Posted Monday, February 5, 2024 at 9:50pm
This may just be the rarest you’ll see this week. It’s a Subaru FF-1 – sometimes called the Star in the US market. Subaru sold thousands of them in the early 1970s, in Europe and the US, as part of its expansion into new markets. Then they all just disappeared into neglected, rusty piles. This little coupe has been saved, however, and its story is the genesis of Subaru as we know it.
Jamie and Gary Cavett live on a tree-lined lane in Bothell, Washington, just north of Seattle. If you stand on any corner near their house, a parade of Subarus drives past: Outbacks, Foresters, the odd WRX. Most mainstream Subaru owners don’t give a thought to the roots of their favourite brand, nevermind that they’re driving right past a collection of that history.