Those of us born in the mid- to late-90s never had the opportunity of visiting car dealerships at the time. If you did, well chances are you were still quite young would probably barely remember most of the details. Just imagine getting up close and checking out with all the legendary 90s cars some of us dream of owning today in their factory glory.
Unfortunately, the only way of doing that today is by going through old photographs. But, there is one way of recreating the experience. All you have to do is visit the tiny island of Malta. There, you can find this abandoned Subaru showroom full of early 90s Subaru models that remain unmolested today.
Various models including Imprezas, Kei-cars, and even a rare first-generation XT (also called the Alcyone in Japan). Yes, before it became a trim level, on the Forester before, the XT was actually its very own model. All cars have never been driven and still show factory mileage. If you ever wanted to find the freshest GC/GF chassis Impreza outside of museums, these are probably it.
For a full retro feel, the dealership doesn’t even use the Subaru logo or name. Instead, the sign still says Fuji, which stands for Fuji Heavy Industries. Other era-correct signs include the “air-conditioning” advertising on display. Yes, air-conditioning was not a standard feature on cars back in the day.
You may be wondering why the cars look fresh and the tires aren’t flat even after more than 25 years. That’s because the person who owns the dealership still supposedly lives across the street. It is also the same reason why some of the photos show different cars on display inside the same dealership.
Before you ask, the owner reportedly refuses to sell the cars to anyone. So no, you can’t buy any of them if that’s what you’re thinking. At least you know the next time you do end up visiting Malta, you can experience what it was like shopping at a Subaru dealership during its golden days.