The long history of Subaru is full of some odd vehicles, like the BRAT car-based pickup truck with rear-facing jump seats, and of course the Baja car-based pickup truck with four doors and a turbocharger. But this is probably the weirdest — at least in the modern era. It’s the Subaru XT, and it’s for sale on Autotrader.
If you need a little refresher on the XT, I don’t blame you. The XT was Subaru’s "sporty" coupe, and it had wedge-shaped boxy styling. It was sold in the 1980s, and it was offered in two versions: The regular XT, which maxed out at 111 horsepower, and later the XT6, which used a 6-cylinder engine for all of 145 horses. The XT went away in the late 1980s, and Subaru hasn’t spent much time trying to re-enter the sporty coupe business — save for the short-lived SVX a few years later.
The XT here is a surprisingly nice one. It’s painted in yellow, which is described in the listing as "new paint," and which I don’t remember being a factory color. All of the ad’s pictures are vertical except the one above, which makes it difficult to assess interior condition — but it seems to look like a typical 30-year-old used car. The ad does show a close-up on the steering wheel, which was truly bizarre in the sense that it wasn’t symmetrical and made something of an upside-down "L" shape.
Although this XT doesn’t have the more powerful 6-cylinder engine (and although it has an automatic transmission), it does feature a cool checkered flag pattern on the seats to emphasize its sportiness. If that sounds like the kind of thing you’d be interested in, it’s offered by a private seller in Dallas for $5,900 — not bad for a weird part of Subaru’s history. Find a Subaru XT for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.