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Autotrader Find: One-Owner 1992 Subaru SVX

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 $6,900See the 1992 Subaru SVX models for sale near you

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. Find a 1992 Subaru SVX for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. The best explanation of the SVX’s meager sales I ever heard: People who were shopping for Subarus weren’t looking for a sporty coupe, and people who were shopping for sporty coupes weren’t looking for a Subaru.

    • True that.  I was driving a Subaru myself and only found out these existed from Gran Turismo.  Then bought one 🙂

  2. The movie fireproof had one of these get wrecked by a train at the beginning. It was a bad movie. Very preachy. I probably only remember it because of this wreck. 

  3. toyota- then-  supra, mr2, celica, 

                now- frs, new supra? 
    nissan- then- 300zx, skyline gtr, s chasis, 
                now- r35, 370z, idx concept?
    mitsubishi then- evo, eclipse, 3000gt
                     now- nothing 
    acura-     then- integra, nsx, rsx
                    now, new, too expensive  nsx
    honda- then civic hatch, s2000, type r cars
                now- a weird civic “hatch” type r 
    mazda, then- classic miata, rx7, mazdaspeed 3 
                 now- nd miata, rx vision?
    lexus- then- best luxury car ls400, sc300, gs300
              now- weird spindle grill design,  f-perfromance
    subaru- then svx, 22B
                 now -brz new sti 
    I miss the past……………….
    they better not mess up the new supra and rx7 

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