Just how high will the price of this Impreza WRC fly?
A Subaru Impreza World Rally Car which took victory in the 2000 Rally of Great Britain is on track to sell for a world-beating price.
The Subaru Impreza S6 WRC2000 is said to be “the most original WRC car in the world” according to auction website Collecting Cars. Following its win in the hands of Richard Burns and co-driver Robert Reid the car was sold straight on to a private collector without being returned to the Prodrive factory for repairs.
The car’s engine and transmission is completely original, as is the battle-damaged paintwork. The Subie is missing its passenger side mirror, there’s a chip in one of the headlights and the rear sill on the driver’s side took a big hit on the very first stage. It comes complete with a full set of road books for the Rally of Great Britain, driver and co-driver headsets, a Nokia mobile phone, and even some uneaten energy tablets and a cereal bar, which are long past their sell-by dates.
Burns’ win was an astonishing fightback after limping the car back to service with a ratchet strap holding one of the rear wheels in place on stage one. From then on the late, great Burns put on a masterclass to take victory. A year later he would claim the World Rally Championship title.
After 18 years with its original owner the car was sold in 2018 and subjected to a $70,000 mechanical recommissioning before hooning up the hill at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. As you can see in the video below, the car still runs at a blistering pace. At the time of writing bidding stood at £410,000 ($582,150) with five days remaining. Expect the price to leap higher than a Fiesta over Colin’s Crest.