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Colin McRae’s 22B STi will be put up for auction

The holy grail of Subaru Imprezas will now be made available to the public

The Impreza 22B STi is as close as any ordinary person can get to driving McRae’s rally car. PHOTO FROM SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS

Silverstone Auctions has just announced that it will be auctioning Colin McRae’s Subaru Impreza 22B STi. For those unaware, the 22B STi is a special edition of the boxer-powered sedan made to celebrate Subaru’s rallying success.

You can easily identify the 22B STi through its iconic features: a two-door coupe body style, the World Rally Blue paint, gold 17-inch BBS wheels, and a 2.2-liter flat-four under the hood producing 276hp just like other Japanese sports cars from the same era due to a “gentleman’s agreement” to restrict power.

‘22B’ is actually a reference to the cigarette company that sponsored Subaru. PHOTOS FROM SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS

A total of 399 units were made for Japan, while 25 are reserved for the rest of the world. But the rarest of the rare are the three prototypes made for three special individuals: David Lapworth of Prodrive, the legend himself (McRae), and his co-driver Nicky Grist.

The particular specimen that will be auctioned is in pristine condition, having clocked in only 11,971km on the odometer. This isn’t just right-hand-drive, but is also specced for the Japanese domestic market, making it different from the 16 units sold in the UK.

Only the three 22B STi prototypes have a unit number of 000. PHOTOS FROM SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS

The Impreza 22B STi was originally sold for £40,000 (P2.8 million) back in 1998. But it’s nothing compared to the guide price listed—somewhere between £400,000 to £500,000 (P28 million to P35 million), not including taxes and premiums. But if you still need to calculate the cost, you most likely don’t have a shot at owning such a historic piece of rallying history.

The live auction for McRae’s 22B STi will be held on August 26. If you think you have what it takes, you can head over to the site of Silverstone Auctions to try your luck.

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.