Posted Monday, March 8, 2021 at 10:36pm

Tested: 1983 Subaru GL 4WD Wagon Gains a Turbo

From the September 1983 issue of Car and Driver.
When was the last time you met somebody who belonged to the Subaru Owners’ Club? Know anybody who wears a Subaru racing jacket or hauls around Subaru-monogrammed luggage? Read any good coffee-table books lately on the Subaru mystique?
What we are trying to say here is that the Subaru has yet to achieve icon status with the cognoscenti. Yet its epidemic presence among the backpackers, the bird watchers, the Sierra Clubbers, and the no-nukers implies a cult worship unknown in any other car-owner body besides that of the Saab and the Volvo (both of which, for no rational reasons, have been anointed by the guilt-racked upper middle class as environmentally responsible automobiles).