1983 Subaru Sherpa Deluxe 655cc from Australia and New Zealand
A car that the oil company's hate
I bought the car with a broken down engine. The previous owner some how dropped a nut into the combustion chamber. So my uncle got another engine and gearbox and literally picked up the engine and gearbox and put it in.
The second problem was rust in the rain drain below the windscreen and water getting and on to the drivers feet.
The final problem is hubs they aren't strong enough I have replaced the front hubs about 4 times.
These little cars for the size of the engine go brilliant and are very very easy to work on. I read in a magazine that the Japanese Sherpa's also got a supercharger and fuel injection and produce 41kw. Anyone after one talk to an importer and order a gear box, CV joint's and hubs.
I had my Sherpa off the clock going down hill. It would have been doing about 145-150km/h. only 110km/h to slow.
The best L/100km I got was 3L/100km and that is awesome economy by using synthetic 10W/30 oil and running a performance air filter.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th March, 2003
I also own a Sherpa Super Deluxe. I have taken mine out on the Coopers Rally tracks where if it had a bit of work done to the engine, would make it a very good Rally car. Again as you said it isn't invincible as I busted my CV joint at the rally when I hit a rock. I am currently looking to import one of the Sherpa GT turbocharged engines. But as for finding someone with them it's near impossible.
I have Subaru Sherpa, it's pre' 1987 because of round head lights. It's a bush basher and is getting a bit rusty and needs work. It's a great little car. Does anyone have a supercharger out there? I'd love to put it on.