Colin McRae's Subaru WRC Car Sells for $300,000

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  • Colin McRae
    Colin McRae
    British racing driver (1968-2007)
  • Valentino Rossi
    Valentino Rossi
    Italian motorcycle racer
Photo credit: H&H Classics
Photo credit: H&H Classics

From Road & Track

Back in the 1990s, Subaru's dive into the World Rally Championship cemented the companies reputation as an all-wheel drive performance company, and it continues until today. That success is largely thanks to one man: Rally driver Colin McRae. His numerous wins behind the wheel of a Subaru were the stuff of legend, and because of that, one of his test cars just sold for nearly $300,000.

Photo credit: H&H Classics
Photo credit: H&H Classics

This 1996 Subaru Impreza WRC97 was chassis number 001 used by Prodrive for testing in preparation for the 1997 World Rally Championship season. In addition to test runs put in by McRae, the car was raced by seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi in 1999, according to the H&H Classics auction listing. Following that, 001 changed hands multiple times, competing in regional rallies across Europe up until 2007, when it finally retired from competition.

Photo credit: H&H Classics
Photo credit: H&H Classics

On Tuesday, WRC97 sold for £230,625 at auction, which at current exchange rates, equates to around $297,746. That is, uh, a lot of money for an old Impreza. Then again, there's arguably no other Subaru with as much history as this one. Plus, nothing beats that 555 color scheme.

Photo credit: H&H Classics
Photo credit: H&H Classics

via Jalopnik

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