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Earlier this week, the car collector market was abuzz about a rare Subaru 22B STi coupe that was sold at the Bring a Trailer (BAT) auction for US$321,555 or approximately 15million pesos. The last 3 digits of the hammer price is somewhat of a significance to keen and avid rally fans, “555” is a cigarette brand of British American Tobacco (BAT) and is the main sponsor for 555 Subaru World Rally Team. It was a partnership that started in 1993 when a young Colin McRae first appeared with a Subaru Legacy at the Sweden Rally of the same year. Subaru has been dominating the world rally scene since the mid-90s to early 2000s.

These cars are very rare as Subaru built only 400 units of this 22B coupes in 1998 to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary and also winning its 3rd straight manufacturer’s title in the FIA World Rally Championship. The actual unit is numbered 156 of 400, and was imported to the US with a “show and display exemption” letter for the US market and was listed in the auction as lot number 46166. Full details of the car can be found at BaT’s listing (link here) https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1998-subaru-22b/

Here are the specs:

·         Lot #46166

·         Location: Palm Springs, California 92262

·         Chassis: GC8069816

·         40k Kilometers (~25k Miles) Shown

·         Turbocharged 2.2-Liter Flat-Four

·         Five-Speed Manual Transmission

·         Locking Center Differential

·         World Rally Blue Exterior

·         Black and Blue Two-Tone Interior

·         Adjustable Rear Wing

·         Red-Finished STi Brake Calipers

·         Air Conditioning

·         #156 of ~400 Examples For Japanese Market

·         Imported to US in 2020

·         Show or Display Exemption Letter

·         Timing Belt Replaced in 2021

·         Import Documents

·         Private Party Or Dealer: Private Party

The classic car collector market’s appetite for JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) cars has been growing substantially over the years. From classic Toyota Supras, Mazda RX-7’s, Nissan GTR Skylines and Datsun 240Z’s, JDM sports car values are rising steeply. The Supra line was recently revived by Toyota, while Nissan’s GTRs have been getting a lot of attention since the current generation model came out in 2007 and talks about the new Nissan Z and possible revival of the successor of the Mazda RX-7 continues to play, there will be no signs of letting up in the attention and demand for its classic car and more matured siblings. Just last year, another 22B STi was sold for a hammer price (plus auction fees and premium) for “only” US$172,000 at the Silverstone Classic Online Auction.  

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