5k: Ocean Hopping Keitora: 1991 Subaru Sambar

How much more Idaho can you get than a small town named Salmon with a population of 3,112?  Perhaps a town named Potato or Spud could be even more descriptive of the 14th largest and 39th most populous state in the Union, but today’s feature has floated a long way from home.  Find this 1991 Subaru Sambar offered for $4,500 in Salmon, ID via craigslist.  Tip from AbnMike.

The Subaru Sambar was introduced in 1961 as Japan’s first Keitora (軽トラ) or kei class truck.  This fifth generation Sambar is a long way from the original 2-cylinder powered version, but it still puts the motor behind the rear wheels and offers a surprising amount of versatility for its overall dimensions while conforming  with the Japanese kei-car (keijidōsha or light automobile) regulations.. 

The Sambar is powered by a 660 cc EN07 inline-4 cylinder gasoline engine
located in the rear that puts out 54 horsepower into the rear wheels with the help of an intercooled supercharger.  Add four wheel drive and a 6-speed manual gearbox hardly makes this thing a GTR competitor, but it’ll certainly be as much fun as anything else you can find for less than $5k.

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