Lot 231 - 2001 Subaru Impreza P1
|Odometer reading||69,000 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,840|
There have been seven noted versions of the Subaru Impreza WRX dating back from Subaru's original World Rally Cross staging vehicles. Subaru adopted the name "WRX" to stand for "World Rally eXperimental", as all WRX versions feature rally inspired technology, including all-wheel drive, stiffened suspensions and turbocharged four cylinder engines. In 1994, Subaru introduced Subaru Tecnica International (STI) versions of the WRX in Japan. These models were upgraded from the standard WRX in many categories, including blueprinted performance-tuned engines, transmissions, and suspension. The STi versions of the WRX were immensely successful in rallies and popular among street racers but were only sold in the Japanese market. Compared to the WRX, the STi had mostly mechanical modifications. To counter the grey imports of high-performance Japanese STi variants, Subaru UK commissioned Prodrive to produce a limited edition of 1,000 two-door cars in Sonic Blue, called the WRX 'P1'. Released in March 2000, they were taken from the STi Type-R lines and used for the P1. The car was the only coupé version of the WRX STi GC chassis to receive ABS. In order to allow for ABS, engine output was boosted to 276bhp and the suspension optimised for British roads. Options were available from Subaru consisting of four-piston front brake calipers, electric Recaro seats, 18" wheels and a P1 stamped back box. The P1, or Prodrive One, is echoed in the name of the Prodrive P2 concept car.
No 026 of 1000 is described as one of the best examples in the country. This P1 has been lavished with a full Subaru service history since its initial registration in September 2001. The bodywork and interior trim are as new and we are informed the car is in standard specification with, importantly, no modifications. Offered with a 12 month MoT test certificate and a pleasing history file, this P1 is rapidly growing in popularity due to the limited production. Offered in absolutely stunning condition, this rally inspired modern classic is certainly set to appreciate in value and become very collectable in the near future.
Previous lotLot 230 - 1997 Renault Sport Spider
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