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Originally posted in October 2019 on Craigslist in Selma, North Carolina is this 129K Original mile, 1992 Subaru SVX AWD the caretaker for the past fourteen years is currently asking $3,500 for. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists their “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for SVX’s at $1,650, $2,425, and $3,625, respectively so the current caretaker is being realistic about pricing his example.
When Subaru launched their weird and angular XT coupe in 1985, consumers and automotive journalists alike thought the company could not top the weirdness of that car. Not only did they top it with the launch of the SVX in 1991, Subaru set the bar high enough that outside of the short-lived Outback four-door pickup, all of the company’s vehicles have been very conservative ever since.
Billed as a luxury performance coupe, the flat six powered SVX could only be had with an automatic transmission, which immediately turned off most enthusiasts. The Giugiaro-penned airplane cockpit design for the roof with its “window-within-a-window” element proved to be very polarizing, and the required automatic shoulder belts ruined the look. Most controversial of all was the price: a $25,000 base (approximately $46,000 in today’s dollars) had most consumers buying a sportier alternative. Consequently, SVX’s are an even rarer site today.
The private seller reports while the speedometer no longer works, during their fourteen years of ownership they’ve added 29K miles. You’ll need to confirm with him on how long the speedometer has not been functional and how he came up with those figures. The seller notes that in addition to the speedometer, the passenger side window and the air conditioning system also need to be repaired. We note from the pictures that the black leather upholstery is in serious need of a moisturizing application before they are too far gone. If you are an avid Subaru enthusiast who can work on these cars, this might be a nice addition to your growing Subie collection. If not, as long as this car does not turn into a money pit, it will make a great conversation piece at your local RADwood or Cars & Coffee event as it will be unlikely another SVX will be there to join you. Good luck with the purchase!
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