1995 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan
Stock Number: 4758
Rally homologation fever was spreading in Japan around the turn of the decade, and the 1990s ushered in a whole slate of great turbocharged, AWD machinery like the Evo, Pulsar, and GT4. The WRX was largely inspired by Subarus's desire to dominate the World Rally Championship. Our latest and greatest is a '95, with a mere 105K verified miles, is finished is arguably the best color offered at the time; Dark Blue Pearl (416.) The paint looks fantastic and has a really nice pearlescent that really pops when you get it out in the sunlight. While there are always going to be some light scratches and stone chips it's in overall great shape. While it's been kept largely stock aesthetically it is sporting a more aggressive C-West style front bumper. These were designed to run the STi style cover plates or you can go back to the trademark round fogs. The front end looks way more aggressive when you pair it up with the factory side skirts, high rise wing, and the ever menacing hood. The body is in equally good condition barring your typical door ding or two.
The interior on this WRX has stood the test of time and is as comfortable as it is beautiful. The black and gray two-tone seats look awesome contrasting off of the dark blue. The OEM seats are in great shape with no rips or tears, even the typical bolster wear is nowhere to be found. They offer a ton of support while not being so restrictive that you'll lose feeling in your legs on a long road trip. The door panels and carpeting are in just as good condition. There is one spot to note on the top of the driver's side door where it's separated, which is a rather common thing with the GC8. Even the optional Nardi steering wheel and shift knob are in great shape, which is a bit surprising since they're such high wear items. While these were built with rally intentions, that doesn't mean you'd have to do without the basic creature comforts. Power windows, power-folding mirrors, full climate control make it a great daily driver regardless of where you live. The Carrozzeria head unit does the trick for now, but you'll probably want to swap it out at some point for something a bit more US-friendly and current.
The heart of the GC8 is the two-liter, turbocharged, flat-four EJ20G. The potent little boxer starts right up and has a nice, smooth idle. The power delivery is very linear across the rev range and sounds fantastic in the process. While we all know and love that trademark Subaru rumble, it's only been taken up a notch thanks to a Kakimoto high flow exhaust. The exhaust is certainly noticeable but doesn't drone too badly on the highway. While the exhaust is great you can't have a boosted car and not let the turbo be known. A Blitz Super Sound Blow Off Valve and Blitz open filter intake do just the trick. As soon as you lift off the throttle you get that famous chirp. 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. While the factory suspension is plenty capable, Tein coilovers make a world of difference. Aside from getting the car down to a more acceptable level it also cuts down on body roll. With four sticky new tires you shouldn't have any issues finding grip regardless of the road conditions. We go over all the vehicles mechanically, and being a Subaru it naturally had a handful of leaks. We've taken care of all the main items like the valve cover, cam seals, front main seal. While in there we also took care of the other major issue, the timing belt and water pump. With all of that squared away you shouldn't have anything to worry about for quite some time to come. With its iconic good looks, unstoppable drivetrain, and availability of parts the GC8 there's no wonder why these have reached such a legendary status. Now it's time for this pocket rocket Subaru to hit the US roadways and show just how great these cars truly are.
*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.