Forgotten example: Subaru 360, the first and most funny!

Forgotten example: Subaru 360, the first and most funny!

After World War II, Japan, like many other countries, wanted to make the nation move again. A new program was launched, that of ‘kei cars’. This created a new niche for cars with low transfer, power and car size. Cars that meet these criteria enjoy benefits, in terms of taxes and insurance.

Subaru’s response to this new category was a 360-inch, 2.99 m-long motorbike, driven by a small air-cooled twin cylinder with a size of 356 cc. Launched in 1958, 360 was recently released in a number of models, including a salon, a turn-off and even a 3-door station car. modern: self-supporting body with fiberglass roof to reduce overall weight and reduce center of gravity!


Over the years, the 360 ​​grew stronger, and the power of its small two-cylinder increased to 25 and later to 36 hp. In the latter case, the small Subaru even provided a powerful technical tour with a specific power of 100 hp / liter! Subaru has tried to export the model, but to no avail. Rumor has it that several American retailers were left with new models that had not been sold for years!


Beginning in 1969, 360 had to deal with a competitor from within the brand, R2. Due to declining sales, Subaru finally stopped making the model in 1972, after a task that lasted almost 14 years! The very small 360 in Europe is something of a real collector, who knows where to find a place. Given its scarcity, it is difficult to put a reliable price on it. The few copies offered for sale cost between 10,000 and 25,000 euros.

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About the author: Christiaens Jean-Francois

Jean-François Christiaens has been a automotive journalist since 2005. He loves everything he drives, from electric cars to hypercars.
But his heart is pounding faster from knives from the GTI era. Although a comfortable rest also does not leave him unmoved.
Is that called aging?