Junkyard Find: 1991 Subaru Justy 4WD

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1991 subaru justy 4wd

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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  • Dimwit Dimwit on Jul 02, 2011

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

  • Big_gms Big_gms on Jul 02, 2011

    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.

  • SilverCoupe I am one of those people whose Venn diagram of interests would include Audis and Formula One.I am not so much into Forums, though. I spend enough time just watching the races.
  • Jeff S Definitely and very soon. Build a hybrid pickup and price it in the Maverick price range. Toyota if they can do this soon could grab the No 1 spot from Maverick.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would be a neat car if restored, and a lot of good parts are there. But also a lot of very challenging obstacles, even just from what we can see from the pictures. It's going to be hard to justify a restoration financially.
  • Jeff S Ford was in a slump during this era and its savior was a few years away from being introduced. The 1986 Taurus and Sable saved Ford from bankruptcy and Ford bet the farm on them. Ford was also helped by the 1985 downsize front wheel drive full sized GM cars. Lincoln even spoofed these new full size GM cars in an ad basically showing it was hard to tell the difference between a Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. This not only helped Lincoln sales but Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria sales. For GM full size buyers that liked the downsized GM full size 77 to 84 they had the Panther based Lincoln Town Cars, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victorias that were an alternative to the new GM front wheel drive full size cars that had many issues when they were introduced in 1985 and many of those issues were not resolved for several years. The Marks were losing popularity after the Mark Vs.
  • SCE to AUX Toyota the follower, as usual. It will be 5 years before such a vehicle is available.I can't think of anything innovative from them since the Gen 1 Prius. Even their mythical solid state battery remains vaporware.They look like pre-2009 General Motors. They could fall hard.