This 271 mile Subaru Impreza would set you back nearly half a million dollars
Japanese legend or supercar? You decide!
Welcome to another episode of wildly expensive Japanese classics!
It looked like things couldn't get any crazier after the $265,000 Honda NSX, but here we are again with a piece of far-eastern motoring history that will split more opinions than Marmite on toast.
This particular garage queen is a Subaru Impreza 22B STI - considered to be the greatest version Subaru ever produced - with only 274 miles on its glistening odometer. It's also worth mentioning that there was only around 400 22Bs built worldwide, with this particular model being number 309 (as seen in the plaque on the centre console - below).
Currently being offered for sale by specialist dealer Appreciating Classics, this 22B was imported brand new from Japan in 1998 and stayed with the same family ever since. A true museum piece, the car has only been driven a few times to check that nothing had seized up during its beauty sleep. The results of this cosseted life can clearly be seen in the gleaming engine bay and factory fresh interior.
Apparently the car was intended as a family investment, which is surprisingly prescient considering that this model wasn't really appreciated in the 90's and early 00's; unfortunately, the old Imprezas had a widespread reputation for loutish drivers and tasteless modifications.
Following a bereavement in the family, it was eventually decided to put the rare Subaru up for sale. After an inspection by the dealer, the Impreza was declared "as new" and fully working - absolutely incredible for such an old car, which apparently only needed a polish before being put on the forecourt!
What's the price of all this bronze wheeled perfection I hear you ask? Well, grab your sake and sit down, because the price of this factory new Subaru Impreza 22B STi is....drumroll...$295,000. Yes, you read that correctly, this is a Subaru that is well on the way to half a million dollars.
Now, I don't think I'm alone in thinking that's rather steep, even considering this cars rarity. In fact, you could probably find a slightly higher mileage, collectors-quality Impreza for significantly less online.
However you have to admit, this Scooby does have the scarcity factor nailed down. I mean, let's be honest, you could probably count the number of low mileage, unmolested 22Bs on one hand nowadays...which is more exclusive than most Italian supercars, let alone Japanese rally specials.
However, as pricey as this car is, I've got a sneaking suspicion that someone with slightly more money than sense will eventually snap it up. After all, this car is a rally legend on the same level as the Lancia Delta Integrale. The cherry on top? Well, whisper it for now, they might even end up making money off it one day too.