1993 GC8 Impreza WRX
Pending Sale: $17,495
Looking at the WRX's and STi's of today, it's hard to imagine that the humble GC8 Impreza is where it all started. Over the years these classic, rally-inspired, pocket rockets have maintained a cult-like following and values are skyrocketing today on these original versions. This 1993 Impreza WRX is a fine example of the very first year of WRX production, and with a mechanically stock drivetrain and original body, it could very well be your next project to customize to your own desires. Finished in Subaru's Black Pearl (952) the body shows well, with nothing more than a few scuffs and dings present from day-to-day use. Of its 29 years on the road, this compact sedan has seen a replacement of the right front fender, hood, and trunk, and from the looks of things, it was patched up in no time. The exterior is free of modification and shows exactly as when it left the production line, with standard features such as large rally fogs, a low-rise spoiler, and OEM side skirts still clean and intact. Just past the 100k verified and documented mile mark, this one is fresh off a recent service in-house and turn key ready to take home to your garage. For an all-season warrior with garage queen looks, this Japanese Classic WRX is a great investment no matter which way you spin it.
The interior is spacious and a fine example of Subaru's innovation in the early 90s. Upon opening the door, the factory red tiger-striped accented upholstery immediately grabs your attention. This tidy interior clearly looks to have been cared for in a prior life, with no notable rips or tears on the seat fabric or even the door cards. The dash is trimmed in black vinyl and is in good shape overall, with no distinguishable cracks, peeling, or UV damage to note. The driver benefits from a sleek factory Nardi steering wheel, affixed to a tilt-adjustable steering column to help dial in the perfect driving position. The lower dash trim is in good nick, housing a period-correct Carrozzeria head unit which still plays audio crisp and clear throughout the cabin. Positioned above the radio is a fully functional Lamco gauge suite, and most importantly, an easy to operate automatic climate control unit. Cold A/C is on deck when needed, and the piping hot heat is functional, if you need to use this one as a winter warrior. Power windows, power locks, and power mirrors are all operational and make daily duty a bit more comfortable for all pilots and passengers. While the interior appears compact, the rear seats do a fine job at hauling around additional passengers and the trunk serves up plenty of extra space to carry your day to day necessities. Overall, the interior condition is fantastic for the age, and aside from some expected damage to the steering wheel, it should be plenty adequate for any aspiring rally driver. We even have included the factory carpeted mats to preserve your precious carpet underneath!
Under the hood, Subaru's classic WRX formula strikes again. Power is delivered care of a robust turbocharged boxer four, and these early EJ's still share a good amount of parts with later model Subies, making servicing a cinch! The EJ20G engine fires up quickly, care of a new 12v battery, and the motor idles with confidence. A new fuel filter handles any unforeseen future fueling issues, and a new radiator keeps the cooling system in check. A close ratio 5-speed manual gearbox is the perfect pairing for this rally-inspired drivetrain, and the shifter grabs the gears without hesitation. The factory suspension is more than adequate for soaking up road imperfections, and it can also boogie down in those backroad twists and turns as well. The brakes bite hard, and new pads and rotors all around will keep this sedan stopping confidently! Lastly, we've mounted and balanced four new tires. Not only do they keep the road noise down, but they'll deliver plenty of on and off-road grip for tens of thousands of miles to come!
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website