Before blue and yellow-liveried Imprezas four-wheel drifted their way into rally history, Subaru competed with the Legacy. The cars were prepared by UK racing shop Prodrive and entered into various World Rally Championship events from 1990 to 1993. And now, .
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Silverstone Auctions will sell "K555 BAT," named for its registration plate, at its race-car sale next month, and it's expected to fetch between $166,00 and $193,000 (£120,000 - £140,000). That's a heck of a lot of money, but you'd easily be the coolest guy at your local rally stage if you showed up with this.
And for all that cash, you get pedigree. This car was raced by Ari Vantenen and Richard Burns back in period, leading the 1993 Acropolis Rally in the hands of the former, before crashing out late in the event. Afterwards, it was reshelled by Prodrive for a new career rallying in Italy.
As Subaru tradition dictates, the Legacy WRC is powered by a turbocharged flat-four that displaces 2.0 liters and makes around 290 hp. This one has a six-speed XTrac manual transmission and, of course, all-wheel drive.
This Legacy has been treated to a total rebuild by Ian Richardson, who worked at Prodrive during the car's development, and it's ready to race.