1995 Subaru WRX GC8
Available for: $15,995
Stock Number: 4692
The four-wheel-drive, 2.0L turbo wars were in full effect by 1995. Contenders like the Evo, Pulsar, Celica, and WRX all battled it out both on and off the tarmac. The WRX was largely inspired by the World Rally Championship, so much so that the turbo Impreza borrows its name from the series. This 1995 model, with a mere 103K verified miles, surprisingly has been left pretty much all stock and unmolested. Known for its symmetrical all-wheel drive, communicative platform, and signature boxer bark, the early iterations of the GC8 are some of the best of the bunch. Prior to the STi being released the WRX was for all intents and purposes an STi. The closed-deck EJ20 in the early models is essentially the same engine found in the first generation STi's making these early WRX's one of the most exciting stock cars to drive! The Light Silver Metallic (406) exterior shows very well, and overall the body is in above average condition. Of course, there are always going to be a few stone chips and little door dings, but nothing out of the ordinary to report. The exterior also features the factory side skirts, rear spats, and even the stock wheels which hint at the fact this isn't your average USDM Subaru.
The interior on this WRX has stood the test of time being as comfortable as it is beautiful. The black and gray two-tone seats look awesome contrasting off of the Light Silver and look a bit more grown-up than the earlier black and red ones. Overall the stock seats look fantastic, free of your typical stains or degradation. There is one spot to note on the driver's bolster where a small hole has been rubbed from getting in and out over the years (which you can see in the photos.) The simple, factory gauge cluster only gives you the important functions and vitals to monitor. The quality of the plastics is better than even Toyota, which is high praise. The condition of the dash, seats, and door cards exceeds expectations and is in wonderful shape for a 25 year old vehicle. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or notable sun damage which can be a concern. One thing to note is the fact there is a spot for a dash mount (probably GPS) that was left on there to make sure it didn't do any damage when removed. The factory optional Nardi steering wheel and well-bolstered seats hint that this is no standard naturally aspirated Impreza, but otherwise, occupants will find the interior spacious and livable. While the radio has been removed who really needs one when you have that boxer 4 under the factory hood scoop? The power equipment such as locks, folding mirrors, and windows work, and the A/C and heat function well, allowing the Subaru to be comfortably used in any climate.
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 emits from the A'PEXi Megaphone Dunk exhaust. In stock trim these can be a bit quiet, so the A'PEXi is a welcomed addition since it lets the signature boxer rumble shine through. Startups are a snap, as a new 12V battery has been installed to help cope with the upcoming winter. The closed-deck engine idles well and is an absolute blast to drive even with the stock boost levels. Once you get the turbo spooled you're in for a heck of a drive. The 4 cylinder pulls fantastically from about 2,500 to its 7K redline. Shifts through the 5 speed are rewarding and the clutch has no issues with sending the power to all four wheels. 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 suspension and brakes, while OEM, handle bumps well and corners flatly. Comfortable enough for daily use, yet confident enough for when the road gets twisty. Grip comes from four new tires, mounted and balanced, to ensure you've got traction even in the most inclement weather. The AWD drivetrain, coupled with a true 5-speed manual gearbox, makes rowing through the gears a blast, so it's no surprise why these have such a cult following. Between its massively capable chassis and iconic looks, this car really does leave a lasting mark on you.
*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.