Kidney, Anyone? 40K-Mile 1985 Subaru GL


At first, this 40,433-mile 1985 Subaru GL surprised us by popping up in Phoenix, Arizona. What does a state need with a quirky, all-wheel-drive hatchback if they don’t even know what a snowflake is? But it makes sense that such a cream puff would only survive in a winter-less wonderland. Northerners bought these to drive into the ground, and most Yankee Subies have been returned to the earth in flakes of iron oxide.


But look at this gem. The interior is still as fresh as a dew-covered blueberry. Somehow, the copious vinyl on its door panels and seat backs have eluded the cracking effects of the desert sun.


The slushbox is a bit of a disappointment but let’s face it, you were never going to do a Ken Block impersonation in this thing anyway.


The owner is our kind of guy. It says right there in the ad that only true enthusiasts need apply, all others can shove off. And if none step forward, he’ll find it a good home at a dealership. Kidney, anyone?

[craigslist via Bring A Trailer]

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15 Responses to Kidney, Anyone? 40K-Mile 1985 Subaru GL

  1. banpei said:

    Even though it looks excellent I’d still keep my kidney! :D
    But then again: I’m not really a scooby fan. ;)

    BTW: I wouldn’t mind owning own one of those 4WD Justy and see how “proper” 4WD they actually are. :P

  2. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    Unless I’m greatly mistaken,you can adjust the ride height on those.I think my uncle said he could on the station wagon he had until last year when the battle on rust was finally lost.

  3. Sr-FairladyZ said:

    Kidney stays in my body this time. lol

  4. Kev said:

    If it was Brat, then umm….maybe.

  5. bert said:

    I had a friend with one of these years ago. He beat the crap out of it jumping sand dunes around Wenatchee, WA. Still ran great!

    banpei-Don’t worry about the four wheel drive thing, I’ve seen some Subaru’s make it places the big guys couldn’t go!

  6. Ben said:

    Awww come on, not every Kidney Special can be a Datsun or Toyota :). I’d wager this Subie is rarer than a comparable condition Z or Celica!

  7. Bob said:

    Are we certain this is 4wd? I see no indication of such, and these came FWD only as well.

  8. Sarcasmo said:

    Although, it’s a lovely car.. i’ll keep the kidney, thanks. It’s not even a 5spd turbo.

  9. Sarcasmo said:

    It looks like a FWD.. it has no 4WD stickers or emblems to indicate such… or no On-Demand 4WD button on the shifter(or dual shifter, if they had those) to shift into AWD mode.

  10. Vic said:

    I always loved those cars. Nice, and practical and looked good as well. That one isnt a 4WD. 4WD’s only came with a manual transmission. I dont know abotu a kidnew but i would like to know what he wants for it.

    • Ben said:

      Ok smarty pantses, I guess FWD makes more sense for ‘Zona, but I ain’t rewriting the whole post :)

      Vic: there’s a link to the ad. $3450

  11. burabuda said:

    if it only it were an 4wd …

  12. Dan said:

    This thing belongs in a museum! I’m glad the owner is so adamant about finding it a good home.

  13. marc said:

    Actually was a 2 wheel drive model i own a brown one but it has front differential its strange

  14. keith said:

    Looking at it, it’s a FWD model, only the 4×4 models had adjustable hide height. If it was 4×4 you would see a selector bar next to the hand brake.