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Subaru Impreza WRX STI 555 Version II (limited Edition)

Car 12/1995 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 555 Version II (limited Edition)
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Stock ID HJA318

• 12/1995 Subaru Impreza WRX STI 555 Version II (limited Edition)
• 132,000km Genuine (82k miles)
• Only 500 made
• No accident history
• Colour code: 53C (Unique to the 555)
• Worldwide shipping available
• Long- and short-term storage available

HJA bring you another rare gem just in from Japan. This one being the sought after WRX STI 555, If you ask motorsports fans around the world about the one car which would be a synonym for rally racing, Subaru Impreza would surely be among the top 5 answers, if not the number 1 in most cases. There were many legendary cars during the history of rallying, but only a few of them have a link so strong with rallying as the Impreza.

1995 world titles for McRae and Impreza 555
The racing version of Impreza was faced with new FIA regulations for the 1995 season, with more restricted air intakes in an effort to slow the cars down. The answer was the introduction of a new boxer engine with revised camshafts and a different compression ratio. All the major teams were getting around 300 bhp from their 2-liter engines. The cars featured an active four-wheel drive system, incorporating an electronically-controlled front differential.

The season of 1995 was the most successful for Impreza 555, with the manufacturers’ title for Subaru World Rally Team and drivers’ title for Colin McRae. The season was marked by exclusion of Toyota’s team after they were caught using illegal turbo restrictors at Rally Catalunya, but the title fight was still unresolved until the last event. It was all brought down to the British round in which Colin McRae defeated Carlos Sainz and took his only world title.

High demand increased the production
During 1995, the demand for homologations specials (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo and Subaru Impreza WRX STI) was so high that the manufacturers had problems to meet them. The STI plant in Mitaka wasn’t geared for big volume production so it was decided to introduce the STI Version II range, which was built on the Subaru production line at the Yajima plant. The Version II had an official debut in August 1995.

Subaru also introduced the 555 limited edition, with 500 saloons and 100 estates.
The limited 555 edition cars were actually the same as the STI Version II, with the exception of paint colours and a number of minor details. The 555 edition road cars looked like racing Impreza’s and after Subaru World Rally Team and Colin McRae clinched the world titles, that car became one of the most popular road-legal sports cars in the world and it was sold out quickly.

Sourcing limited edition examples like this is like finding a needle in a hay stack. Overall if you are after a truly cherished example to enjoy yourself, to be part of a collection or as an investment look no further.