Hondabaru: The Nuttiest Thing You'll See Today

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Let's say you've snagged a rolled Subaru WRX for $1,950 Canadian and you have a Honda Civic you're bored with. Why not chop both up, lay the Civic body on the WRX frame and create an AWD, boxer-powered Hondabaru?


A bug-eyed Subaru WRX is a fine car, and to let a wrecked but running example die in the junkyard would just be a waste. Enter our fine Quebecois friend, the 27-year-old Yannick, who, with a twinkle in his eye and a taste for the reciprocating saw arts, bought it for $1,950. You see, Yannick had a tired Honda Civic at home with a good body but a boring powertrain. His plan was to lop off the damaged body work of the Subaru and weld on the sheetmetal from the Civic. 'Why? ' is the question we began asking, but then finished with 'Why not!?'

Click the 24 image gallery in sequence and watch this bizarre transformation take place

First he reinforced the Rex's frame so it wouldn't get all tweaked out of shape, then lopped off the body work. Next he took a lot off the top of the Civic and dropped it onto its new, Boxer-powered all-wheel-drive home. After some patch panels were stitched in place and the front fender reconstructed, the car was given a coat of satin black paint and some fresh wheels. All it needs now is a new nose and the interior bits to be finished off. We're definitely digging the Subie intake spliced onto the Honda hood. For the princely total of $5,300 Canadian (about $5,307 USD, ouch, can't even make fun of their money anymore), Yannick is nearing completion one of the the strangest one-offs seen 'round these parts in quite a while. Bien fait, notre ami. (Hat tip to Imprezal2345!) [Honda-Tech]


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That Subie was still drivable!


Honestly, this goes directly to my Jalop heart. Which is why I will forever want to take an '81 Oldsmobile Delta 88 diesel, a sedan, and drop an LS9 into it.