Hope the buyer's wife is understanding.
Every now and then we come across an extremely rare car up for sale with the potential to sell for an absurd amount. Last week we identified one such case. A 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi, built to celebrate the automaker's third consecutive manufacturer's title in the FIA World Rally Championship and its 40th anniversary, was also an overseas market-only deal.
The Subaru WRX STi hadn't even arrived yet for sale in America. And needless to say, it's earned an extremely loyal global following, a fact that's only increased the value of ultra-rare builds like the 22B STi. That's why we were closely watching the example being auctioned off on Bring A Trailer and the bidding war that ensued.
We conservatively estimated its final price would surpass the $200,000 mark not only due to its rarity but also because it clocked just 25,000 miles, is in phenomenal overall condition, and includes tons of literature and all Japanese market service records. The auction has now concluded and the winning bid came to a whopping $312,555.
That's right. Someone who could afford a new Porsche 911 GT3 RS shelled out supercar money for a 23-year-old Subie. Bear in mind only 400 examples of this particular Subaru were built, but still. Two-decade+ Subarus with bona fide rally credentials such as this are proving to be hot commodities.
Last July, for example, another 22B STi with just 271 miles went for $370,000. This latest case, serial number 156, only arrived in America last July under the "show and display" exemption that allows for low-production vehicles not homologated for the US and are less than 25 years old to be driven legally. Expect more cases of 22B STi models finding their way here starting in 2023. Shockingly, this isn't the most expensive example we've seen recently.
Expect 22B prices to only increase from now on as they start appealing to investors and not just purist collectors.