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Autotrader Find: Ultra-Rare Manual Subaru Baja Turbo

Here’s the most unusual — and most desirable — version of a rather weird car. The vehicle you see here is a 2005 Subaru Baja — but it’s not just any old Subaru Baja, it’s a Baja Turbo, making it the desirable high-performance version of the Baja. Better yet, this is a Baja Turbo with a manual transmission, making it the most desirable version of all.

We’ll start with the basics: in case you’re uninitiated to the Subaru Baja world, the Baja is a car-based all-wheel drive pickup truck offered by Subaru in North America from 2003 to 2006. Unsurprisingly, the Baja wasn’t popular — and most car enthusiasts are shocked it ever existed at all.

But it did exist, and it came in two flavors: you could get the regular one, with a 165-horsepower 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, and the high-performance one, which used a turbocharged version of that engine with 210 horses and 235 lb-ft of torque. Both were offered with automatic or manual transmissions, but the vast majority of buyers chose an automatic in both cases.

And yet, here’s the holy grail: a Baja, which is already rare, with the optional turbocharged engine, which is even rarer, and with a manual transmission, which is the rarest of all. In fact, this is the only manual Baja Turbo on all of Autotrader right now — and it’s offered with 141,000 miles, finished in gray with a silver lower half.

If you’re interested in the most unusual — and most desirable — version of a rather odd car, this Baja is offered by KAS Auto Sales in Sacramento, California, with a list price of $10,995. These Baja models have developed a cult following on the used market, and they hold their value reasonably well — but none is more exciting, and more interesting, than this version.

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