What we have here seems to be a third-generation Subaru Sambar, taken from its home Japan and taught the ways of the Australian epic auto craziness – we just can’t out it any other way.

The Sambar was produced for the domestic market between 1973 and 1982 – they were also exported to Australia, where they were named as the Subaru 500, 600, or 700, which depended not on how much it cost in Aussie dollars, but the displacement in cubic centimeters of its twin-cylinder engine. Now this Subaru Microvan should be renamed the Subaru 5700 – as the driver is barrel-riding a General Motors LS1 V8. Yes, we have a very small Subaru microvan that was exported to Australia when we were kids or even toddlers. There it grew up to gain an LS1 engine good for 301 horsepower of rear-tire shredding power.

And the van of course is very light – tipping the scales at approximately 1,500 pounds (680 kg), meaning you’re going to get these awesome smoke screens that can hide you in plain sight even when violent winds occur. Or you could drive it fast and hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel – ok, we’re going to ask for more tire smoking instead of hold on to your life accelerations even if they occur in a straight line…

Via GM Authority


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