1994 Subaru GC8 Impreza WRX
Pending Sale: $14,495
Stock Number: 4885
This 1994 Subaru Impreza WRX is the perfect example of a rally car for the street. This bantamweight sedan packs a burbling boxer-four, AWD, a proper manual transmission, and still has room for five. These earlier models really do pack a punch, unlike the watered-down versions we got stateside. Our latest offering has a few particularly nice upgrades that you don't come across very often, starting with the fact it only has 71K verified miles. For instance, the Tommy Kaira front bumper is a real rarity. The bumper is very subtle when it comes to the world of aftermarket aero which is what makes it so darn good and it even still utilizes the factory fog lights. The factory Black Mica Pearl (74A) is an understated color choice that you can't go wrong with. We will say that the paint, in general, is a bit subpar for our standards. There are some spots of touchup paint and some clear coat fade all around. The paint isn't peeling or bubbling, but a good paint correction would do it good. On the bright side, the body itself is in good shape, free of any noteworthy dents or dings. Since the paint isn't pristine you won't be as worried to actually drive this one the way it was meant to be, unlike trailer queen paint jobs.
The interior has been kept up just as well kept as the exterior, if not better. The two-tone black and gray seats look fantastic for their age. Typically you'd expect to see some wear from getting in and out over the years but we're luckily free of that. The interior plays well off the Black Mica as the earlier red/black striped seats would be a little excessive. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or significant sun damage. The carpet is free of any noteworthy stains with the same that can be said about the door panels. Mostly everything has been kept stock as far as the interior is concerned, but there are a few nice little touches. The vintage Personal Homologation steering wheel really stands out and is unlike any of the ones we've seen come through before. Even more impressive the wood grain is in phenomenal shape. Since the steering wheel is such a high wear item it's not uncommon for them to come through with a fair bit of clear coat wear or some splitting. A smaller shift knob fits great in the palm of your hand and adds a nice little bit of contrast to the generally dark interior. Tucked below the aftermarket radio, which you'll want to replace with something more US compatible and current, is an HKS EVC for added boost control. All of the power equipment like the power locks, folding mirrors, and windows work as expected. The heat works well for these lingering winter months, but the A/C is hard to test when it's this cold out.
The heart of the WRX is the EJ20G; a small displacement, horizontally-opposed, engine mated to an AWD 5 speed manual transmission. This configuration results in a lower center of gravity and that trademark Subaru rumble that we all know and love. The 2 liter closed deck EJ20G wasn't an option for the US market which is a real shame. The robust boxer motor has immense power delivery all the way through the rev range. The 5-speed manual shifts smoothly and the clutch feels solid when transferring power to the AWD system. A viscous coupling type center differential and viscous limited-slip rear differential were standard features from the factory and part of what made this car such a legend off-road. The steering has a much more direct feel than the first ones we got here stateside, the steering is absolutely on point. The OEM suspension and brakes do some stellar work when you add it all up. Under the hood, you've got another rare piece, the ARC top mount intercooler. Tucked in neatly behind that is an STi strut tower brace to tidy up the suspension a bit further. The real icing on the cake is the HKS Silent HiPower catback which gives the GC8 its tried and true rumble that we all know and love. It should be a crime to leave these with the stock exhaust since it really kills all the sound. As with all of our vehicles it's gone through a full mechanical inspection. This one came in needing only general service like a new set of serpentine belts, shifter bushing, and four new tires. The timing belt was replaced a mere 12K miles ago prior to leaving Japan which is always a good sign of its general upkeep over the years. Boasting some serious pedigree, low miles, and all the right options, our latest GC8 is the definition of a true driver's car.
*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.