The Subaru Impreza was designed by the Prodrive team to launch the assault on the world title. Successful mission in 1995 with the British who died in 2007. The discovery thanks to the owner of the farm
Finding a needle in a haystack is nearly impossible. However, there are those who have discovered a real four-wheeled jewel in a barn. This is the case of the owner of a barn in Victoria, Australia, who came across a 1994 Prodrive Subaru Impreza. Lloyds Auctions for an exceptional amount: 360,000 dollars (about 305 thousand euros). Also thanks to the history of this car, driven by rally aces like Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae.
This Subaru took part in the 1994 WRC championship. That season the Prodrive team finished second in the constructors’ standings, behind Toyota, establishing themselves in Greece, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The same model allowed McRae to win his only world title the following year, ahead of his teammate Sainz. Then the car was withdrawn in 1996 and ended up being put up for sale. It has since fallen into the hands of three owners, the last of whom left it in a barn in Victoria.
Subaru made history for another reason as well. After a first observation, in which the car was estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000 dollars (13-17 thousand euros), it was revalued by the International Classic Automobile Authentication (Icaars) and auctioned for 360,000 dollars. This is the highest amount a rally car has been sold for. Broken the previous record, belonging to another Subaru, an Impreza Wrc7 also driven by McRae. The car has not been definitively restored and still has some signs of its glorious past. In addition to the original blue livery, it features a 2-liter boxer engine and a manual gearbox.
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