A Bright Star: 1989 Subaru XT6

There is a certain niche in late model classics cars that aren’t particularly fast or engaging to drive, but they are interesting nonetheless.  Think Audi Quattro, Ford EXP, Cadillac Allante, Chevrolet Fiero…but one of my favorites (from an aesthetic point of view) has got to be Subaru’s XT/XT6 which was a predecessor to the Subaru SVX and went by the name Alcyone in Japan. Find this 1989 Subaru XT6 here on eBay bidding for $1,500 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go, located in Middleburg, FL.

Without knowing the reserve, it is difficult to determine conclusively if this particular XT6 is going to be a good deal, but it has better photos than the average fuzzy craiglist XT6, I can see the license plate, and it runs/drives without sketchy issues.

In a sea of similarly shaped jelly bean cars of the 1980s, the XT was a breath of fresh air from Subaru and strangely a head-turner on the road today…probably because people are so surprised to see it still on the road.  The 2.7 liter ER27 flat-6 puts 145 horsepower into the front wheels via a 4-speed automatic gearbox (although 4WD was an available, and commonly selected, option).

On the inside we can see an aircraft inspired cockpit setup and a set of those terrible neck-chopping automatic seatbelts from the 80s.  It is amazing to think that a single human being (muchless the entire automotive industry and safety nazis) ever thought that an automatic seat belt with separate lap belt was a better/safer alternative to a fixed shoulder belt setup. 

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