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Top 10: Classic crossovers

The idea of a crossovers isn’t new, as these cars show. In fact, it’s been around a lot longer than you might expect. We’re not talking full-on SUVs here. Instead these are ‘lifestyle’ vehicles that are usually car-derived but with a touch more practicality. Welcome to the world of the classic crossover.

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Subaru 4WD Station Wagon

One of the last Japanese marques to arrive in the UK was Subaru, which began imports in the late ’70s – all thanks to the efforts of entrepreneur Bob Edmiston, who’d negotiated the rights to bring this little-known brand to these shores. First to arrive was the range known in its homeland as the Leone, but sold here with rather more explanatory badges – such as this Subaru 4WD Station Wagon. Powered by a 1.6-litre flat-four petrol engine and with manually-selectable four-wheel drive, it was an unusual design that soon found favour among farmers and country dwellers alike.

Read our Subaru Leone review here

 

Comments

Chris C    on 11 February 2017

The Streetwise wasn't that short lived since it continued as the MG3 SW built in China between 2008 and 2010. With its increased ride height, fake skidplates and plastic wheelarch covers, etc, it inspired lots of subsequent soft offroaders.

soldierboy000    on 16 February 2017

The Simca Matra Rancho was based on a Simca 1100 pick up with the front of the Simca 1100 and the rear portion by Matra, not a dodge pick up. Simca was on it's own when this was first born.

PG1234    on 19 February 2017

The van and pick-up versions of the Simca 1100 were badged as Dodges in the UK from 1976.

This is the 'relaunch' advert: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ifhp97/8410779904

soldierboy000    on 20 February 2017

Yes but it was a French car made in France and was Simca when it was designed and first built, Dodge was only used in this country as the difference between Chryslers car and commercial ranges.

Alroya    on 12 February 2018

Where’s the Fiat Panda mk1?

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