1992 Subaru Loyale 4×4 Wagon 26K Mile Survivor – Sold!

Dec 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Growing up in Western New York as a child of the 1970s, I watched two gas crises combine with severe winter weather to force many Buffalonians to do what was almost unthinkable at the time:  buy a Japanese Subaru 4×4.  The mechanics of this first-generation mini-tank produced through 1979 could not be destroyed. Trust me, we tried with a high school friend’s wagon. That car’s downfall, as was the case with most Japanese cars of the period, was its surrender to the massive amounts of road salt the car was exposed to six months each year.  Subaru built on that success with the launch in 1979 of a larger second-generation Loyale model the company produced through 1984 before replacing it with an even larger first-generation Legacy model.

Unlike today’s fancy computer-controlled fluid clutches, these early 4×4 Subarus feature an honest-to-goodness four-wheel-drive system although the lack of an automatic version until 1981 limited their appeal for a while.  Most of these first and second-generation Loyales likely wound up as daily drivers in areas of the U.S. that received significant snow each year.  While the northeast’s allotment has all but rusted away, it’s great to come across an ultra low-mileage, rust-free survivor from the dry western states such as this 1992 26K original mile, one owner Loyale currently listed on Craigslist n Spokane, Washington with an asking price of $9,750.  That ask falls nearly double above the current NADA Guides Online Valuation Tool’s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $2,300, $3,225, and $4,350, respectively.  The premium requested here is for the fact this example may very well be the lowest mileage Subaru Loyale currently still running anywhere.  

We just love how clean this low-mileage time capsule presents.  This car is in such nice shape that you can easily do double-duty having it judged in Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”) preservation class events as well as parking it next to the likely Brat that will appear at any RADWood event you attend. Whatever you do, please don’t modify this one.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s a 30-sec TV spot from the early 1990s showing how effectively Subaru marketed their 4×4 line in the Northeast U.S.:

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1992 Subaru Loyale Wagon 4WD One Owner with only 25,773 Actual Miles it is probably the lowest mile Subaru Loyale wagon you will find it runs and drives great still has all the original owners manuals and original dealer window sticker it has the 1.8 Ltr 4 cyl engine with 5-speed manual transmission with push button 4 wheel drive has power windows power locks power mirrors A/C that works great heater blows out warm still has the factory am/fm tape deck radio everything works like it should motor has lots of power transmission shifts great thru all gears paint body in great shape couple minor bruises like minor dings From over the years the interior still looks great seats have no rips or cuts carpet has no stains never been smoked in great car won’t find another clear clean title In hand never call for more info 509-599-10-09

Show or go: what would you do with this low-mileage Subaru?  Comment below and let us know!

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