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  • 17 – 1992 Subaru Justy in Colorado Junkyard – photograph by Murilee Martin

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  • 99 – 1992 Subaru Justy in Colorado Junkyard – photograph by Murilee Martin

We have a tendency to think about Subarus as outdoorsy all-wheel-drive machines lined up at your native trailheads and REI parking heaps nowadays, however the first Subarus to promote in america have been tiny, low-cost commuter automobiles. By way of the Seventies and into the Eighties, at the same time as growing numbers of Subarus bought elective all-wheel drive (American-market Subarus did not go 100% AWD till the 1996 mannequin 12 months), most Individuals continued to think about these Pleiades-badged machines as little tin cans too small even for intercourse. By the early Nineteen Nineties, the little Justy was the ultimate holdout for bargain-basement Subaru econoboxes, and a lot of the ones I discover right here in Denver are the slightly-more-desirable four-wheel-drive variations. Here is a uncommon late-production front-wheel-drive Justy, present in a yard midway to the Wyoming line.

The late Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties gave us many of those kicky decal kits on low-cost automobiles. This graphic-design type lives on with the Jazz Solo cup. I do not know if these decals went on on the manufacturing unit in Japan or within the vendor’s lot.

The bottom-grade 1992 Justy had a 1.2-liter straight-three engine rated at 66 horsepower. These of you with sharp eyes might have observed the carburetor on this engine — that is proper, Individuals might purchase a brand new automobile with a carburetor as late as 1992!  By 1993, the Justy’s final 12 months right here, digital gasoline injection had shoved our buddy the carburetor apart. (Some new Isuzu pickups had carbs right here till 1994.)

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The Justy was one of many earliest automobiles we might get right here with a repeatedly variable transmission, and that rig was horrible. With the five-speed, which this automobile has, the Justy was very sluggish however not fairly as depressing because the even-more-underpowered Geo Metro and Ford Festiva of the identical period. In actual fact, the final new mass-production automobile out there in america with beneath 50 hp was the 1993 Geo Metro XFi. Even the early Honda Insights had a mixed gasoline/electrical 80 horsepower score.

Gasoline financial system on the five-speed Justy was excellent, after all, however the five-digit odometer on this automobile signifies that we do not know what number of gas-sipping complete miles handed beneath its tires.

Air con? Amazingly, sure! It most likely felt like opening a parachute behind this automobile when the A/C compressor kicked in, however the unique purchaser of this one felt that refrigerated air was a worthwhile extravagance.

By this time, U.S.-market new automobiles have been required to have both a driver’s-side airbag or automated seatbelts. The Justy bought the maddening auto-belts.

The Justy was larger than a kei automobile, so that you have been actually movin’ if you had one in Japan.

Blows the doorways off the Excel and Tercel (I am skeptical of a CVT Justy beating any automobile in a drag race), however will get overwhelmed by the Porsche 928S.