Total cargo weight: 8100 lbs (900 each). A mighty light load for this Ford Super Duty.
More on the 360:
CC Subaru 360: It All Started With This Little Wart PN
CC Driving Impressions: Subaru 360 PN
And they’re still being transported this way
That’s about 9 months inventory for the Suby dealer.
I see the Super Duty is sporting a tag axle, could have left that at home for this load.
Does any one know what the “hood scoop” on the hood of the Super Duty was for? I remember seeing them quite often but never worked on one.
The scoop is probably an engine air intake, like the circular opening on the later Louisville hood.
Although it would be ridiculous I’d like to see a Sambar flatbed towing a trailer with two 360s on it. A few of the kei trucks were sold in the US because i used to see one sitting in a gas station on Capitol Highway in Portland, near I-5.
Locally we had an ice cream truck company that had a number of the pickup version of the 360 in their fleet until the late 70’s.
Yes, the hood scoop was a functional cold air intake for the carburetor.
I wonder if the trailer and rack weigh more than the Sue-bar-oos?
I wonder how this compares to the number of surviving Subaru 360’s in the U.S. In Japan would be another matter.
Scoutdude pronounces the car as I do. The Subaru had another model around 1969 with a porthole type window in the rear seat area. What an ugly little car it was! They have come a long way in the marketplace.
“The car is of an uncommon ugliness, looking like a dehydrated Volkswagen or a reconstituted Renault 4CV that didn’t quite make it.”
–Road & Track
That is how it was produced in the TV ads for the 360. Paul posted the ads here https://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/subaru-360-ads-cheap-ugly-ads-with-semi-sexy-girl-extolling-cheap-ugly-cars/
Google tells me that today one can buy a single F-350 “Super Duty” weighing as much as 7700 pounds. Fill the tank and add a couple passengers, and that approaches the weight of *all* these 360’s, I reckon….
A 4-door F-350 DRW or F-450 weighs nearly 8600 lbs. dry, so that already surpasses the weight of 9 sub-1000-lb. 360s.
There was a Subaru dealership in my neighborhood opened circa 1969. It was a very small city building front (there were apartments above) but they managed to have two of these models displayed. I couldn’t believe the size of these cars or how a normal sized person could fit it one.
I don’t recall the name of the dealer but if they stuck to it they eventually became multi-millionaires. Any Japanese care was extremely rare then.
A local Chrysler-Plymouth dealer tried to sell these with very little results. Soon after he acquired a Toyota franchise and proceeded to make a LOT of money.
Tare weight of the truck and trailer are likely more than the payload
There is a guy on Youtube who goes by “2stroketurbo” That has a Subaru 360 coupe and van. He shows a number of videos of driving and maintaining them. Now apparently he is attracting other 360 owners who bring their cars to him for maintenance and repair.
This combination would be an ideal smoke-screen generator for military purposes. Ford’s natural oil-burning habits plus 9 two-strokers running at redline.
Might not work with this Ford.
Even on a bet the typical Super Duty couldn’t be beat hard enough to smoke or leak oil.
I owned a 1972 Honda Z600. The only car I ever passed on a highway was a Subaru 360. I tapped my horn as I went by. The driver scowled until he saw what i was driving.
The cuteness or lack therein is entirely subjective .
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