1987 Subaru Brumby
When Subaru launched the Brumby UTE, it was just another Japanese carmaker trying to build a following in Australia.
With a range of small, mostly front-wheel drive cars, there was little to attract buyers away from more established brands like Nissan, Toyota and Mazda so Subaru struggled to survive. Until it made the bold decision to build all-wheel drive vehicles only.
While everyone knows about Subaru now, there were some who were firmly of the belief that Subarus were something special long before they became trendy. That was particularly so of the all-wheel drive models the company spun off its bread-and-butter front-wheel drive cars.
The Brumby was just such a car, a small UTE based on the sedan platform, with a remarkable ability to traverse rough terrain with its competent all-wheel drive system. Owners simply fell in love with them and many refused to part with them.
The Brumby arrived in Australia in 1978 and quickly established itself as a durable light workhorse, particularly in rural areas where farmers found its 400 kg payload useable, its car-like comfort welcome, and its ability to get over rough and slippery ground unbeatable.
Over time the diminutive UTE proved itself to be virtually unbreakable. Many were driven and driven, and driven on even further as they refused to buckle under the pressure of a rough life on the land. Even when they’d become too rough for the road, some farmers simply de-registered them and kept driving them around the farm. They were about as reliable as a true-blue cattle dog.
In 1977, the two seat on demand All-Wheel Drive Subaru Brumby was launched in New Zealand long before cross-over vehicles would become mainstream.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- NZ NEW
- 5 owners from new (one owner for 21 years)
- Very tidy condition for one of these.
- Good tires, battery etc
- Straight body with good paint.
- Interior clean and tidy.
- Mechanically sound - Runs and drives well
- Very presentable
- Rare and Fun to drive and SUPER RELIABLE!
- Lovely classic UTE in high demand and limited supply.
Tough as an old Boot, this used Subaru Brumby, or Brat as it was known in America, are a go anywhere, do anything UTE, that became very popular in rural New Zealand for its ruggedness. Finding one that hasn’t been driven into the ground is exceedingly rare these days. Finding a tidy, low mileage one is almost unheard of.
These cars were a point of difference that would see it become the household name it is today. The Brumby was based on the Leone wagon and designed to compete with the Ford Ranchero and Cheverolet El Camino in America. Ex-president Ronald Reagan famously owned one that is now on display at his old ranch, now owned by the Young Americans Foundation.
Their reputation for near unbreakable reliability even after hundreds of thousands of kilometers of hard driving has ensured their place as a classic.
This 1987 model is in really good shape. There’s no power steering, a basic four speed manual transmission with 4WD - there's no fancy T-top sunroof on this one either and it’s devoid of the creature comforts we expect today...BUT it’s tough and practical and becoming pretty collectible.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.
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