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Old 10-17-2010, 04:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1970's 100 MPG Subaru 360

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Found this I don't know how :

A Peek in the “Attic”

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In the early 1970s, a three-wheel, aerodynamically shaped Subaru vehicle achieved 100 miles per gallon. The testing took place in Japan, where the car was driven by a female Japanese racecar driver. Previously located in SOA’s research and development office in California, the car is now stored in the attic.
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It was just so neat I think it deserved it's own thread.

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Old 10-17-2010, 09:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Too bad the other pictures don't seem to be accessible?

Edit: I guess their Java script isn't working in Firefox -- Safari does show them, but they are pretty small. :-(
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Yeah, I was looking at my subaru 360 history and that was one of the historical experimental Subaru 360's that was made to prove a point.

Odd that a 2 cyl motor driving a bullet car would get 100mpg eh?
(although its the bigger 2cylinder than the 360 had from a rex, that was a typo apparently)

Might be interesting to contact that site as there are apparently a few old foggies still there who worked on the car.
A Peek in the “Attic” – Part Two
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Tucker '48 Automobile Bulletin Board • View topic - Alex Tremulis car that made 100 miles per galon!

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There is a farm house near by that has had two 360s just sitting outside rotting away. I've noted them for the past 30 years. To bad.
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There is a farm house near by that has had two 360s just sitting outside rotting away. I've noted them for the past 30 years. To bad.
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And amazingly they will no longer be rotting there in a couple weeks.
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The 360s have been sitting on the corner of IL95 and Co2 in Fulton County. In Illinois.
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EDIT: rmay635703 originally published the URL here :

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It was just so neat I think it deserved it's own thread.

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No need to thank, I've been sitting on that link for a while, I truly wish my Subaru 360 looked just like that car, especially if I could lengthen it to a 2 passenger and use the bullet area as a trunk.

I never could figure out why car manufacturers just don't give us the whole enchallada at least once, can't figure out why no one would want a "Unique" car either. I love odd cars I must be alone in that belief.

I would be in 7th heaven driving a 100mpg bullet car to work
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i wonder what the handling would be like, might be good in a straight line, but what about at a round about
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I never could figure out why car manufacturers just don't give us the whole enchallada at least once, can't figure out why no one would want a "Unique" car either. I love odd cars I must be alone in that belief.

I would be in 7th heaven driving a 100mpg bullet car to work
As a first gen Insight owner for a while, the answer to your question is sales. No manufacturer wants to design, manufacturer and market a car for a niche market. I think that the Insight was considered a commercial failure, though Honda's "experiment" allowed a few of us to get something close to perfect into our hands. There is also a pretty small market for non-sports two seaters. Compare the sales of the 4-5 passenger Metro with the 2 passenger Insight of the same engine size. The Metro sold much better.

I'm a bit surprised that it "only" got 100mpg. A car of that type should have done better, but I suppose the electronic engine control of the day was pretty primitive. Doubt that there was any lean burn capability.

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