By on July 1, 2011

Weirdly vivid car colors were all the rage in the early 1990s, along with clear products, and so this Justy’s Cherenkov Radiation Turquoise paint fit right in with the times. Sadly, the jarring hue and econo-four-wheel-drive weren’t enough to save this rust-free, 5-speed-equipped Subaru sedan from The Crusher’s cold jaws.

Many of these cars came with anti-fun CVT transmissions, but this one has a traditional manual.

Not only that, it’s the futuristic fuel-injected version, not the last-gasp-of-the-carburetor model.

The Unnecessarily Blue interior just screams “1991!” I found this car right after seeing this very solid red Justy 4WD in my neighborhood. Maybe I need to start Justy shopping, for a Denver winter car. How much could a nice one cost?

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28 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1991 Subaru Justy 4WD...”

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    I’ll take “Weirdly vivid car colors” in a heartbeat over the ugly, depressing sea of bland gray that exists today.

    DON’T BUY GRAY/SILVER CARS! Bring back color to the streets!

    • 0 avatar

      +1! I couldn’t agree more!

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      Amen! It’s a little unfortunately how there’s always about 4 different shades of gray/silver available on new cars, and something as traditional as a bright red is getting harder and harder to find.

      I’ve made a vow that my next car will have some spice in it’s life. Red all the way.

      The worst color out there though has to be that copper/burnt-puke that you see on a lot of econo boxes. Talk about making your Caliber even less desirable. But hey, at least it’s not gray!

      • 0 avatar

        Audi is the worst offender – all of their “colors” are shades between white and black, with MAYBE a red and a blue tossed in. BMW is almost as bad.

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      I see a good number of colorful cars on the road, hardly any grays.

      I don’t see whats so bad about gray though, my Horizons a fadedwarped gray yet it manages to stand out.

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      Mmm. . . colors. . .

      While I’m more than ready to buy new from a wildly disparate short list of vehicles, the big factor preventing me from pushing that button is the low-optimism, resale-safe pallette which dominates the market. Unless you’re buying a sports car or a (sub)compact, your color choices are limited to a drab parade of whites, greys and blacks – and when something besides a gray scale is offered, it’s given such a muted tone you might as well be choosing from the standard, substandard selections.

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        Audi and BMW actually have some interesting brightish colors on their smaller models. IMHO, it’s Mercedes that has the most boring color palette right now.

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    Kevin Jaeger

    I am always amazed at the rust-free condition of the cars you manage to find in the junkyards. In Canada ours are invariably rust buckets by the time they’re in the junkyard.

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    A hundred or so years ago, things were reversed. Decent people dressed in somber black and white, but lived in brightly painted Victorian homes. Today, we dress colorfully, but most folks live in beige subdivision and drive drab vehicles in me-too tones of silver and black. Why is that? When I bought a red car, years ago, I was warned it would be a magnet for the cops, but I didn’t get any more tickets with it, or with my current cars, a bright blue Subaru and a brighter green Beetle. When did people grow so afraid to stand out?

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      Actually, Victorian houses were mostly painted in subdued colors when new, mostly grays and whites. It was only in the mid-20th century that people started painting Victorians in crazy bright colors.

      • 0 avatar

        On the other hand, once aniline dyes were widely available Victorian women’s clothing and interior furnishings became very vividly colored. We tend to forget this since we are so accustomed to seeingthe era in black and white photos and Queen Victoria always wore black after Prince Albert’s death.

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        Felis Concolor

        One of the reasons I detest the Neo-Classical look (“the past is dead and should look that way”) is the lack of a proper paint job for the columns and reliefs used for that architectural abomination.

        For fun, pull up an image of the post-restoration Albert Memorial, the ugliest monument in the western world. Gaze upon its ornate, gilded splendor, its aesthetically challenging mash of classic and baroque excess – and the curiously incomplete feeling gnawing at the back of your mind as the thought begins to dominate your sight: “something critical is missing: something is Just. Not. Right.” Now open up Photoshop and stick the Dagmar-encrusted nose of a 1956 Cadillac at each corner of the memorial. Bask in the warm glow of triumph, knowing you have finally brought harmonious completion to the most misguided expression of love and affection ever erected in the British Isles.

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    I am strangely fascinated by this car. It bet it would be a fun, oddball runabout. This one in particular seems like you could drive it right out of the wrecking yard. I wonder what the cause of its ultimate demise was?

  • avatar

    I like these little cars. ALways have. Just so anti everything!

    I agree about car colors. THERE ARE NO YELLOW CADILLACS!!!!!

    a crying shame that.

  • avatar

    The Santorin (dark) Blue paint job on my old 2000 Audi A4 would always get tons of compliments. You can step out of the gray/silver comfort zone without getting too crazy.

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    In the Quebec rally championship there is a fan-favourite team that fields a maroon red Justy every year. It’s a hoot to watch it compete against works and privateer rally mounts. But it’s their sporting spirit that really shines – they stop to help crashed competitors, and they have towed much bigger cars than theirs out of the ditch on many occasions.

    The commentators have nicknamed it “Super Justy”. It sounds even funnier when a Quebecois French commentator says it. “Et maintenant, c’est Soop-erh Just-ee!”

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    My dad had one of these when I was in high school. Awesome little car, black manual with the 4wd button. Nothing would stop it, that little 3 cyl engine and tiny thin tires dug through the worst that NH could throw at it in the winter. Huge fun, easily controlled slides on demand in the winter with 40mpg mileage.

    Loved that little car, wish he had never sold it, far superior to the Saab 900 I was driving.

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    A college friend of mine had one of these–she was a diminutive young lady and always felt most comfortable in a diminutive car (her previous car was an early-’80s Ford Fiesta). Given her utter lack of car knowledge (I think she screwed up the Fiesta by putting oil in the radiator or water in the oil filler), I don’t know how well it ever ran. (It’s probably gone to the crusher.)

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    +1 on the colors. I refuse to own anymore silver, grey, white or black. I’ve owned red, yellow, green and blue cars previously. I’m trying hard to find an orange or burgundy 350Z for my next ride.

    Disclaimer: my truck is silver but that was because I know silver doesn’t look bad with a layer of dirt on it. Wife’s car (C30) is a pearl off-white but she wanted lipstick red, however we couldn’t find one on the used market in that particular color as almost every one we found was… you guessed it: boring silver.

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    Depending upon stock on hand and storage room I would yank the engine, protect it from rain and use it as a “parts engine” for folks needing sundry parts attached to the engine.

    Of course, the computer will also display asked-for parts from whatever calendar range asked and if NO ONE wanted a part attached to the engine; adios amigo.


    If only I had had the capital and the space MY yard woulda’ be a contender.

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    Christ, this thing only has a 100K miles on it! It shouldn’t be anywhere near here.

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    It looks way too nice to be in a junkyard. Here in Wisconsin, I regularly see cars on the road that look far worse than this one: peeling paint, rust holes, accident damage, etc. Some are so bad I can’t believe they’re still going. Seeing a car this nice in the junkyard is surreal.

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