Legacy: Subaru 1000


First front wheel drive and first boxer engine for Subaru, two major milestones in the development of the Subaru brand. The Subaru 1000 was not an exact copy of the Lloyd Arabella, but let’s say artistic licence was at play. Subaru (looking at various articles) admit to aspects of their design being based on the lloyd classic, almost 7 years after it was introduced (a testimony itself to the forward thinking Borgward team).

Truth be told, Subaru looked at a range of similar designs at the time, however certain aspects read like Borgward, and there are many reports of the engine parts on the Subaru working perfectly well as replacements for the Arabella…

A good comparison article can be found here

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