‘Barn Find’ Subaru rally car bought with Bitcoin for half a million dollars


Australian auction house Lloyds, which sold the car, confirmed today that the buyer used a digital wallet to purchase the piece of motorsport history Bitcoin.

At today’s price, the 1994 Subaru Prodrive 555 Group A car is worth roughly 8.3 bitcoin.

The 1994 Subaru Prodrive 555 Group A in its original paintwork. (Lloyds auctions)

Lee Hames, chief operating officer at Lloyds, said the used car market has simply adapted to the tastes and convenience of buyers.

“Cryptocurrency is the way of the future and here at Lloyds we are excited to offer a variety of payment methods and to evolve with the changing world,” said Hames.

the 1994 Subaru Prodrive 555 Group A was a real “barn find” World Championship car, driven by rally legend Colin McRae and his team-mate Carlos Sainz, which was eliminated from the competition in 1996.
The vehicle as it was found in the warehouse. (Lloyds auctions)

Since then it has stood untouched and collected dust until it was spotted by a discerning collector.

This particular Subaru was the first car to sport the famous L555REP license plates to celebrate Repsol’s sponsorship with Sainz and Subaru.

In the car’s competitive history, Sainz finished third in Monte Carlo in 1994, where he started eighth and drove the car through treacherous snow and ice.

It’s still equipped with its original 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Sports car found after gathering dust in a barn for 41 years

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