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Sunday, April 18, 2021

You Can Now Own A Piece Of Subaru History With This Restored 2004 WRC Impreza


If you want to own a piece of Subaru history, here’s your chance. One S10 Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, driven by no less than rally legend Petter Solberg is being auctioned off.

Fully restored and returned to exactly the same specification it was on day one of the 2004 Rally Japan by Prodrive Legends, “PRO-WRC 04008” was the eighth chassis to be built by Prodrive for the 2004 season, and it was initially used by Petter Solberg to claim third place at Rally Turkey in June that year.

On September 5, 2004, Petter Solberg brought home this very S10 Subaru Impreza, World Rally Car ‘555 SRT’, to famously win Rally Japan. It was his 8th and Subaru’s 42nd WRC win. This special S10 led the rally from start to finish, claiming 11 stage wins and finishing more than a minute ahead of Sebastien Loeb.

Acquired privately in 2019, it was sent to Prodrive to be restored by some of the technicians who had worked on the car in period.



Thankfully, the Legends department had retained all of the original documentation, including the specific build schedule for chassis 008 at Rally Japan in 2004. This meant that they were able to precisely recreate the car as it was for that event for Petter, including all his particular suspension settings; preferred seat and pedal box position, and even the correct water bottle mount, replicating every aspect of the car during that event.

This is the only Subaru Impreza restored by Prodrive Legends so far.

For the sale, it will come accompanied by a history file, the all-important FIA Gold Book, and a spare parts package too.

The car will be auctioned off by Silverstone Auctions this May 22. No indicative price has been set yet.

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