Subaru XT Restoration Is A Hidden Gem: 2011 SEMA Show

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Subaru XT Restoration Is A Hidden Gem: 2011 SEMA Show

Amid the rally cars, modified Impreza STi hatchbacks and performance parts in Subaru’s booth was a bit of 1980’s nostalgia, a perfectly restored 1986 Subaru XT Turbo.

At the time of the XT’s introduction, the car was the most aerodynamic on the road, with a 0.29 drag coefficient. A turbocharged flat-four, all-wheel drive, a hydropneumatic suspension and awesome period graphics are just some of the neat features from a couple decades ago. The XT has been largely forgotten by car lovers, but Subaru and Drive magazine lovingly restored this example back to showroom condition.

Since so many parts were discontinued or unavailable, the team had to restore things like fasteners and bolts, which had been worn away by a couple decades of neglect. No word on what Subaru plans to do with this automotive relic, but it’s almost too good for anything but a museum.

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Gallery: Subaru XT Restoration

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  • Kevin Thomas

    So….how much can I purchase this for? No-one really cares for these cars anymore……………………………………………………………………………………………….’cept for me.

  • subynut

    That’s awesome! I had a XT6 for a while – coolest car I ever owned.

  • Spaz

    My father fell in love with these in ’84, and has been on the hunt for “the right one” for the past couple years, and is still searching…

    I got a chance to drive a wonderful example, complete with still functioning air suspension, and they truly are amazing cars, it’s no wonder my father’s head-over-heels.

  • John Hoarty

    Autobody Enterprises in Mt. Ephraim, NJ, did the restoration work. Simply amazing. http://www.autobodyenterprises.com

  • KK WENTZ

    I have an 85 in my garage I picked up for $100.00. Needs a few of the
    finer touches and no longer available parts. Sooooo…where can I get
    some?

  • Alex

    I drove a silver one for about 5 years.  I loved it.  It was a unique piece on the road.  The interior was even more unique and practical.  Wish I could have that one back.