Around the office, (and if you know me well enough) you’d have known that I have fallen in love with a Subaru that was so forgotten and so undersold that it literally was, underrated. The Subaru SVX. With only 24,379 made and 59% of that going to the USA, I’ve officially fallen in love.
Best part is…. you can still get one today.
So why have I fallen with a rare ass hell Subaru?
Just look at it.
You wouldn’t have to go very far into exactly why I have. I mean, just look at the windows. You’d have to go far to not make such a pretty yet a practical window at the same time. Subaru didn’t just put those there just for the heck of it. Those windows are large enough to fit your hands when at a toll booth so you don’t have to break your arm to pay, nor do you have to spend dollars on a new side of your face when you want to get a draft in.
Three point three litre, dual overhead cam, twenty-four valve, two hundred and twenty eight horsepower, boxer six. Enough to launch the car from zero to sixty in about seven point three seconds. Leisurely today, I’m sure, but then, when was a grand tourer ever all about going fast?
Okay, I’ll admit that the gearbox always has the engine swallowing it, like in it’s name 4EATing, but then, if you can source a oil cooler or a 5 speed WRX or a 6 speed WRXSTi gearbox, then you can still have more to spare.
Back when the SVX was new, a 1992 SVX in LS trim with an optional touring package was $28,000. With inflation, it’ll cost $50,000. Around $10,000 more than the equivalent 3.5 V6 XLE Toyota Camry. But today, with used car prices, you can pick up an SVX for just over a tenth of the inflated price.
It’s hard to find something with this much amazingness for less. It’s why I’ve fallen for the lines.
What about me?
Well, this is really a no-brainer. Yes, for the current value, you can buy a more reliable, more practical, and in certain cases, a much better looking car. But for a car that was an underappreciated modern classic, you can’t be wrong about buying a Subaru SVX.