Lot 121 - 2006 Subaru Imprezza WRX STi
|Odometer reading||76,206 miles|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £17,000|
With the humdrum shopping Impreza as its base, the Japanese engineers went full-on banzai to develop the Impreza Turbo into a street fighting machine that was at home on the track as it was a forestry rally stage. The WRX (World Rally eXperimental) flat-four engine is turbocharged and develops around 235bhp in initial trim. Relatively modest by today’s standards but anything but in-period and is its lively engine is mated to a manual gearbox and a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system. A relatively lightweight car, it goes like stink and took the motoring world by storm. Rally win followed rally win - and the Brits wanted a piece of the action, importing both saloon and hatchback variants by the container load. The second-generation cars, available from 2000, officially boasted between 261bhp and 276bhp depending on the model, enough to propel the 1,360kg Impreza to a top speed of over 150mph via a 0-62mph time of under five seconds. Rallying legends such as Colin McRae and Richard Burns took the already potent Impreza STi and turned it into an iconic machine, the likes of which we will probably never see again. On a performance-per-pound basis they were extraordinarily cheap when they were new, and a series of upgrades and model changes that encouraged owners to change their cars more frequently than they might otherwise have done, meaning they depreciated even more quickly than your usual performance car.
This UK-supplied 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STi is presented in the iconic Rally Blue with Speedline ProDrive wheels and currently showing it has been very well serviced throughout its life and in 2021 it was significantly improved and upgraded. Featuring a Cosworth air intake and a modified exhaust, it looks and sounds incredible and goes like the clappers!
It's last owner, a fastidious JDM enthusiast, spent heavily during his ownership, enhancing its performance and reliability. The following parts were all fitted in 2021 and within the last 3000 miles:
- ECU road Mapping Race Dynamix
- RCM EJ25 Head Gasket
- Timing Belt & Water Pump
- Rocker Cover Gasket Set
- Twin Scroll Half Sump Conversion Kit
- RCM Hi-Performance Head Stud kit
- ECU road Mapping Race Dynamic
- Denso Front Lambda 2.0 Turbo
- Walbro Fuel Pump
- Zunsport Full Grille Set
- Two Piece Diffuser
- Killer B Motorsport Ultimate Oil Pickup
- Cylinder Head Refurbishment
In addition, many other serviceable items were carried out throughout 2021 please see the service history in the photos.
The car comes with a spare key, all the original handbooks and service book that is well stamped up by a variety of specialists at the following intervals, the last stamp being 28/2/22
09/05/2006 - 1132 miles - Subaru Donelly, Belfast
03/03/2008 - 11409 miles - Subaru Edwin Long Motors, Belfast
13/01/2010 - 23260 miles - Subaru Edwin Long Motors, Belfast
15/11/2012 - 30154 miles - AutoQ, Belfast
31/03/2013 - 41092 miles - BM Motors, Belfast (Cambelt + tensioners)
17/05/2014 - 48066 miles - Themotorgym, Belfast
13/05/2015 - 55138 miles - Wylie Motors, Belfast (Front pads)
58000 miles - C.A.E - (Clutch, Cambelt, Head Gasket)
04/08/2016 - 60989 miles – Wolverhampton Subaru
27/9/2017 – 64974 miles – Paul Caswell Cars (Gearbox + Diff Oil Change)
01/08/2018 – 68410 miles – Paul Caswell Cars
13/08/2019 – 72439 miles – Paul Caswell Cars
07/07/2021 – 74329 miles – East Kent Subaru (Cambelt + Full Service)
Compared to the far more expensive and smaller engine sister Impreza WRX STi from the JDM market, this provides excellent value and is the preferred choice for many. The car is supplied with a fresh MoT test certificate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.