Junkyard Find: 1982 Subaru L Coupe

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1982 subaru l coupe

Subaru went through a lot of bewildering names for the early Leone in North America, and they’ve retained that tradition with their Legacy- and Impreza-based Outbacks in more recent years. Here in Colorado, I find astonishing quantities of 20+ year-old Subarus in wrecking yards. Most are four-wheel-drive machines, for obvious reasons, but every so often I run across an elderly front-wheel-drive Leone. Here’s a rare 2WD coupe version I spotted in Aurora a few weeks back.

These things were cheap and (by the very lenient standards of the time) fairly reliable. Sure, they rusted like crazy (this one isn’t too bad, thanks to Colorado’s single-digit humidity), but what Malaise Era Japanese car didn’t?

I’ll take any excuse to find weird Japanese car ads.

Or vaguely relevant songs that I remember from Dr. Demento in the late 1970s.

This car appears to have been pretty well loaded with options you don’t see too often on Japanese subcompacts of the era. Power steering!

Power windows!

Subaru stuck with this semi-weird style of headlight switch as the 1980s progressed, though it was sort of drowned out by the wilder fighter-jet-style stuff in cars like the XT6.

One thing that hasn’t changed in all these decades of Subarus is the good old boxer engine layout.

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  • Rabbo4u Rabbo4u on Nov 21, 2012

    Oh i need some parts for my old Subby Gl ! how contact with him?

  • Laserwizard Laserwizard on Dec 28, 2015

    Being odd doesn't make it good. Subarus are for those people who are into women and are women, who have less eyesight than IQ, and who just want to prove that they are different. I remember this brand from the days when they were cheap and built that way and trying to go mainstream is a joke. The only thing this brand has going for it is 4 wheel drive and it isn't in my driveway.

    • RideHeight RideHeight on Dec 28, 2015

      I was going to tell you where the rest of us are but if you're gonna be all troglodyte, screw ya. Rattle around in the past like some half-bright ghost.

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