The seller says that this car is “the world’s smallest V8 two-passenger car” and to see this 1969 Subaru 360 V8 in person you’ll have to go to Rock Island, Illinois, or answer the Craigslist ad and shovel over $25,887! Plus shipping, of course, and hopefully you can somehow find a shipper that won’t take this car down the road a quarter-mile at a time.
Being a die hard fan of the Subaru 360, not to mention the Young S edition, which this car is/was/is.. was.. and being a purist by heart, I shouldn’t like this car, but I think this is pretty sweet! I can’t believe that they did all of this work and didn’t fix the rust first, but maybe they did and it’s come back to haunt them once again? Maybe it helps keep things light… This is a 1,500 pound car as it sits here with a 350 V8 Chevrolet engine stuffed in there; which, unfortunately there are no photos of! Not that I’m bitter, but, here’s a free tip to sellers: if you’re going to sell a Subaru 360 with a Chevy 350 V8 in it and list it as a Guinness Book of World Records car, show the dang engine!
Unfortunately, the interior photos aren’t much better, but they give you a sense of the business-like cockpit that awaits you. In case you’re wondering about the oddball price, $25,887, I’m guessing that the seller is tongue-and-cheek’ing the name of the car, which must be the quarter-mile time: 8.87 seconds. Not bad, not bad at all. Now, about the $25,000 part.. Just kidding, I’m sure that they spent a ton of money on this car and there’s no question that this was a feat of engineering just this side of the typical NASA project of the 1970s, but it was probably more fun. This thing has carbon fiber floors and seat backs and custom fabrication all over the place.
It would be an intimidating car for sure. Who wants to say that their ’71 Hemi Cuda was whipped by a Subaru 360?! I’m bummed that a yellow Young S edition was sacrificed for this monster, but I guess it’s better than having it rot in a field somewhere. I would have absolutely no use for this car what so ever, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t love to have it! Have any of you ever done the quarter mile in less than 10 seconds?