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July 7, 1953 – Subaru is established
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July 7, 1953 – Subaru is established

On this day in 1953 Fuji Heavy Industries Co., Ltd (FHI) established the Subaru brand, which is the name given to the Pleiades star cluster shown on the Subaru logo. The six stars represent the six companies that merged together to create FHI. The first Subaru car, the 1500, debuted the following year but only saw a production run of 20 vehicles. Above: Subaru 360Top: A Subaru 1500, among the first vehicles produced by the Subaru brand The first mass produced Subaru, the 360, hosted a 16 hp engine that achieved 66 miles per gallon. The car was known in Japan as the “people’s car,” as it was the first affordable personal vehicle offered in the country. By the end of the 1970s the 360, which had earned the nickname "Ladybug," was upgraded to a 36 hp engine that could hit 50 miles...
May 14, 1966 – Subaru introduces the 1000
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May 14, 1966 – Subaru introduces the 1000

By 1966, Subaru had been selling its tiny, rear engine 360 for nearly a decade. By then, Executives knew the Japanese automaker had to step up its competition in the compact car market. In order to compete with the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sunny, Mazda Familia and others, Subaru introduced the 1000, which went on sale on this day in 1966.  Above: A 1958 Subaru 360, which was sold from 1958 until 1971. By Mytho88 - CC BY-SA 3.0Top: A Subaru 1000. By Mytho88 CC BY-SA 2.5 The 1000, the first front wheel drive car produced by Subaru, featured a 977 cc boxer engine that put out a plentiful 54 horsepower. This production model, which lasted until 1969, was the successor to the 1500 prototype that had been showcased a dozen years earlier. That car launched Fuji Heavy Industries...
Future Collectible – 1984 Subaru GL Wagon
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Future Collectible – 1984 Subaru GL Wagon

In the 1980s, Subaru claimed their four-wheel-drive GL wagon was the perfect car for climbing mountains and the social ladder. Unfortunately, the specimen we have here is front-wheel-drive. Nonetheless, the seller believes they've proven that two wheels are as good as four when it comes to their 1984 Subaru GL Wagon for sale on Craiglist outside of Chicago. They state that it was driven from Washington state to Illinois last fall, and that their little wagon "took the mountains in stride." Having made this drive on several occasions, I can say that this is quite a feat for a 36 year old car. Subaru must have done its research, at least in regard to the mountain part. At $3,400 could this Subaru be your future collectible? Featuring an astonishing 72 horsepower four-banger connecte...