Ever wanted to own an authentic rally car? Here's your chance.
As part of a recent UK heritage fleet auction, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition signed by the legendary rally driver became the most expensive Mitsubishi to ever sell at a UK auction for a whopping £100,100 ($139,341). At the same auction, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car driven by two-time champion Guy Wilkes sold for £61,700 ($85,888).
Like Mitsubishi, Subaru also has a rich rallying heritage - the Subaru Impreza S3 WRC driven by the late Colin McRae is one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable rally cars of all time. If you have always wanted to own an authentic rally car, you're in luck because a special Subaru Impreza S10 WRC car is being sold by Silverstone Auctions.
Specifically, this Subaru Impreza S10 WRC was driven by Petter Solberg, who famously won Rally Japan in 2004. With Solberg behind the wheel, the Impreza S10 achieved 11 stage wins and finished Rally Japan over one minute faster than Sebastien Loeb, securing his eighth win and Subaru's 42nd WRC victory.
After this landmark victory, the Impreza rally car was stripped and rebuilt by Prodrive for Petter to drive at Rally Australia, where he was forced to retire. It was then rebuilt again for Colin McRae to compete at the Bettega Memorial Rally Sprint in Monza. At the end of the 2004 WRC, the car was fully rebuilt by Prodrive and sold to a private team.
After swapping hands several times, the car's current owner had the car meticulously restored back to its original 2004 Rally Japan specification by Prodrive's Legends Department in 2019. The body was stripped to its bare shell, the fuel tank, brake discs, and brake pads, were replaced, and the car was repainted by the same company that painted the car in 2004 to recreate the original livery.
Prodrive rebuilt the S10 to match the exact specification as the car Petter drove to victory in the 2004 Rally Japan, retaining his preferred suspension setup and seat and pedal box position. The attention to detail in the restoration is remarkable: even the water bottle mount is period-correct. This is the only Impreza that has been restored by Prodrive Legends so far. Silverstone Auctions will be selling Solberg's Subaru Impreza S10 on May 28 and is expected to fetch between £385,000 ($543,286) and £450,000 ($635,220).