Got to love these things 1996 Fed Legal Subaru Sambar Special with 4WD, 5 Speed Transmission. 4 Cylinder Gas 660cc engine, truck has 79k kilometers/49k miles original.
Engine is in the rear for good weight distribution, 5 Speed Transmission with a Low gear locking front diff, 4WD can be turned on with the push of a button in the center of the shifter. Bed sides fold down for easy access, great turning radius. Fun little truck to drive, great for farms, can do 70mph, road legal.
These trucks are great work trucks and the Subaru Sambar rides the nicest of all mini trucks for having coil springs all the way around vs all the others have leaf springs in the rear, my zero turn mower with a 60" deck fits in the back of this truck(had to leave the one side partially down) but not my full size 2500. Still was able to do 65mph with ease.
Everything works, has some flaws as pictured. Front bumper seems to be painted and has over spray around it. Small dent under front left corner light, dent in rear right tail light housing. Has some small dents as pictured, some surface rust on headache rack.
Contact Rob 864-505-5621, we personally have a yard in Japan and bring these over. We have many other JDM vehicles in stock.
The Subaru Sambar is a cabover kei truck and microvan manufactured by Subaru, a division of Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries), specifically for the Japanese market. It is Japan's first Keitora , shorthand for "kei class truck" and is still in production. The Sambar is available in both microvan and Kei truck (Pickup truck style) to fulfill the Kei car guidelines. Still popular in the domestic market, the Sambar continues to be produced in Japan, China as well as in Finland with a joint venture with Elcat Automotive.
Since its introduction in 1961, the Sambar has used a rear engine, rear wheel drive format (with optional 4WD from 1980 on), with the first two generations using the air-cooled engine from the Subaru 360, and later generations using the water-cooled engine from the Subaru Rex, Vivio and the Pleo.
Until 2012 the Sambar model was still using the Sixth Generation chassis and body with updated fascia. It was the first Kei truck that used a cabover design, with the passenger cabin over the engine. The current generation is a rebadged version of the Daihatsu Hijet/Atrai.
The name Sambar is very similar to the top trim package for the Volkswagen Type 2 called the Samba introduced in 1951, which also used an air-cooled engine installed in the back, utilizing rear-wheel-drive, and was available in pickup configurations with fold-down beds.
The fifth generation Sambar was introduced in 1990. Engine regulations for displacement size were increased and the Sambar's engine was upgraded to 660 cc. For the 4WD version it sold as Subaru Dias Wagon as a permanent trim model. Commercials in Japan used Kuniko Yamada, a Japanese comedian.
The tradition of using the engine in Subaru's kei car offering, the Subaru Vivio's engine was shared in this version of the Sambar, the EN07. The engines piston amount increased to four cylinders and 55 PS (54 bhp) was available with an optional supercharger model, coupled with fuel injection. An automatic transmission was offered in the form of Subaru's ECVT system in tandem with full-time 4WD and a viscous coupling differential.