by Greg Wesson, Bend, OR
Sometime in the early 2000s, when I drove a 1993 Impreza wagon, I stumbled upon a car that I’d never seen the likes of. It was beautiful, and it was a Subaru. It was the SVX.
I studied them. I learned all I could about them. I priced them. I couldn’t afford one.
Enter 2012. Hope does spring eternal. I had looked at and drooled over dozens of SVX models through the years. In June 2012, I inherited a sum of money worthy of purchasing an SVX. I looked; I searched; I researched; and I looked some more.
Finally, in October, I found what I had dreamed of for more than a decade – white with black top 1994 Subaru SVX LSi. I drove and loved it even more. So, on October 10, I completed the purchase of my wonderful SVX.
Dream. Come. True.
by Armando Licon, Fullerton, California
It was 1992. I was flipping through a car magazine and came across an ad for the SVX. What caught my eye in the photo was the windows! I was curious, so I went down to the local Subaru dealer to check it out.
They had one in Liquid Silver. It looked so much better in person than it did in the photo! They let me take it out for a test-drive. Needless to say, I fell in love with the SVX. It quickly became the car I had to have. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford it. So, I had to put it on the wish list.
In April of 1997, I was going to dinner with some friends, and we happened to drive by a Subaru dealer. I asked if we could stop so that I could show them the SVX. When we walked onto the lot, I spotted one, tucked away in the corner. It was a ’92 LS-L, in black (my color) with 65,000 miles. It was exactly what I wanted! Long story short: I went home with it that very night!
It became my daily driver. I went everywhere in it. People were always commenting on its design, especially the windows.
At around the five-year mark of owning it (it was 10 years old), it started having some problems, common in the first year SVX, and I had to make a decision. Sell the car, or fix and keep it. Well, of course, I kept it, and fixed it!
I drove it almost every day all the way up to March of 2006. At that time, I went out on tour with my job. That eventually led to moving to New York City. The SVX stayed at home in California. On visits home, I would take it out for drives to visit family and friends.
While in New York, I spent a lot of time thinking about the SVX and researching accessories, wheels, and modifications that were available for it. I found that I really like a lot of the JDM pieces from Japan. Luckily, I was able to find everything I wanted through the Internet.
I returned to California in June of 2011. A few months later, I started working with a body shop to realize the vision I had for my SVX. The body shop started the work in October of 2011. Four weeks later, I had the SVX of my dreams!
My SVX now has 247,000 miles on it. It runs better than ever, and still turns heads everywhere I go!
In December of 2011, I joined the SVX World Network. Finally, I had found a group of people who shared the same love for this unique car that I had.
For the past 14 years, the group has had a gathering in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, known as the Reading Meet. It’s the largest gathering of SVX models in the United States. This year’s meet, Reading 14, was the first one I was able to attend. I made the trek from California. It was a wonderful time. I now have a great group of friends with whom I can share my love for the SVX!
This car is so special to me that I recently bought a second SVX! Another 1992 LS-L, in Pearl White.
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