1993 Subaru Impreza450.000-650.000 EUR - Estimate

Subaru Impreza Prodrive

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Ex-Vatanen, McRae, Burns and Possum Bourne
- One of the most important rally cars built by Prodrive
- One of the oldest works Subaru Prodrive cars still in existence, original 1993 body shell
- Superb condition, true to original Group A spec
- The first Impreza to score points in the World Rally Championship with Ari Vatanen

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as of 10/7/2021

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Car 1993 Subaru Impreza
VIN 93-004 
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Known History

For the 1993 WRC season, the Subaru Legacy proved its abilities with a first win on the 1000 Lakes Rally with Colin McRae. But Subaru was sharpening its weapons for the seasons to come and on the same rally it entered its new Impreza in the dark blue and yellow colours of the 555 cigarette brand, under the aegis of Prodrive and Dave Richards. Entrusted to Vatanen & Berglund, chassis 93-004 achieved an excellent second place, thus becoming the first ever Impreza Prodrive to score points in the World Championship!

It is this very car we are presenting today. After this first achievement, the Impreza - then registered L 555 BAT - was entered by Prodrive for the 1994 season. It competed in three rallies, and Prodrive has provided us with a copy of the team manager's official reports from the period:

- The Rally of Portugal, from 28 February to 5 March. Entrusted to Colin McRae and Derek Ringer, it had to retire following a fire after a power steering pipe ruptured. Driving the team's other Subaru, Carlos Sainz finished fourth.

- The Rally of Indonesia, from 16-19 June. With Richard Burns and Robert Reid as its crew, it was forced to retire due to a mechanical failure. The team's second Subaru, driven by Possum Bourne, came home second.

- The Rally New Zealand, from 28 July to 31 July. Assigned to Richard Burns and Robert Reid, it had to retire after leaving the road, but an identical car driven by Colin McRae won the event, proof of just how competitive the model was. Indeed, the Imprezas entered by Prodrive went on to win three world titles, from 1995 to 1997.

According to a report by workshop manager and head team mechanic with Possum Bourne Motorsport from 1995-2003, Burns' car, chassis 93-004, was then bought by Bourne, repaired and stored in the workshop for two years. In 1996, during the Rally New Zealand, Bourne ran abruptly off the road in another Impreza (bodyshell no. 023). In order to continue the season, it was decided to reuse the Impreza 93-004 and to fit it with the engine from Bourne's car. The repairs were carried out in two weeks and the car sent to Australia to take part in the final rounds of the Australian Rally Championship, which Bourne eventually won. He repeated this feat the next two years, in 1997 and 1998, with the same car. It therefore has a particularly long list of titles. Bourne sadly died in 2003 after a road accident. Ryuichiro Kuze, the former director of Subaru, said of him: "I met Possum for the first time on the East African Safari in 1987. He was part of the Subaru team, along with Ari Vatanen, Per Eklund, Frank Tudo and Patrick Njiru. (...) He was not only an excellent rally driver, but also a very nice man."

Afterwards, the car remained in its period specification and was stored for more than a decade before it was bought by an Australian rally enthusiast, who had seen Bourne drive in period. It then underwent a restoration in 2017/18 respecting as far as possible the car's period components and specification, before taking part in the Adelaide Motorsport Festival Tarmac Rally in 2019. The car's owner even had the chance to entrust it to Alister McRae for a memorable test. A list of the work done and a detailed description of the car's mechanical specification are included in its file, as well as numerous documents attesting to its rich and successful career.

This Group A Impreza is unquestionably one of the most important cars in the series built by Prodrive, not only on account of the first points it notched up in the World Rally Championship with Ari Vatanen, but also thanks to the succession of legendary drivers (McRae, Burns, Bourne) who sat behind its wheel during this remarkable period which saw the revival of rallying and the

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