1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B is auctioned


ONE very rare 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B will be auctioned next month on behalf of the federal government.

The Subaru was seized under the Proceed of Crime laws and is being sold by Liquid Asset Management under the direction of the Australian Financial Security Agency.

The Impreza WRX STI 22B is build number 132 of only 425 examples built and a personal import from Japan – where most of the cars were sold.

Records also show that this vehicle received its compliance label in 2008, with its Victorian registration listed as revoked in July 2017 – around the time the vehicle was confiscated along with a large collection of other exotic cars.

The 22B is considered the most coveted Subaru of all time and one of the most sought-after Japanese hero cars of the era, the prices of which have skyrocketed in recent years.

One example sold for AU $ 424,000 on the U.S. website in April 2021 Bring a trailer, while another vehicle was sold privately through UK dealer Appreciating Classics after being advertised for AU $ 526,000 (although the price paid remains unknown).

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The 22B was designed to celebrate Subaru’s rally successes and its 40th anniversary, with 400 made for the Japanese market, 16 for the UK and just five for Australia. Three were prototypes and one is said to have been held by Subaru.

Subaru Australia also kept one for themselves, selling the other four to collectors for $ 125,000 each – more than three times the then price of a regular WRX.

The wide-body coupé is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with turbocharging, which has an output of 206 kW and 363 Nm – however, this has been controversial since then, as many suspect that its performance values ​​are much higher than the manufacturer’s specifications.

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The power is transmitted to all four wheels via an adjustable center differential via a 5-speed manual gearbox with a close gear ratio, with the sprint from 0 to 100 km / h being completed in 4.7 seconds.

Designed as an enthusiast’s car, the 22B dispensed with air conditioning and a radio to save weight and further improve performance over the two-door WRX STI Type R on which it is based.

The auction for this 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 22B will end on January 27, 2022 at 1 p.m. You can see the list here.

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