Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Subaru 360, Now and Then

Last winter I spotted an old microcar being used as a roadside sign for a combination grocery and live bait shop in California's Sierra foothills:

Groceru (and Live Bait)

At first I thought it was a classic "cinquecento" Fiat 500, but closer inspection when I got back home identified it as a Subaru 360 — the first mass-produced car Subaru built. This one was probably from the late 1960s, but further research turned up a link to an old Subaru 360 sales brochure, which in turn contained this wonderful image of midcentury Japanese modernism:

Subaru 360

Time can be so cruel, eh?