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Autotrader Find: Bright Yellow 1987 Subaru XT

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.

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  1. $5900 is a long way from “not bad.” This is a $2000 car. The SVX was at least cool and those are dirt cheap in good shape. This isn’t nearly as cool or nice inside. Sorry, cp.

  2. Doug, there’s a link at the bottom of this article to a story you did last month about the XT being the Subaru coupe we’d all forgotten, it has the same picture at the top as this article.  You really want this guy to sell his Subaru XT…

  3. 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.”

    What the hell is a Subaru BRZ then (besides a sales failure)?

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