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Auto Shipper for Subaru Brat The Subaru BRAT, which is an acronym for Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter, was a pickup version of the Subaru 1600 that was manufactured in the 1970s. The BRAT was created straight from the company's four-wheel drive station wagon model and was first introduced as a 1978 model. It was similar in concept to the Chevrolet El Camino and the Ford Ranchero. Further, the American versions had carpeting and welded-in jump seats in the cargo area. These were installed because they reduced import duties. The Brat could be called a truck, but the seats in the cargo bed granted Subaru the ability to designate the BRAT as a passenger car. As it turns out, passenger cars imported into the US were charged only a 2.5% tariff, where as the tariff on trucks was 25%. By 1981, a restyling was in store, and later the jump seats were discontinued after the 1985 model year.

Production lasted into the early 1990s but the BRAT was no longer imported to North America after 1987. For comic fans, according to the comic strip Achewood, anyone admitted to Hell is issued 1982 Subaru BRAT as their only available transport. Further on the popular culture radar, on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl, Earl's ex-wife Joy owns a BRAT with same rear-facing seats as described above. Humorously, during the show it is revealed that the BRAT is occupied by squirrels who have affected its wiring, and that the car is not started with a bent spoon instead of a key. Needless to say, the BRAT has become more of a laughing stock than a collector’s item. This just goes to prove that bad cars can have amazing comebacks down the line. On the other hand, the BRAT was not entirely for humor; Former President Ronald Reagan owned a red Subaru Brat, which is currently at display at Rancho del Cielo.


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