5k: Chicken Tax Evader: 1986 Subaru BRAT

In 1977 Subaru introduced an El Camino version of its Leone family sedan and called it the Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter or BRAT.  The BRAT featured a set of rear facing plastic jump seats to avoid the so called Chicken Tax, which is actually a US Tariff on light trucks that originally started when France and Germany levied a tax on US Chicken exports, but that is a story for another time.  Find this 1986 Subaru BRAT for sale in York, SC currently bidding on ebay for $2,025 reserve-not-met with 5 days to go.  Big thanks to tip from Andy L.

This BRAT is equipped with all-wheel-drive and a 4-speed manual transmission for the ultimate sporty BRAT experience…which will be about a sporty as driving a FedEx truck.

The BRAT is powered by a 1.8 liter inline-4 cylinder EA series Subaru engine, which should put out about 73 horsepower and 94 ft-lbs of torque. 

The inside of this BRAT is so clean and minty that it makes us want to shout: “You think I got where I am today because I
dressed like Peter Pan over here?
Take a look at what I’m wearing, people. You think anybody wants a
roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these bad boys? Forget
about it. Last off, my students will learn about self respect. You think
anybody thinks I’m a failure because I go home to Starla at night?
Forget about it! ”

Finally the plastic buckets with joystick grips bring back memories of watching idiots ride in the back of these in the days before “click it or ticket” campaigns blanked the nation and per tipper Andy: “A major plus are the factory rearward-facing jump-seats with grab
handles.  Of course, the big draw here is that passengers in the bed can
booze-cruise in comfort without getting the driver an open-container
charge.  They can even toast the jealous passengers in the trailing cars
at each stoplight.”

See a better booze-cruiser? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com