1994 Subaru WRX GC8

Sold: $14,495

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In the early '90s, the effect World Rally Championship had over vehicle design in Japan was noticeable. Two-liter, all-wheel-drive, rally rockets sold out of showrooms resulting in fierce competition between Nissan, Mitsubishi, and Subaru. This lovely 1994 Subaru Impreza WRX is finished in Light Silver Metallic (406) and is a fantastic example of a quality Japanese import. The paint shines well, the body is straight, and beyond the normal dings and scuffs from normal use, it is in wonderful shape. At only 63K documented miles, this low mileage, fire breathing manual sedan is a killer value currently and is among the most collectible of Japanese classics.

The understated and purposeful interior of the early Imprezas is refreshing compared to the busy, technology-filled cockpits of today. The simple, factory gauge cluster only gives you the important functions and vitals to monitor. Sure there isn't an eight-inch touch screen tablet and backup camera combo sitting in the center of the dash, but who really wants all that anyway? A true enthusiast would prefer a Nardi steering wheel and a proper shift knob instead, giving them the ability to select their own gears. The dash and headliner are in above average condition, and the interior shows signs that it was well taken care of. The seats, for instance, are well-bolstered and devoid of any major damage. The charcoal-colored cloth its dressed up with red accent trim and has some aggressive factory bolstering. The rear bench looks like its hardly been sat on, and the door cards have held up well. The power windows and power-folding mirrors work as they should, adding a bit of modern convenience. The air conditioning blows cold, and the rear occupant benefits from privacy tint that in turn helps to lower interior temperatures. The shift knob does have some accelerated wear, but otherwise, the interior plastics are well hydrated and in good shape.

The cockpit isn't the reason why the WRX was and still is, a sales success. The mechanical design is ingenious, pairing a rumbling boxer four-cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission and AWD. The EJ20G fires up with immediacy and settles into a constant, even idle. A keen ear might notice a tinge more throatiness and volume from the EJ, as a Fujistubo catback serves as this vehicle's only modification. Known for a broad torque profile, the turbocharged mill quickly accelerates up to highway speeds, with very little lag for a car of this vintage. New valve cover gaskets have been installed, and a differential flush has been taken care of as well. The close-ratio transmission slots into every gear, and doesn't grind or groan. Steering inputs are quick and the chassis is responsive to driver commands. The featherweight sedan does well over large and intermediate road imperfections, and the OEM suspension is still sporty. Subaru chose a classic two-tone, five-spoke alloy wheel for this car, that makes ride quality much more civil than many new vehicles equipped with larger rolling stock. Four new tires have been mounted and balanced by one of our trained technicians and a fresh oil and filter service complete this car's routine maintenance needs

Boasting a serious pedigree, low miles, and all the right options, our 1994 is even better to drive. Chuckable handling, tenacious grip, and premium performance make this Impreza WRX an instant Japanese Classic.

*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.

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