1958 Subaru 360 K111

First Floor - Artistry

For the manufacture of its first automobile, Fuji Heavy Industries hired aircraft engineers to help design the Subaru 360. A product of creative engineering and construction, it featured the same monocoque construction found in airplanes, offered room for four adults, and met the standards of Japan’s new kei (light) car class. At a time when most commuted by bicycle or scooter, the Subaru 360 provided the option of an affordable, enclosed passenger car, and it proved extremely popular. In 1968 it became the first Subaru model imported to the US.