Carlos Sainz also used it occasionally.
As far as barn finds go, this one is extraordinary.
The lucky barn owner in Victoria in Southern Australia came across a dusty yet driveable Subaru Impreza. A first valuation of the car put its worth at around $15,000 to $20,000, but thankfully the owner had it evaluated a second time by International Classic Automobile Authentication (ICAARS).
ICAARS discovered that this particular Scooby had a more heroic history. It was a full-on World Rally Championship car. But the good news doesn't stop there. It was driven by both Carlos Sainz and Colin McRae. It just doesn't get any better than that, which is why it is sold for a record amount of $360,000. The new owners paid in Bitcoin, as Lloyds Auctioneers and Valuers now accept it as currency.
As far as we can tell, this is the most expensive Subaru rally car ever sold. A Subaru Impreza S10 WRC driven by Peter Solberg was due to go under the hammer in May 2021. It was expected to fetch up to $635,000. There is no record of the sale going through, so it likely never went above the reserve price.
Petter Solberg is a superb driver, but Carlos Sainz was named the greatest WRC driver of all time by the WRC. Not to mention Colin McRae, who would likely be the greatest rally driver of all time had he not gone to that great racetrack in the sky far too soon. To sit where these two met sat is easily worth a million.
Looking at the car as it was found, you would not expect it to be an actual WRC car. The livery was missing, and it was covered in dust and bird poop. The first valuation was likely the result of valuators assuming it was one of the homologation cars. It still had the original 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed manual gearbox, however. We guess the roll cage also gave it away slightly.
Prodrive was in charge of building Subaru's rally cars. Only 63 cars were prepared by Prodrive, and it turns out this was one of them. It was restored to its former glory and put on sale late in September.
We're pretty happy to learn that this car is going to a car-loving family. According to Lloyds Auctions' CEO, Lee Hames, the new owners are motorsport enthusiasts and are looking forward to enjoying all its benefits. We sure hope that means hooning it down a gravel road at full opposite lock.