1993 Subaru WRX GC8
The GC8 Impreza WRX definitely put Subaru on the map, and the WRX proved that you didn't have to sacrifice practicality for fun. This Rally-inspired Impreza gives you an exceptional driving experience behind the wheel of this lightweight, potent turbocharged chassis. This 1993 Subaru WRX Impreza benefits from several upgrades and is finished in Quick Silver Metallic (262). Aside from a few minor blemishes, the body is in good shape for its age. The subtle OEM side skirts and rear spats, upsized Work Fibra wheels, and large OEM hood scoop allude to this model's rally-inspired roots and serious demeanor on the tarmac. Additionally, the rear wing has been removed for an even more stealth look. Notable repairs in Japan include new OEM Subaru left and right fenders and new OEM Subaru left rear door. If you are looking for a 4 door sedan that can do everything from grabbing some groceries to carving up some backroads, this GC8 is a top-tier contender. Recently serviced and legally imported this Japanese Classic is collectible, fun, and easy to own!
The cabin of this WRX Impreza has been cared for and it shows. The door cards and headliner are finished in a grey and black cloth and are in tip-top shape with the OEM floor mats included. You will notice the driver seat has been upgraded to a reclinable Recaro, keeping the driver firmly supported during spirited driving. The Recaro seat does show some bolster wear from exiting the cabin over the years, and the OEM passenger seat is in good condition with no major wear as are the rear seats. A MOMO Race steering and MOMO aluminum shift knob have been upgraded from OEM to give the driver better grip and control. Functional power windows with factory one-piece rain guards are a nice touch that allows for some extra ventilation on bad weather days. The power mirror adjustments are all operable with the controls inside the cabin. The dash is in good condition but does have an imperfection from something being mounted to it in the past. We also wanted to note two small cuts in the driver's front door card and some slight carpet damage behind the driver's seat. Other than that the door cards look great as does the headliner. The audio was upgraded in Japan to a Clarion double-din as a head unit and although it's all in Japanese, the system appears to function as it should. We also wanted to note a Pivot ACS controller is present in the vehicle but is no longer functional. The tasteful interior modifications really make this interior stand out from the rest. The gauge cluster was replaced at some point in Japan, and as such the vehicle is being sold with unknown and unverified miles.
Subaru's boxer-designed 2.0L turbo engine is no slouch whatsoever. This Japanese version of the WRX came equipped with an EJ20G closed deck block which was not available here in the US. The robust boxer rumble is amplified through the aftermarket catback exhaust system that frees up a few ponies. Under the hood, you will find an HKS mushroom air intake to help this EJ20 breathe. The engine starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery that should last for another 4 years. Fresh off an oil and filter service the little four-banger won't require any scheduled attention for another 5,000 km. Acceleration is impressive and it's a blast to row through the gears. The five-speed manual shifts as it should and is geared perfectly for the higher cruising speeds of our American interstates. In Japan, the suspension was upgraded to KYB SR Special shocks with lowering springs and the ride quality isn't half bad for its age. The brakes are confident and the power steering is communicative and delivers better feedback than the American version. A new left front tie rod and fresh alignment ensure this WRX drives straight as an arrow. The 17" Work Fibra wheels are all wrapped in new all-season tires at all four corners. They quiet down the ride immeasurably and will provide tons of premium 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 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.