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It's difficult to mention the name Subaru without thinking “rally racing.” Rally-prepped WRX hatchbacks can be found on rally circuits all over the world, and fans of that racing genre drive them everywhere snow and wet weather prevail.

But long before boy racers and rally stars caught the Subie bug, Fuji Heavy Industries – Subaru's parent company – built boxy, practical, underpowered people haulers that looked a lot like the economy cars offered by other contemporary Japanese automakers. There was, however, a marked difference: four-wheel drive. That feature made them shine in areas where a car needed to be both fuel efficient and able to handle bad weather.

Fall colors contrasted with iron gray skies, stabbed at times by dazzling rays of fall sunshine, but our focus was on the speed, on arriving on time.

Benjamin Preston

A mid-‘80s Subaru is something of an anomaly. It lacks the pizazz of modern, rally-inspired Subarus, and is considered by many as being too schlubby a car to join the ranks of classics. But a classic it is – if only according to age and the fact that most of them have long since rusted into oblivion. This anemic, unloved de facto classic is also a rally car of a sort.

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