The Subaru Sherpa as it is called in Australia was built on the Subaru 700 series chassis the same as the second series of Subaru Rex. Backing up to 1958 when the 360 series was first produced, was the beginning of the micro or mini car from Subaru. These early cars looked very similar to a Volkswagen Beetle.
Then came the R2 which also had the engine in the rear but was a little more boxy looking.
There was a big change with the all new Rex II which had a 2 cylinder Water cooled engine in the front driving the front wheels.It was first sold in Japan in 1981 and the Sherpa with a larger 665cc 2 cylinder engine was first sold in Australia in 1982.This body style and carbureted engine with 4 speed trans was basically the same till the end of 1988. There was a Sherpa SPORT sold for 1 year in 1989. This was a Fiori look alike with the last year of the Sherpa name.The only real difference in these older 82 to 88 Sherpa cars was that it had round headlights up until 85 when the headlights had a rectangular shape.
Here is a 1981 Rex II in Japan
and now some pictures of the Subaru Sherpa.
Here is a look inside:
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2009 14:00:45 GMT -4 by justyfied
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It is spelled REX not WRX it is not a wannabee or pretender because REX means KING
Post by tomi14robie on Sept 29, 2011 4:44:32 GMT -4
Here in the UK we havnt heard of a Sherpa car,having read the history it looks a handy little mini car. I own a LDV Convoy 3.5 tonne van(converted by me into a camper),this van is the "modern " version of the LDV Sherpa van. LDV vans are no longer built they went bankrupt about 2 yrs ago. I like the van i have as they are very low teck with no computers to go wrong and cause problems and easy to repair and maintain. cheers tom