1993 Subaru WRX GC8
Rally homologation fever was spreading in Japan around the turn of the decade, and the 1990s eschewed along a whole slate of great turbocharged, AWD machinery. The WRX was largely inspired by the World Rally Championship, and not just to compete, but to win. This 1993 model, with just 112k miles, surprisingly has been left unmodified. Known for it's symmetrical all-wheel drive, communicative platform, and torquey two-liter boxer four the Impreza is an absolute blast to motor around in. The Cardinal Red (936) exterior shows very well, sans a half dollar sized paint chip on the roof. The paint is lustrous otherwise, and the car has been redone in the factory hue, and the body is very straight with no major dents or dings. In addition to the aggressive OEM front bumper and fog lights the WRX models received and aluminum hood with a functional hood scoop for the top mount intercooler. The OEM side skirts and rear lip are also present and in great condition.
The interior is just as well kept as the exterior. Unlike most dark colored cabins available at the time, Subaru accented the interior with splashes of the exterior body color. The WRX models received special seats with red inserts and larger bolsters to keep the passengers firmly in the seats during spirited driving. There is very little wear on the seats and they have no major rips or tears. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or major sun damage. The carpet is free of any major stains as well and the door panels and in great condition with no rips or other major damage only light wear. The headliner is free of any sags, and the power equipment such as locks, mirrors and windows work. The heat works well for the winter months, however, the a/c has been disconnected.
The heart of the WRX is the EJ20; a small displacement, horizontally-opposed, engine mated to a AWD 5 speed manual transmission. This configuration results in lower center of gravity and that trademark Subaru rumble that emits from the exhaust pipe. The engine starts, idles, and accelerates properly through all five speeds of the gear box. The transmission has nice gearing for city and highway use, and for daily use would provide decent fuel economy. The ride quality is supple as the OEM suspension has been complimented with four freshly mounted and balanced tires. They will provide tenacious all season use and tons of grip. The steering has a much more direct feel than the first US legal WRX's, the bug-eye, and is power assisted. New valve cover gaskets have been installed, engine air filter, and a new timing belt and water pump complete the service performed by our trained technicians. This WRX has completed its Virginia state safety inspection, and is a ready to tear us gravel or tarmac here in the USA.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint 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.