Originally white, this 1969 Subaru 360 has been updated with a pretty two-tone finish featuring light yellow up top and dark yellow below. Aside from a crack on the driver-side rear fender, the condition appears to be very good, and per the owner, rust is minimal.
The car features front, and rear bumpers finished in black, dual chrome fender-mounted side mirrors, a mast antenna, and chrome trim on the rear fender guards and C-pillar intake grille. The vintage Subaru star logo up front adds a touch of class.
Featuring rear-hinged doors, this 360 Deluxe looks to have pliable rubber seals throughout and retains its original badging on the tailgate. Other highlights include the cabin vent that pops open on the hood, a locking fuel door, and the headlamp “eyebrows” that helped these cars earn the nickname “ladybug.”
It sits on 10” steel wheels with polished hubcaps wrapped in Kumho Power Star rubber sized 145/30. Subaru-branded mud flaps are installed at all four corners.
Show Stealing Seats
Stealing the cabin show is red vinyl upholstery, with patterned inserts, on the split front and standard rear bench. It looks to be in amazing condition and carries to the door panels which feature manual window cranks and vent window levers.
The original thin-rimmed steering wheel fronts a body-color painted dashboard. It houses a combination gauge that includes an 80-mph speedometer, an odometer reading 22,251, and a fuel level gauge. A Subaru-branded tool roll can be seen in the glove box on the passenger side.
Mounted in the black floor covering is the original 3-speed manual shifter with overdrive – OT for Over Top. Just behind the shifter are three floor-mounted levers to control choke, heat, and fuel shut-off. These Subarus do not have a gasoline pump, instead, they are gravity fed.
Other interior highlights include an under-dash storage tray, door map pockets, rear pop-open windows, and door sills that look to be in very good condition.
356 CC of Air-Cooled Bliss
Mounted out back, in a transverse layout, is the original 356 cc EK32 two-stroke twin engine. This mighty air-cooled motor made 25 hp and 25 lb-ft of torque when new.
While that may sound low today, at the time, achieving more than a single horsepower per cubic inch was considered impressive.
The engine pairs with a four-speed manual transmission, plus overdrive, to drive the rear wheels and features “Subarumatic”, an automatic oil and fuel mixing system.
Original stickers and build plate are retained along with the jack, which stores under the hood up front along with the battery. Per the owner, there are no known issues with the car.
All-Original, Low-Mileage Classic
Located in Vallejo, California, this all-original 1969 Subaru 360 Sedan Deluxe has been under current ownership for the past five years. In that time, 1,000 of the original 22,241 miles have been added.
A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area owned this car for some time until selling it to a next-door neighbor. That neighbor had plans to rebuild it, but it ultimately sat for years until the current owner purchased the car and turned it into the beauty you see today.
According to period brochures, these Subaru 360 sedans could hit 70 mph flat-out and earn a whopping 66 miles per gallon. All with a price tag of just $1,297 in 1969. Heady numbers indeed, but really, this Subaru 360 is about delivering endless smiles to the driver and everyone around, which it will most certainly do.