The Subaru Impreza WRC97 was sold for $300,000. The car driven by the legend of the Colin McRae in the 1997 Rally World Championship was at an auction and the sale price is amazing.
Subaru Impreza WRC97 was the “primary test and development car”
Although it was only Colin’s test car, the Subaru Impreza WRC97 was auctioned for £ 230,625. Almost $ 300,000 at current exchange rates. Of course, the price is not high compared to that of the Ferrari auctions. But the Subaru Impreza WRC97 becomes the most expensive Subaru in the World. The previous record was $194,368.50 at current exchange rates.
The “primary test and development car” for the team
The Subaru Impreza WRC97 has never been “an official Subaru WRC entrant.” But it was the “primary test and development car” for the team. Colin McRae ran a lot of hours on board to test the possible debut of the model at the Monte Carlo Rally in January 1997.
This year is the tenth anniversary of Colin McRae’s death. On September 15, 2007, in Scotland, the 1995 Rally World Champion died with his son in an incident with the helicopter. McRae won and liked, for his disruptive style and his approach to races, always on the very close to the mistake. In 1995, the Title struggle came until the last race, the decisive Rally of Wales. It was there that McRae proved all his character. Suspended in Catalonia Toyota’s Auriol and Kankkunen, the Circle of World Championship contenders clutched at Colin and his team-mate Carlos Sainz.
The 1995 Rally World Title
On the eve of the last day of the Spanish race, Sainz had seven seconds of advantage over Colin, and Richards decided to freeze positions to avoid unnecessary risks. McRae did not accept team orders and pushed to the maximum until he was forced to take a penalty. In Wales, between breakdowns and drills, he still managed to “take revenge” and win the race and the world. He was the youngest to achieve this goal. Watch the Gallery!