One of the most sought after Japanese performance cars ever to grace the road is going to be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the May Sale.

What is it?! We hear you crying at us, well, it’s an extremely rare 1998 Subaru 22B STi. How rare it it?? We assume is your follow-up question, only 400 units were ever made and they apparently sold out in just 30 minutes – that’s how rare. It’s not a motor that’s often spotted out and about, as you can imagine, so it’s worth going to the auction even to catch a glimpse of this piece of Impreza history.

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi HR

Set to be auctioned on Friday 20th May at Silverstone race circuit, this particular car has clocked up just 2,500 miles – would you use it do your commute, really? It has only had one registered owner since it was new, legendary boxer Prince Naseem Hamed, as if the car could get any cooler.  As you might expect, the car is in excellent condition and is going to be offered at an estimate of £60,000 to £70,000.

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi interior seats HR

Some special design features have been added to the 22B, making it a particularly unique Impreza. These are features from the Peter Stevens’ designed rally car, which include the fender flared widebody, unique bonnet and the unique 555 Blue paint colour, among others. Once you get past the aesthetics of this model, take a peek under the hood at its 2.2-litre E22 engine, which – thanks to a turbocharger and intercooler – can do the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds. The Flash couldn’t catch this car.

1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi front HR

Standard Subaru features on the 22B include all-wheel-drive, Bilstein suspension and a twin plate upgraded clutch with ceramic discs, giving a smooth signature driving experience that you expect from the brand. To put in a bid for this Subaru Impreza 22B STi, or just take a cheeky look at it, get yourself along to the Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale at the race circuit on 20th May. Happy bidding!

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