Collecting Cars, an online car auction platform, has announced that a WRC Subaru Impreza was sold for £610,000 ($849,700). But what’s so special about this car? Let’s find out.
Not just an Impreza, but a winner of rallying
A Subaru Impreza S6 was sold for £610,000 on Collecting Cars, setting a new world record.
Collecting Cars is an online auction platform that auctions cars from mainly Europe. The platform has over 38,000 members and has traded more than 3,200 cars, which makes its total transaction value of over £100 million.
The auctioned Impreza S6 (S/N PRO-GC8-00011) was driven by Richard Burns and won the Rally GB in 2000. Immediately after the car crossed the finish line 21 years ago, the car was handed over to its first owner, thus retaining its originality until 2018, when the car was refitted to show off its performance on several events.
It not only had the “battle scars” from the fierce WRC stages, but also Robert Reid’s pace note used on the final day, a Nokia mobile phone, headsets, FIA tag, FIA Gold Log Book, and even some energy bars from the door pockets.
When the second owner bought the car in 2018, he spent over £50,000 to refit the car so that it could be driven in demonstration events. After a shakedown test, the WRC winner participated some events and showed off its outstanding performance.
Recently, the car appeared at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed co-driven by Alister McRae, the younger brother of the late Colin McRae.
Given its originality and glorious history, the car was sold for £610,000.
To sell this car, Collecting Cars has created a short film to convey the excitement of owning and driving this car. In the movie, the Impreza drives through gravel roads and shows off its outstanding off-road performance while drifting at corners.