This is probably “the most original WRC car in the world” and it’s just been sold for a staggering £610,000 via the online auction platform, Collecting Cars…
So, what makes it so special?
Apart from setting a new world record, this is the very car that was driven to outright success by the late, great Richard Burns at the 2000 Network Q Rally GB, who gained his ninth WRC career win and his third of that year following victories Portugal and Argentina. The victory in Margam Country Park near Port Talbot also marked a hat-trick of back-to-back Rally GB wins for Burns, winning in 1998 with Mitsubishi and 1999 with Subaru.
As with many successful Works rally machines, chassis #11 had already been pre-sold to its next owner who had already made arrangements to collect the car at the ‘end of the season’ – a term the buyer took literally, whisking the WRC directly from the finishing line at Margam Country Park before it could be given some much needed TLC and subsequently stripped of any proprietary modifications or enhancements by Prodrive before the new custodian gets their hands on it.
Original and unsanitized, the ‘battle-scarred’ Subaru Impreza was still in possession of its original as-raced bodywork – complete with a broken wing mirror, dented front wing, and various other dinks the pilot acquired on route to the chequered flag – the car has never been repainted or cosmetically restored in any way which makes this a very special and desirable WRC.
Bizarrely, the removal of the WRC was so quick, FIA tags were still in place, Reid’s pace notes as used on the final day, Nokia mobile phone, energy bars in the door pockets, identification documents, and most importantly its original FIA Gold Log Book have remained within the car ever since.
Following some tactful remedial works, the remarkable WRC was put through shakedown testing to make any final adjustments and was subsequently invited to attend the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Given its historical significance and the good relationship between Goodwood and the Richards Burns Foundation, the car was given a running slot on the main hill rather than the rally stage.
The sale of the ex-Burns Impreza S6 also marked a milestone for Collecting Cars, which has now generated in excess of £100 million in sales for its vendors on its second year anniversary.
Founder and CEO of Collecting Cars, Edward Lovett, said:
“We have set several world records since launching the platform two years ago, but this is unquestionably the most significant. Our thanks go to the seller who entrusted us with this incredible piece of World Rally Championship history, and to the buyer who we are confident will treasure this remarkable car.”
Lovett added: “The sale of this very special Subaru also saw the platform surpass the £100 million sales total, just a few days before our two-year anniversary. This is a key milestone on our path to becoming the leading global online auction platform for collectible cars, and it is down to sellers and buyers who believe in a smarter and simpler way of transacting that we have achieved it so quickly.”
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