In the world of coupe-utility pickups the names Ranchero and El Camino are well loved and widely known. Utes are a way of life in many countries, where the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore and even Fiats and Peugeots are offered in car-based pickup versions in certain markets. There is another ute that was sold in the US market which a lot of people forget - the Subaru BRAT.
This little trucklet caught my eye because it's in fantastic condition. I was initially conflicted about shooting it because it's so modern, but I very rarely see BRATs that look this good. Curiously, this one also has glass T-tops, a feature I don't think I've ever noticed on a BRAT before, but apparently it's a common option on these. It's a GL trim level, which means it has quad headlights, nicer carpet and a dual range transfer case in case you feel the urge to go rock crawling.
Subaru tried the car-based pickup formula again with the Legacy-based Baja in 2002, which was produced apparently to give their plant workers in Indiana something to do. The Baja was for all intents and purposes a sales failure with only 30,000 sold in four years. Who knows? Maybe years from now someone will find an old Baja on the street and take pictures of it for their blog.