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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1992 Subaru SVX

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

The 1990s gave us a series of cool Japanese sports cars. The Toyota Supra. The Mitsubishi 3000GT. The Acura NSX. The Nissan 300ZX. The Mitsubishi Eclipse. And ... the Subaru SVX. Nobody ever remembers the Subaru SVX. But you'd remember it if you owned this well-preserved, one-owner 1992 SVX, which is currently listed on Autotrader for $6,900.

Here's the story on the SVX: While all the other Japanese companies were creating 1990s sports cars with huge rear wings, rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering and big turbochargers, Subaru showed up with a surprisingly credible all-wheel-drive coupe with a head-turning design (those windows!) and a fairly muscular 3.3-liter 6-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower. Given that it came out in 1991, when the most powerful Toyota Camry made all of 153 hp, this was a pretty big deal at the time.

But the SVX had its flaws. The windows were one of them, as the cool design made the opening area distressingly small. Worse, its sole transmission was a 4-speed automatic -- one that notoriously failed with age. This is why you'll see a disproportionate number of SVXs with manual swaps.

Nonetheless, the SVX remains cool, and this one -- at Casey's Cars in Hermosa Beach, California, south of Los Angeles -- is one of the coolest. It's an original, well-kept, one-owner example with only 77,000 miles and a Carfax report that indicates a life spent in sunny Southern California. For $6,900, it's a steal -- even if it'll never quite run with the Supras and the 300ZXs.

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