Ronald Reagan, Subaru BRAT Owner

We got our latest copy of Subaru’s Drive magazine recently and in it was a feature story on Ronald Reagan’s 1978 Subaru BRAT. That’s right, our 40th President drove a Brumby!

Reagan used the 4WD pickup-style car primarily on his 688-acre Santa Barbara ranch until 1998, when the family sold the ranch. The car was gifted to a friend but appeared on eBay a number of years later. The well-worn car was then re-purchased by the ranch’s caretakers and fully restored with the help of Subaru of America. The finished product is complete with rear-facing jumper seats in the pickup bed, BRAT decals, white wheels and camper shell You can see more photos at Subaru’s website.

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3 Responses to Ronald Reagan, Subaru BRAT Owner

  1. Toyotageek said:

    Thanks for this interesting story!
    During my high school years, I was working as a janitor at a VW dealer that had just taken on a second Marque – Subaru. I remember when the BRAT was introduced – I wanted a BRAT so badly at the time, but my parents wouldn’t hear of it. Instead I traded in my 66 Mustang and bought a 4WD Subaru station wagon. I had fun with that wagon, but still always wanted a BRAT.

  2. Ben said:

    It’s never too late :)

    I see good condition ones for sale pretty frequently….

  3. Mr. Fid said:

    Or, you can purchase the vintage, original, go-kart version on Craig’s List: http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/1438112168.html

    If shipping is necessary, cost is responsibility of buyer.

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