SOTW: Subaru SVX


Not wishing to miss out on the quirky Subaru coupe fun that we've been indulging in recently, Shed has come up with its own take on the theme, rummaging through the darker, deeper recesses of the UK's classifieds listings, and emerging with this, a leggy-but-tidy Subaru SVX.


This car is actually the direct successor to the origami-tastic Subaru XT we featured as a 'spotted' the other day, only this time around Subaru and parent company Fuji Heavy Industries looked to legendary Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro to give it something resembling a pretty body shape. Given the past and future performances of Subaru's design team, you've got to say they made a good call with that one...

...The car itself was probably not quite such a good call, however. During its six-year life, fewer than 25,000 examples found customers, and Subaru reportedly lost a hefty sum on each one sold.

Which was a shame, really, because with those concept car looksand a 3.3-litre quad-cam boxer six, the SVX was an appealing cruisy coupe. It was built for comfort and refinement but, with 230hp and 228lb ft of torque, the SVX still managed a decent turn of pace.


Early cars were plagued by transmission failures as the automatic gearbox was prone to overheating, a problem that was later rectified. Other known problems include the excessive wear of rear wheel bearings due to insufficient lubrication and water seepage.

This particular car has a fairly leggy 192K miles beneath its belt, and has the battle scars to prove it, from the sound of things. But most things seem to be in working - especially that notoriously flaky gearbox - although the slight oil leak from the rocker covers would have us mildly worried.

Still, it's a lot of very rare GT for the money and, provided you actually like having to tell everybody you meet exactly what it is (we presume the registration plate would help a little with that) could prove a most waft-tastic companion.

Cheers to C8H18Head for the spot!

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1994 Subaru SVX, original UK car not a grey import. £850 

MoT'd until September, although the tax has just run out. It's done 192,000 miles - the flat-6 SVX engine is known for being long-lived though and it runs fine and pulls like a train. The gearbox and four wheel drive are all working fine. The only mechanical issues are the usual slight oil leak from the rocker covers that all Subaru boxer engines seem to develop, and the power steering belt slips when cold - I have a replacement but haven't got around to fitting it. It drives well and has been completely reliable during my ownership. It's also better on fuel than I'd expected, thanks in part to fairly high gearing which means it's a very relaxed cruiser on the motorway.

The interior is in pretty good shape for the age and mileage, although there's some wear on the driver's seat side bolster in the usual place. Everything works as far as I'm aware, including the cruise control, but I think the air conditioning could do with a regas as it doesn't get very cold.

The body and the underside are very sound. There are a few odd rust bubbles, mainly around the rear arches, but nothing major. There are also a few scratches and scuffs as you would get on any car of this mileage, most noticeably on the front bumper, but nothing that couldn't be easily tidied up.

For any more information please call or email.

P.H. O'meter

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  • Miguel 02 Jun 2012

    I always thought these were cool. For the man who thinks outside the box... and George on Seinfeld.

  • 1111giles 28 May 2012

    marshall100 said:
    Now that's smart. Did I read that you can get these with a manual gearbox? or is it a homebrew job. Love the pickup too.
    WRX / STI Impreza 5 speed box and legacy pedal box are the main ingrediants for the conversion.
    Transforms the car apparently into a sporty snorting monster !!
    If my auto box spits its dummy out - I will seriously look at doing this swap ! Lots of info about this on SVX forum.
    Also seen a write up on the 6 speed box conversion - IF you can get your hands on one that is !!!!
    Thx re the MV1800 - bought as a rolling shell stripped out 3 years ago now fully restored with extras such as A/C, PAS, Weber, rear discs, DAB Sound, C/L, Speedliner, Thatcham alarm, Forester Seats, Glass out respray,too many new parts to list oh.... and bucket loads of FUN !
    Cheers
    Giles

  • PaulG40 27 May 2012

    I like this, reminds of what retro cool is, for me an Alfa 75.

    This was always the car on Grand Turismo that i couldn't buy, lol, and do the SVX special races, so could never complete the game!

    If I was in the market for a 'doer upper' I'd defo have this! So cool!!! smile

  • GinG15 27 May 2012

    seems a lot of car for that money(on 1st view).... also imo its an interesting car.......but:

    "....There are a few odd rust bubbles, mainly around the rear arches, but nothing major. There are also a few scratches and scuffs...." "aircon needs probably regasing" " servobelt slips when cold" (but a already present replacement hasnt been fitted) rings the warning bells. this car might eat up your money faster than you can earn it.

    it something major fails soon, its more or less a write off. and it hurts throwing away 850,-pound.
    it wouldnt hurt so much throwing away 450,- instead.

  • pSyCoSiS 27 May 2012

    That's a rare, different and quirky SOTW.

    Dare to be different!

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