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How rare are 1st gen and 2nd gen Subaru Brat?
Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:58 AM
I am currently looking for a Subaru Brat because they look pimp with the back seats. Just the way they look and how RARE they are. I just wanna know how rare are the 1st gen and 2nd gen Subaru Brat? I've found some on craigslist and ebay for $2500-$3000+
Posted 27 January 2010 - 08:41 AM
Posted 27 January 2010 - 04:09 PM
you'll have us (the enthusiasts) after your hide.
Believe me, unless you're willing to hunt for parts and do a looooot of research
Owning any Subaru older than the 90's is an adventure in itself.
Be ready to get a lot of wrong parts, a lot of headaches and do a lot of modding.
Unless you're dedicated to it, you shouldn't even bother.
PS: They are rather rare as well
Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:25 PM
If you don't know how to wrench and don't plan to learn I would not recommend buying an old Subie whether it is a brat, hatch or wagon. But they are fantastic cars. We have an 82 Brat, 83 Wagon and 86 Hatch - all with EA81 engines. The wagon and hatch are daily drivers. But I think the Brat is getting an EJ motor we have sitting in the garage.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:17 AM
As one who own one i can tell you that i wouldt replace it for any other mini truck
Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:45 AM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:29 AM
don't go expecting to bolt on mods. the best you can do is invent, or retrofit parts from newer soobs to accept aftermarket parts.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:48 PM
I live in WI, I've come upon 2-3 Subaru Brat and seen one back in WY, when I was there for school. Other than that, I found a Brat for sale but it needs work, A LOT of work actually. I'm looking for another car incase my '99 RS (DD) needs maintenance. The guy isn't asking much but it just needs work and it'll cost me more to get the car home.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:38 AM
Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:41 PM
Were you in Laramie for school? That might have been Russ's brat (he's Cabobaroo on here)
Yes, I was in Laramie for school.
Posted 12 November 2015 - 12:47 PM
well i just bought 2 subaru brat gls for $800. one is a 1982 subaru brat gl and the other is a 1984 subaru brat gl. heres a picture of my two. I believe I got a great deal. and the seats which sell for a high price, i got for free with the trucks
Posted 15 November 2015 - 12:16 PM
Posted 15 November 2015 - 06:52 PM
Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:01 PM
Posted 09 February 2016 - 05:06 PM
I know this is an old thread, but just to add my .02
The Subaru Brat is most def a rare vehicle, especially one that is in nice condition. Most of them have either been crushed or rusted into the ground. So finding a nice, rust free, clean example of a first generation Brat is tough to come by.
Posted 10 February 2016 - 04:40 PM
Good ones are getting rarer now have to pay more for them (body and mechanicals)
Most have rust / full of bog (filler) and tired mechanically (neglected)
Unfortunately these were bad for rusting generally any way so agree if you can find one from a dry air climate and non salted roads also all the better
Heres a really good one here in NZ
Edited by subnz, 11 February 2016 - 03:48 AM.
Posted 14 February 2016 - 06:41 PM
I bought three 78" Brats for 1k here in Dallas. Planning on fixing 2 of them
Posted 25 March 2016 - 01:17 AM
Posted 25 March 2016 - 02:22 AM
It will be interesting to watch this thread evolve as time goes on. The unfortunate thing is many of the Brats on the road or for sale have significant rust damage, I can't tell you how many times I communicated with a seller who listed a rust free or "only some rust on the bumper" car and when asked for pics of some key areas underneath they replied that there was allot of rust they hadn't seen until they crawled under it. When these things start to rust they can go fast, likely many of the ones in semi rusty shape simply won't be here in a few years. Prices for clean examples have risen but compared to other "collectable" cars they are still not worth much, a pristine one would sell for less than your average low end econobox sells for new today, were not talking 69 Camaro or bug eye Sprite prices and I don't think they will ever see that range.
Like so many cars of that era they had high disposal rates and corrosion issues, and so few are getting restored compared to other antique cars so at some point they will see a popularity boost simply by rarity. I don't think that will translate to Barrett Jackson bidding wars though, but it will be harder for enthusiasts to find good condition or restoration candidates, I think that now is the time to get serious about preserving them. The way we use them will also evolve, the garage kept ones that are out of the wet and salt will be here in another 20 years while the ones still being wheeled and exposed simply won't be and it is a tough decision, do you go out and enjoy yours now or do you get to drive it to cars and coffee when your retired?
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