Here’s something I bet you thought you’d never see: a 1990 Subaru Legacy currently listed for sale on Autotrader with just 52,000 miles and a landau roof. Most of the things in that sentence are surprising, but the combination of everything is excessively interesting.
Let’s start from the beginning: 1990 was the very first model year for the Subaru Legacy, which changed over that year from the smaller Subaru Loyale. Back then, the Legacy was so early in its life that it didn’t even have standard all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive was standard, and AWD was an option, and the Legacy remained that way until its first redesign in 1995. In fact, this particular Legacy is a FWD model, which is highly unusual.
More unusual, though, is its condition: this Legacy features a 4-speed automatic, and it’s covered just 52,000 miles. The interior is fabulously mint, with no signs of wear on the cloth upholstery, the door panels or anywhere else. At some point, the original radio was swapped out for a more modern aftermarket unit, but that looks to be the only change.
The exterior, however, has a major change: a landau roof. Landau roofs, usually made of vinyl, but occasionally of cloth (as in this case), were popular in the 1970s and 1980s for people who wanted their cars to look like a more expensive convertible version, even though they weren’t. Manufacturers once offered landau roofs as factory options, but as the feature fell out of favor, it was left to the aftermarket. I can’t recall ever having seen one on a Subaru Legacy.
So this Legacy is highly interesting: an ultra-low mile, ultra-well preserved first-year model with FWD and a landau roof. It’s safe to say you won’t see another one like this — and this Legacy is offered by Jim Babish Auto Sales in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh for $5,950.
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