1997 Impreza WRX

Sold: $6,495

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Stock #5712

***This WRX is in above average structural condition and has previously passed Virginia State Safety Inspection, but the engine has developed a knock in the bottom end and will need replacement. The vehicle runs and drives, but you must bring a trailer to pick up this Impreza or have it shipped

Outside of Subaru enthusiast circles, it may not be common knowledge that the first generation Impreza underwent 6 revisions, with each subsequent example bringing new styling, interior fit and finish, and horsepower to the table. This 1997 GC8 "Version 3" is among some of the most desirable examples legal for import currently and features plenty of choice factory equipment and Subaru's steadfast, rally-proven drivetrain. Finished in Black Mica Pearl (47A) the exterior looks swell with a revised front end. Records from Japan indicate the front fenders and hood were replaced prior to landing here, but that does little to take away from this WRX's dashing good looks. The rest of this rally rocket is accentuated by side skirts, rear bumper spats, OEM rainguards, and of course a tasteful low rise spoiler. A looker from the outside, the exterior is in fantastic nick for the age, save for some typical dents, stone chips, and minor paint fade. It's also resisted any major corrosion typical of these GC8 chassis'. That's not to say this vehicle is perfect and ready to go, as the engine is afflicted with rod knock and will need an immediate bottom end replacement. With all wheel drive on tap and only 85k verified/documented miles on the clock, it's no surprise this Japanese Classic made its way to our facility! 

The cabin is well appointed for a road going rally car, and it's clear the previous owner cared for this one in a prior life. The seats are trimmed in a durable black sport cloth with white accents. Aside from a hole on the driver's seat bolster and a chewed up Nardi steering wheel, the remaining defects are to a minimum, and the increased bolstering throughout does a swell job at holding you steady throughout back road twists and turns. The dash is trimmed in a soft touch black vinyl and shows no imperfections to note. The lower dash trim is in good nick as well, housing a fully functional automatic climate control system with Cold A/C at the ready. The factory audio has unfortunately given up the ghost, but we'd say it was due for an upgrade anyways. Power windows, door locks, and even power folding mirrors are fully operational and make the daily driving experience a bit easier for any aspiring day-to-day rally drivers. The rear bench can fit three additional passengers with ease, and the trunk offers plenty of space for a bit of additional cargo. The door cards and headliner are in good shape as well, and aside from some significant cracking on the steering wheel the cabin should be in satisfactory condition for the next driver. We've even retained the OEM carpeted floor mats and owner's manual, great items to preserve the history of this classic Subaru sedan!

Under the hood, the EJ20K engine is a beast when tuned up correctly, and Subaru's legendary interchangeability means this one is only a hop skip and jump away from getting back on the road! An aftermarket exhaust is at the ready for her first new startup, and we must say the signature Subaru rumble never gets old. Shifts through the close-ratio 5 speed gearbox are smooth and direct, thanks to a new clutch, and a replacement of the passenger rear axle seal shores up the drivetrain against any unwanted leaks. We've even installed new pads and rotors on all four corners to ensure this WRX stops on a dime, every time. The factory gold alloys are in fair shape, and the tires are usable as rollers although we'd recommend some fresh rubber to prolong the life of this vehicle. Rally it, flip it, or build it for show, this GC8 is a killer bargain!

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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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