Colin McRae’s legendary Subaru Impreza breaks world record selling for £230,000 at auction – Video
The iconic blue and yellow Subaru Impreza with chassis number 001 driven by the legendary Colin McRae breaks world record selling for £230,000 at auction.
1997 brought in a new era in the World Rally Championship – the Group A was partially replaced by the World Rally Car (WRC). The new FIA regulations provided an opportunity and other manufacturers to join the championship, which previously were unable to homologate suitable road cars, while some continued to compete with predominantly modified Group A cars.
The first car that Subaru team unveiled was the chassis 001, which was used during testing to help Colin and the other drivers acclimatize to rule changes. The car’s debut was at Rally Monte Carlo in January 1997 where Piero Latti was able to claim victory. The race for the Drivers’ championship was very tight, but at the end Tommi Mäkinen won the title by a single point ahead of Colin McRae, while Subaru won a third consecutive manufacturers’ title.
Nine-time motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi, in 1999 drove this exact car in a rally in Italy. The car also contested the 1999 Acropolis Rally and 2001 Swedish Rally and won many races at national events. In 2007 the car was renovated using only original SRT parts by the same company who made it in 1996.
The iconic Subaru Impreza serial number WRC97001 was sold for £230,000 at H&H Classics’ Woodcote Park auction on June 6, thus breaking the record for the priciest Subaru, which previously stood at £150,000. “It’s always great to see a car go for a world record. The huge interest and high value of this car goes to show how prominent Colin McRae is the public’s consciousness,” said Damian Jones, of H&H auctioneers, which sold the car.
As far as historic rally cars go, Subaru Impreza WRC97001 is one of the most important ever made (David Lilywhite – Octane magazine, May 2010).