Carnival Ride: 1971 Subaru 360

Billionaire investor/car guy/Yugo enthusiast Malcom Bricklin started importing the Subaru 360 in 1968, where he sold them for a basic starting price of $1,297. The little 360/Ladybug was only slightly faster than the typical lawnmower engine powered home-made go-kart, but had license plates and was legal to drive on the road. Unfortunately, US importation of the 360 ended by 1971, shortly after the muckrakers at Consumer Reports labeled the lightweight as “Not Acceptable” due to safety concerns. Imagine what those pearl clutchers would have said if they’d see a 360 that had been modified like this next one?! Find this 1971 Subaru 360 offered for $7,900 in Seattle, WA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1971 Subaru 360
condition: fair
fuel: gas
odometer: 6128
title status: clean
transmission: manual
1971 Subaru 360. Original 6128 mile drive train, runs and drives but will need brakes and a good ‘going through’ to be roadworthy. Car has had the top cut off and assorted modifications to create a fun, summer look but make no mistake this car retains lots of it’s factory OEM parts and character and would make an excellent parts or donor car for your Subaru 360 restoration project, bring it back to factory specs and make a killing on BaT, or fix up and enjoy in its present state. Have trunk lid and some extra parts original to the car. You’ll be the only one at cars and coffee in one of these and that’s a promise. Clean Washington title in hand. $7900.

Consider trade up or down for VW Thing, Porsche 914, or Short bed C10 pickup.

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