I’m very fond of the Subaru 360. It’s the perfect car for people who see a VW Beetle and think, “I love it, but can I get something smaller, slower, less safe, and with much less luggage room?” It’s a little charming kook of a car, and the kookiest kook is the Young SS sporty version.
Before I can talk about the ordeal that was driving a 925lbs. 25hp car across the United States, let me give some back story about myself and this car, and why in desperation I decided to take it on a long, long drive some years ago.
The most infamous review in the history of Consumer Reports car reviews came in 1969 when they covered the new to America Subaru 360. Their summation: Not Acceptable.
If you'd loved the classic VW Type 1, but always considered them too big, too lacking in suicide doors and too over-powered, then Nice Price or Crack Pipe has a Subie that'll have you doing 360s.
If you're young where it counts, the Subaru Sport is a grabber! We've got the whole line of Malcolm Bricklin's little imports, including the 360, microtrucks, and the innovative front-drive, boxer-engined Star.
Back when Malcolm Bricklin decided to import the 66 MPG Subaru 360 to the United States, there was just one selling point: cheapness! This trio of ads, featuring a bell-bottomed babe and painfully dated flute-and-harpsichord soundtrack, gave no hint that one day SOO-bar-oo would sell huge quantities of somewhat less…