The usual drill: Solid, neat, complete, and different.. it deserves a good looking over!
Mentioned a lot of this on the previous Leone-wagon post subtlety (yes, skillfully..) linked above, but again; 3rd generation Subaru Leone (L-Series) introduced ~1984. Available as a sedan and coupe in addition to the (from memory) particularly-successful wagon as above. Production lasted a full 10 years; but with the Legacy/Liberty being introduced around halfway in, and the Impreza in late 92/93... well after three generations spanning over twenty years, time was up for the Leone name.
This particular example was a 1990 build, so.. close enough to bang-on half-way through? That perfect happy medium of looks-older-than-it-is, and you-could-buy-a-new-one-the-same-years-later..?
..it was a 5speed with dual-range, quite neat, all there, straight, rust-free.. and then only 14X,000km on the clock? Interesting really, as these are otherwise well loved. I'm sure whatever was wrong with it could have been quite easily/cheaply fixed.. it had so much more to offer.
But regardless. Here it was. Here to give up its bits n pieces to other much-more-flogged Leone's getting around Australia.
Yep. solid beige over a grey cloth/vinyl combo. Lush.
But hey, non-metallic in 1990 means no clear in sight. Yes, the oxidation here is just decorative - this'd genuinely polish up a treat.
Sure the finished product is reminiscent of overly-moist custard, but I know I'm keen! Its pleasant.
So.. moving on with the L-series pictorial tour...
Mentioned it before, but yep.. I love that instrument pod on these. Not uncommon for the era, but the huge selection of fingertip buttons right there is properly.. handy? There's a skinny two-spoke wheel with handgrips, and this obviously low-specced model is lacking a tacho.. despite the 5speed shifter on the floor.
The writing under the trim? How long's that been there..?!
..and those buttons again, HVAC sliders and all.
..and of course, the spare wheel. It is a Subaru after all!
But back inside..
And that'd be all here?
Well I can't take everything, but I'm sure as hell not leaving that classic Pioneer gear there!
Brought home, cleaned up, and now to repeat a couple recent Instagram post comments... for the sake of recycling..
Never leaving empty handed!