Scour the auction results and you’ll find a whole host of motors reaching the 300K mark but rarely, if ever, any Subaru…
Why does it cost that much? Well, this particular 1998 Subaru happens to be an incredibly desirable Impreza 22B STi and one of only 400 examples ever produced for the Japanese market. #156 was imported to the US by the seller in July 2020 under the “show or display” exemption which is strange given the classic speed demon has in excess of 25,000 on its speedometer.
In short, the 22B is classed by its fans as the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Subaru automotive clan and is essentially a road-legal version of the successful World Rally Championship machine. Built to commemorate Subaru’s 40th WRC anniversary, all examples were finished in World Rally Blue and featured a specific vented aluminium hood, an enlarged hood scoop, widened fenders, rocker extensions, and an adjustable rear wing.
Additional equipment includes fog lights with covers, a rear wiper, power-folding side mirrors, a cherry blossom red Pleiades grille emblem, a ’22B STi’ badge and STi branded exhaust tip on the rear also reminds those behind of its extreme power available on tap.
The juicy turbocharged 2.2L EJ22G DOHC flat-four delivers 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 rpm and powers all four wheels via its five-speed manual transmission.
Equipment includes an electronically locking centre differential, 22B-specific bodywork, an adjustable rear wing, BBS wheels, red-finished STi brake calipers, automatic climate control, and a serialized plaque. Whilst the car is original, servicing has been maintained with a timing belt and water pump replaced, and replacement cat-back exhaust was also fitted.
Stunning factory 17″ gold-finished BBS alloy wheels are wrapped in 235/40 Dunlop Direzza ZII tires showing 2019 production codes. The car is equipped with red-finished STI brake calipers and the ProDrive-tuned suspension includes factory Bilstein shocks, a quick-ratio steering gear, and a carbon fibre strut tower bar. An alignment is said to have been performed earlier this year.
Internally there are manually adjustable Recaro seats upholstered in black cloth with striking blue inserts, red stitching, and unique STi-embroidery on the front backrests. Amenities include automatic climate control, air conditioning, a leather shift knob with red stitching, power windows, and STi door sill covers. A serialised plaque designates this car as #156 of approximately 400 produced for the Japanese market.
Not something you see every day on the streets but we love it…
Images courtesy of Bring A Trailer.
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