It probably won’t take much of a glance to realise it’s probably worth every penny, though. It’s not just any fast Impreza, but a World Rally Championship-spec Impreza. The first, in fact, and one which was predominantly tested by Colin McRae. You’ve probably heard of him.
“Chassis 001 was the car we unveiled and used as our primary test and development car,” says David Richards, head of the company that developed the car, Prodrive.
“It was thanks to the many hours Colin and the other drivers spent at its wheel, that when it came to the car’s debut at Rally Monte Carlo in January 1997, Piero Latti was able to claim victory and help Subaru go on and win a third consecutive manufacturers’ title.”
This car was born of new ‘World Rally Car’ regulations. So while Imprezas were already successful rally cars in ‘Group A’ spec, none were ferocious, bespoke two-door specials like this one.