1995 Subaru WRX
Pending Sale: $15,495
Stock Number: 4765
This 1995 Subaru Impreza WRX GC8 is the first in a long line of Subaru's powerful performance AWD models. Prior to the first official STi being released the JDM WRX was, for all intents and purposes, an STi. The engine used in the early models were essentially the same engine found in the first generation STi's making these early ones exceptionally exciting to drive. The exterior is finished in classic Light Silver Metallic (406) and is in great shape since it only has 82K verified miles. As with anything this age it inevitably has a few stone chips and minor blemishes of the sort, but nothing out of the ordinary. The paint shines nicely regardless of the lighting which is one of the perks of silver cars. The bodywork itself tells much the same story with not much to report other than your usual door ding or two. While pretty much all stock, it does have one trademark Subaru upgrade and those are the gold 16" Speedline wheels. Made iconic by Subaru's heyday in the WRC it's the obvious choice and for good reason.
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 silver metallic bodycolor keeping everything looking uniform. The WRX models received special seats with charcoal inserts and larger bolsters to keep the passengers firmly in place during spirited driving. There is very little wear on the seats and they have no major rips or tears, and due to the darker tones, there are no stains to report either. The dash is also in great condition with no cracks or major sun damage. The carpet is free of any major stains as well and the door panels and in great condition with no rips or other major damage only light wear. The headliner is free of any sags, and the power equipment such as locks, power-folding mirrors, and windows work as they should. Since it didn't come with one from the factory, a mechanical Blitz boost gauge was added atop the dash. Down below the factory Nardi, to the left of the steering column, is an Ultra turbo timer as well for the turbos longevity. While these aren't what we'd call sparsely equipped, it's not as over the top as some of our luxury sedans are. They did have a factory automatic climate control system that works wonders year-round. You do also have the factory one-piece rain guards as well so when you'd rather have a little fresh air you're covered.
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. Of course, since these are fundamentally the same as the ones we got stateside you have a slew of aftermarket options available if you want to go down that route. We've also taken care of all the routine maintenance to ensure that it's turnkey for its next chapter. All of our vehicles get your typical oil and filter change, and like most, fresh rubber on all four corners. We also replaced the front left inner axle boot, the typical leaking valve cover gaskets, and a fresh set of plugs. All of these are pretty standard issues with any 25-year-old car so it comes as no surprise. Based on the overall condition its evident that this car was well taken care of back in Japan. Aside from the obvious aesthetics, the fact the timing belt was done right at 100km (20K miles ago) is always a good indication of how a car was treated back in Japan. Produced for almost three decades, the WRX is still a hit because the formula is the same. Durability, performance, low cost of ownership make this AWD missile a sure-fire Japanese Classic.
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