Here’s proof that Subies aren’t all driven by tree-hugging bleeding hearts. At least one was driven by a tax-slashing, commie-hating Reagan-style capitalist — Ronald Reagan himself. We mentioned the Gipper’s Subaru BRAT a couple of years ago, but now Benjamin Preston of Petersen’s 4Wheel & Offroad has revealed the full background of Subaru One.
Apparently, it was a gift from his National Security Advisor Richard V. Allen, who had connections at Fuji Heavy Industries. FHI was testing the Chicken Tax-avoiding BRAT under US conditions, but was having trouble finding sufficiently grueling conditions under which to destroy them. Allen convinced Fuji Heavy that Reagan’s 688-acre Santa Barbara ranch could serve as a proving ground for one of the “destructed” BRATs, and Reagan himself would file bi-annual reports about the car’s health until it died. Only, it never did. Reagan reportedly loved the car, but soon he would go on to become our 40th President, leaving the car behind.
After two terms as the greatest/worst President of the US depending on your political leanings, Reagan’s legacy (no pun intended) has given everything he’s touched collector value. As a result, the BRAT (which had been sold off) was re-purchased from a man in Georgia in 2004 and restored with the help of Subaru of America. (those guys are on a roll!). You can read the full story here.