Last Call- Area 51 Pick-A-Part Edition

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Coming upon an old Subaru XT in the junkyard is like finding a ray gun in the back of your dad’s closet- you don’t know what exactly it does, but you definitely want to play with it.

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16 responses to “Last Call- Area 51 Pick-A-Part Edition”

  1. B72 Avatar

    Who would have thought that JC Whitney saw fit to sell a custom fitted cheap aftermarket dashboard cover for this. And not only that, but the owner had enough taste to buy the car, and and enough lack of taste to buy the cover. What are the chances?
    Does JC Whitney make accessories for Citroen SM's too?

    1. P161911 Avatar

      Probably, they had a custom fit carpet set for my 1967 Imperial in about 1999.

  2. Plecostomus Avatar

    I am wildly confused by the asymmetrical steering wheel.

    1. smokyburnout Avatar

      Keep your hands at 7 and 2!
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    2. topdeadcentre Avatar

      Think of it as an homage to the form of the power drill. Or the above-mentioned ray gun. Or even a brilliant statement of the mid-80's Postmodernist-industrial aesthetic, right before Deconstructionalism got all popular and tweaked the nose of the many-confusing-identical-rectangular-buttons design era.

  3. Plecostomus Avatar

    This is an XT with ANALOG gauges instead of the crazy digital dash one

  4. Tomsk Avatar

    Pistol-Grip Shifter: Not Just for Mopars?

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  5. JayP2112 Avatar

    I wish Subaru would go back to it's odd-ball roots. Making these meh Legacys and CUVs kinda sucks.
    More BRATs and XTs, and whatever those turbo sedans were… The last hoorah was that Legacy truck thing that was pretty cool but no one would buy.

    1. 1slowvw Avatar

      You mean the Baja
      I once had a women call in when I was working at the parts desk at an auto parts store, she repeated that she had a Subaru Ba Ja several times. It just so happened that my co-worker and I were discussing automobile names/part names that were often butchered the evening before. I finally asked her to hold for a moment and told her I was going to transfer her to my co-worker stating that he knew far more about Subies then myself. He could barely keep from laughing at the lady. I felt pretty bad at the time actually I'm usually super respectful with customers, but it was just one of those instances where the timing was so convenient that I couldn't help having a little laugh at her expense.

      1. LEROOOY Avatar

        I SAID I DRIVE A FORD FISO! What is wrong with you people?!?!?

  6. Alcology Avatar

    There's some guy in whitman, ma that is doing some major work with Subaru XT's as tons of parts keep appearing on craigslist. I've always been kinda curious to send a note and ask.

  7. HoondavanDude Avatar

    These cars were pretty common while I was growing up in Upstate NY. Unfortunately, road salt was not kind to the 80's subaru body…I can't imagine many are left. I really don't understand the whole dash pad thing. I suppose if you live in AZ and are trying to protect your dash I understand…but to cover up a cracked dash? I don't know what looks worse.
    I've probably been bit by the nostalgia bug…but I'd love to own one of these. I had a couple of friends in high school who owned them in 6cyl 4WD, 4cyl turbo 4WD, and 4cyl NA FWD variants (all 5-speed manuals). Some of the XT6's had air suspension, which was commonly swapped out for springs. Definitely quirky, even for their time. It seems like all japanese manufacturers had a hint of bonkers in the '80s.
    Toyota: Supercharged MR2, Manual transmission cab-forward 4WD cargo van (!), Celica GT-4, Tercel wagon 4WD
    Mitsubishi: 323GLX, Starion, cab-forward cargo vans
    Subaru: RX coupe/hatchback, turbo wagons, XT6
    Honda: hmmmmm…less exciting, but the si hatchbacks were quirky

  8. toxicavenger1 Avatar

    Wish you had more pictures.Love some scrapyard scrounging.