That Near-Perfect Subaru Legacy Has Found Its New Home

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Photo: The Rad Report / Craigslist

Earlier last week, our wonderful Mercedes Streeter stumbled across a truly stunning Craigslist find: a 1990 Subaru Legacy Wagon that, despite its 216,000 miles, looks like it was transported directly into 2021 fresh off the production line. Well, my fine folks: It has found its forever home.

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If you need a refresher, this great piece of 1990s beauty was listed for sale by The Rad Report, who put as much love and care into their sale description as they did in revitalizing the car:

...I was charmed by the proportions of this car. The short hood and extended back, the straight lines moving across the body. It was at once familiar and idiosyncratic, clearly built to be useful but with engineering parameters that allowed for a unique iteration on a standard form. On further inspection, the commitment to smoothness, a consistent fillet across the sheet metal and molded plastic was remarkable and beautiful. A near-perfect expression of enthusiasm for the new decade (the 90's), somehow subtle and radical at once. A utility vehicle in Tomorrowland.

Unfortunately, after just over year, our unfortunate protagonist was unable to convince his wife to keep the car, and he listed it on Craigslist. But now, the beauty has sold, hopefully to someone who will cherish this beautiful 1990s machine for the rest of their days.

I received nine emails. Four of them were fan-letters, immensely sweet responses expressing appreciation for the care and effort to sell it. Three of them were solid offers at the asking price, two of which came as a result of the coverage from Jalopnik. One of them was what can best be described as hate-mail,” The Rad Report wrote on Instagram.I think the writer takes strong offense to the idea that these can be valuable.”

But the real exciting story here? The Rad Report sold his near-perfect Legacy to Subaru of America in Camden, New Jersey, where it will live out its days in a climate-controlled environment, occasionally hitting the road to take part in events and shows.

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It just goes to show that value is in the eye of the beholder, and that a well-maintained car is always going to appeal to someone’s heart. (That means you, hate-mail-sender.)

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DISCUSSION

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Aaron shared the “hate mail” in a public post on Radwood, and knowing that this ended up in the Subaru museum makes the emails so much funnier to read:

𝐑𝐞: 𝟏𝟗𝟗𝟎 𝐀𝐖𝐃 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐚𝐜𝐲 𝐖𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐧 / 𝐀𝐧 E𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 M𝐚𝐥𝐞 A𝐠𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧.

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Fri, Jan 1, 2021 at 6:56 AM

That’s a $1200 car anyday USA

not an offer

Reality.

You need help.

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Wed, Jan 6, 2021 2:23 pm

Car has sold for asking.

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:19 PM

still for sale

a retard with money that is blind is what youre hoping for

From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 6, 2021 at 3:19 PM

and donkeys fly…..

From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 4:42 AM

its still a $1200 car and isnt going up any anytime soon or selling anytime this year

From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 4:42 AM

your smog cert is 13 months old

only your relatives would buy an unsmogged 30 year old $1200 car

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Thu, Jan 7, 2021 6:56 am

Despite your inability to believe it the car did sell for asking, I’ll update the ad today.

I’m curious , is this something that you do as a hobby?

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 1:31PM

and the car still isnt sold

is this something you say you do as a hobby?

BSing people?

From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 10:36 PM

update it?

delete it when sold,which means you’ll be editing not deleting

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 8:03 am

It’s been updated.

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 1:106 pm

so youll be reposting it in a week or 2 after you think people forgot about your BS?

youre a psycho at your mommys house

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 1:11 pm

It’s sold, back to Subaru for their private collection. I understand it’s difficult for you to accept, I’m not sure exactly why though.

How many listings do you rage at every day? Do you have a whole inbox full of these kind of conversations? I’m genuinely curious.

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM

take your pill child,and get a hug from your mommy

get a nap

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 1:16 pm

I’m going to take that as “many”. And “I don’t know, I’m just really angry for some reason”

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 1:17 PM

if it was sold you would just delete it but you have a need to lie and hope to impress complete strangers

youre severely mentally ill

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From: <Aaron >

To: <Hater>

Sent: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 1:20 pm

I see you’re sort of a Craigslist Truther. I guess that wraps that up.

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From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 1:22 PM

Any public page you have drones on and on and you never shut up

you are so full of your narcisistic self you masturbate in front of a mirror as many times a day as you can

nothing you say has any truth to it and you need the last word

keep trying to convince yourself by emailing me now

From: <Hater>

To: <Aaron >

Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 1:23 PM

youre full of shit and thats all you are

————— End of Forwarded message ————-

Update, after Jalopnik article and Subaru sale :

< "considering the press "your post got?

That is hilarious

youre about the biggest liar for your own self to read and suck your own dick

you need mental help severely >

And

<you never had this car and wasted $5 to act like you did something that never happened

you are a tweak>