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need to know years of production
Posted 15 November 2005 - 03:20 AM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 05:19 AM
replaced by the R2, which as far as I can tell was pretty much the same thing, only less popular...
replaced by the Rex in 1972, RWD, rear mounted 356cc 4 stroke water cooled 2 cylinder, increased to 665cc in 1982. Became front wheel drive in 1981 and replaced with the Vivio in 1992.
Not sure when they started making normal size cars, but I read that Japanese companies were using Subaru wagons as utility vehicles by 1971 and then the idea came to some dude that if they made them 4WD they could have a chance in America, which happened in 1975. Other countries got the 4WDs in 1972 or 73.
hope that helps
Posted 17 November 2005 - 09:52 PM
1958: 360 sedan
1961?: Sambar van, truck, 360 convertible ceased production (ragtop).
Some modifications to the 360 line and Rabbit scooter line until 1968; 450cc engine available on 360
1968: FF1 sedan introduced in Asia, Australia, NZ
1969: 360 introduced to the US; FF1 wagon and 4-door sedan (previously 2-door only) introduced
1970: FF1 range arrives Stateside
1971: FF1 available with 100cc-larger 1100 engine. FF1 also first Subaru to use "Quadrizontal" horizontally opposed engine.
1972: Rex replaces 360; Leone begins to supersede FF1. FF1 still has 1000cc and 1100cc engine options. Leone available with 1100cc engine in Asia; only 1300cc engine available in States. Body styles include 2- and 4- door sedans, coupe, and wagon. All Subaru station wagons to date including Sambar van and 360 custom have had a split tailgate. Sambar now based on Rex platform.
1973: Leone engine displacement in US grows to 1400cc. Last year for choke on dashboard, first year for emissions equipment. 4-speed manual is the only transmission offered. AM radio optional on most models. Then as now, Subaru's primary supplier is Clarion. Last year for "solid" vinyl upholstery on non-coupe models (later years have basketweave) and split tailgate station wagons. Rex continues in Japan and is introduced in European markets. Subaru never offers another microcar in the States.
1974: No major changes from '73 apart from colors, midyear introduction of performance Leone with dual carburetors and midyear change to single-port exhaust. Head gaskets strengthened.
1975: First model year for 4WD wagons and all that they entailed. No more cowcatcher bumpers on these models as they are classified as light trucks/utility vans. Air conditioning is now available from the factory as well as dealers; numerous aftermarket suppliers now making appearance and performance accessories; popular dealer add-ons include vent louvers for rear windows on Coupes; aftermarket cassette and 8-Trak players; and wooden shifter knobs.
1976: Subaru's first Ski Wagons debut; 1600cc EA71 engine debuts at the end of the year. Stage II dash introduced. Cloth seats an option for the first time.
1977: More options become popular. 1400cc engine phased out.
1978: First year for the BRAT. By now Subaru is the best-selling import station wagon in the US.
1979: Last year for Gen 1 wagons, sedans and coupes. FFE is the most economical Subie. GF hardtop will be phased out and not replaced until 1982 when GLF coupe/hardtop is finally equipped with comparable equipment. Finally automatic transmissions (introduced in 1975) account for more than 25% of Subaru sales.
1980: New 1800cc engine available only with automatic. Coupe, 2- and 4-door sedans, hardtop, hatchback and wagon body styles offered. New US Ski Team Wagon debuts. Automatic transmission upgraded to handle power from 1800cc engine; will be offered with 4WD within a year on foreign markets (1983 in US). Most Subies are now being sold with cloth upholstery; power steering is now available; and most manual transmission wagons are 4WDs. This brings you up into what's already available in the Gallery and at www.fhi.co.jp and www.subaru-global.co.jp . Good luck with your project!!
(this is as accurate as I can make it based upon my recollections, experience, and stacks of old owners' manuals/dealer lit. Corrections welcomed.)
Posted 17 November 2005 - 11:55 PM
What he said! True enthusiast!
theres a guy who knows his stuff:lol:
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