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Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC car makes £235,750 at auction

Colin McRae Subaru Impreza WRC car makes £235,750 at auction Classic and Performance Car

Prodrive-developed and restored Impreza rally car has sold for £235,750 at H&H Classic’s Woodcote Park auction in Surrey, making it the most expensive Subaru ever sold at auction


A rather special Prodrive-built Impreza rally car has become the most expensive Subaru ever sold at auction, making a total of £235,750 (including fees) at H&H Classic’s Woodcote Park auction on 6 June. 

This 1997 Impreza was not only the first of Subaru’s WRC-specification machines following the phasing out of Group A, but was actually used for development and testing – driven by McRae for some of it – as well as appearing in all of the original publicity shots and events. 
 
It was a serious step up from the road-car biased Group A cars of old, and Prodrive developed this new WRC car from the ground up. Starting with a Japanese-spec two-door shell it was considerably stiffer, and a widened track meant that some Peter Stevens blistered wheelarches were needed. More power and torque was liberated from the 2.0-litre flat-four turbo by moving the intercooler, and fitting a much larger airbox. 
 
The story of the car’s history is an interesting one. Rather than joining the Works team, this Subaru Impreza was entered by a privateer. It's thought to by the reason it still boasts the original shell, as most Works cars were re-shelled throughout the WRC season. 
After the 1997 season, the car went to an Italian rally team who ran it in the Italian Rally Championship. Chassis 001 then went on to Ireland, where it was used and abused in many clubman rallies, before being left to gather dust. It was then rescued by a collector, who approached Prodrive to carry out a full restoration. 


There were huge problems with rust, and the car had been bashed about and filled many times, but it did retain its original shell. Prodrive undertook the restoration, which was the first of its kind for the company, and posed many difficulties. It was completed to a world class standard by many of the people who built it in the first place. 
 
Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics commented: ‘To many, the mid 1990s was the heyday of the Subaru World Rally Team. Following the drivers' and manufacturers' double in 1995 and a further manufacturers' title in 1996, the blue and yellow Impreza was rapidly becoming the icon of the championship and Colin McRae one of rallying's great stars.’ 

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