It was after we posted the recent ‘Fast and Fearless…’ video that got the GRR office reminiscing about the World Rally Championship in the nineties and names like McRae, Makinen, Sainz and Burns.
Great drivers are still taking part, but the great Japanese manufacturers have all gone. This is almost hard to believe when you consider the donation to rallying by the likes of Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota.
They were great days and the rivalry between Subaru and Mitsubishi soon spilled over in to real life. ‘My Evo is quicker than an Impreza’ said the Mitsubishi fan. ‘Perhaps, but only if it’s on a bone-dry surface. Otherwise the Impeza is the better car’ would have come the reply from the Subaru camp. You liked either one or the other; there was no middle ground. However, for this week’s combo I’ve decided to let bygones be bygones and in the interest of honouring two outstanding drivers (as well as possibly making a decent investment) I’ve decided to bring two great rivals together.
‘With some haggling you might acquire the pair for around £13,000. Looking at the prices for good Lancia Delta Integrales nowadays, to do so might be a wise move’
In 1995 Colin McRae won the driver’s championship in his Impreza and Subaru produced just 200 ‘series McRae’ Imprezas to celebrate. The UK-only cars were prepared by Prodrive and were finished in a special ‘Rally Blue’ colour with gold wheels, McRae decals, some special interior trimming including Recaro front seats. This one looks good, hasn’t been messed about with too much and is up for what seems like a very reasonable £3600 ono. Consider that significantly fewer than 200 examples are likely to exist and that begins to look like a bargain.
Occupying the space on the other side of my garage would be this Tommi Makinen Edition Evo 6. Considered by the Evo hardcore to be ‘the one to have’ the Makinen edition was produced after the steely Finn had bagged four WRC driver’s championships. The Evo had more goodies nailed on to it than the McRae Impreza, like a titanium turbo impeller, front upper strut brace, quicker steering rack and lower ride height. Since the car was made three years after the Impreza and featured more special parts it’s little surprise that the asking price for the car you see here is £10,995.
With some haggling you might acquire the pair for around £13,000. Looking at the prices for good Lancia Delta Integrales nowadays, to do so might be a wise move.