Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Subaru talks the rally car talk, but doesn’t really seem to walk the rally car walk. Would that failing have you walking away from talking up its price?
Naomi Parker Fraley, the woman famously portrayed as “Rosie the Riveter,” passed away last month at the age of 96. Fraley wasn’t revealed as the iconic symbol of women in the workforce until just two years ago, but it’s nice that she received that recognition before she died.
The American can-do attitude, as portrayed by Ms. Fraley’s iconic alter ego, is of course legendary. Whether it was enlisting wartime women for jobs previously thought only appropriate for men, putting men on the moon (also undertaken with the indispensable work of women), or restoring yesterday’s pair of Saab Sonett III sports cars, we are definitely a nation of Americans and not Ameri-can’ts.
Not only were those Saabs seen as worth the endeavor, the package price of $2,400 was felt equally worthy, earning a solid 75-percent Nice Price win. Well, I guess that settles it, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and shout “We Can Do It!” Who’s with me? No? Okay, never mind.
Have you ever noticed that there’s a fine line between being a purveyor of a personality that’s eclectic and interesting and just plain being a weirdo? Yep, it’s kind of tomato/tomahto for a lot of people, and I’m fully aware that I’ve crossed over the line from time to time, as likely have we all.
I’m not quite sure which side of that line a driver of this 1984 Subaru GL10 would fall. You see, having a Subaru is generally considered to be a socially accepted symbol of idiosyncrasy. It’s odd without being off-putting, different but not dunning. This one however, has a little extra weirdness thrown in for good measure.
Let’s start with the basic car. When you think of Subaru you may envision all-wheel drive and maybe even a wagon bodystyle. This GL10 has neither of those.
It is a somewhat funky coupe with frameless door glass and a small windowlet in the rear pillar that looks like a afterthought. The rest of the body is typical of Subaru in the early Eighties—a Japanese aesthetic that was slightly more clunky than its contemporaries.
This one builds on that with a set of accoutrements intended to evoke the look of Subaru’s rally ride of the time. Those include a bull bar up front, driving lights behind that, and even more lights with antiglare shields mounted to the fenders at the base of the windscreen. It’s all seemingly period correct, but you have to ask yourself, where did these pieces come from, and why were they applied to a mild-mannered FWD car and not to a more rally-appropriate turbocharged and AWD edition? Also, why does the seller note in the ad that the mudflaps are functional?
See? That’s weird.
The engine is a 1781-cc SOHC flat four that offered up a factory spec’d 73 horsepower in its U.S. guise. That’s backed up here by a five-speed stick and power gets set to the front wheels by way of equal-length halfshafts. As noted, the rear wheels are just along for the ride here. The mechanicals will move the car in a very un-rally like zero to sixty time of around 13 seconds, and the top speed is an equally old school 93 miles per hour.
Pop open a door here and you’re confronted with an interior that looks clean, but comes with upholstery that inarguably has too many dots. Geez, I need to sit down after looking at it because it’s making me dizzy. So many dots!
There’re electric windows in here and an analog instrument panel too as apparently the vastly more eclectic digital dash was fried in the great alternator exchange of ’08 or whenever. Add-on gauges are also included but we don’t get a pic to see just how ticky-tacky those are.
The bodywork—extant the lights—looks serviceable, as does the grey paint. Under the hood, the engine looks to be without issue, and hello, there’s the spare tire!
The car comes with under 90K on the clock. It’s also originally from California so there doesn’t seem to be any rust of any note. Still, considering its origin there may be guac, and perhaps even some tofu, so be forewarned. The issue of it being a California car, offered in Maryland, but rocking Wisconsin plates goes unexplained in the ad.
How much is this faux rally GL10? The asking price is $2,000, and of course you’d have to be an unique individual to drive such an eclectic car so keep that in mind too. What do you think, is this Subaru worth that $2,000 asking? Or, could you just not rally around it at that price?
H/T to Phil Jones for the hookup!
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