Pick of the Day: A Giugiaro design for less than $14,000

1992 Subaru SVX rescued and resuscitated and ready for its next owner

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1992 Subaru SVX
The Subaru SVX had 4-wheel-drive traction and Italian design

The Pick of the Day is a potential future classic that features styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro, a bunch of work by the owner who rescued it and now is offering it for sale on ClassicCars.com for only $13,225.

The car is a 1992 Subaru SVX LX in dark blue with a black, gray and green interior. 

According to the private seller located in Reno, Nevada, the car was taken in trade by a Subaru dealership and for whatever reason was left “on the back lot baking in the sun.”

In the car’s advertisement, the seller/rescuer lists things done to bring the car back to the street, including:

  • Hand-sanding to confirm the sheetmetal was original and that factory color would be reapplied.
  • Installation of new leather and fabric upholster and carpets.
  • Installation of new driver and passenger windows, new brakes, wheels and tires.
  • New special-order coil-over shocks and aluminum radiator.
  • New engine gaskets as needed.
  • New hood and trunk-lid struts.
  • Subaru Performance computer chip.
  • Nissan 300ZX injectors.
  • Upgraded air sensor.
  • New wheels and tires.
  • Backup camera.

“I bought and made this vehicle presentable and mechanically sound, fully intending on keeping it,” the owner reports in the advertisement.

However, the owner says, “Things in life change and this is one of those changes. The asking price is actually inexpensive compared to what’s invested in making this an exceptionally nice SVX. I spent way too much. All the receipts come with the vehicle.”

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According to the ad, the car has a sunroof, CD player, air conditioning, power brakes and steering, tilt wheel, etc., and has been driven around 85,000 miles since new.

SVXs had four-wheel drive and in 1992 were powered by horizontally opposed, 203cid 6-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque and linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission.

The SVX is a sporty coupe unveiled at the 1989 Tokyo Auto Show and sold in Japan as the Alcyone, named for the brightest star in the Pleiades constellation, from which Subaru itself borrowed its 7-star logo. The SVX name is short for Subaru Vehicle X.

The styling, including the doors with their unusual window-in-window design, was done by Giugiaro, the Italian superstar of automotive design whose styling has graced cars and concepts for decades while working for Bertone, Ghia and his own Italdesign studios.

Although it looks like a sports car, with its all-wheel drive the SVX also is a sure-footed snowmobile. I once drove one through horrible snowstorm-winter weather from Michigan to North Carolina and back and even was able to avoid the more ordinary 2-wheek-drive cars that were spinning off the road around me.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I remember these when they were new. I was never a fan of the window-in-window design treatment. That’s one of those ideas that should have been killed on the way to production.

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