A brief history of this limited-edition Subaru

To celebrate winning three World Rally Championship constructors titles between 1995 and 1997, and their 40th anniversary as a company, Subaru introduced the famous "22B" in 1998. 400 units were produced globally, (which apparently sold out in 30 minutes!) and of these just 16 were supplied to the UK market in right-hand drive form, and we have one here.

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The 22B was powered by the E22 engine which was 2212cc and produced 280bhp. All cars were finished in the unique colour of "555" blue and featured the wider, Peter Stevens, designed body carried over from the actual WRC cars. The car features a unique bonnet, front and rear bumpers and a one-off adjustable rear wing. The suspension was provided by Bilstein and the brakes by Brembo, exactly as per the WRC competition cars, with the clutch being upgraded to a twin plate with 'ceramic' disc.

This car, one of only 16 official UK cars, was supplied new to the legendary young boxer Prince Naseem Hamed and he is still the only registered keeper. The headrests feature his unique logo and name. The car has covered just 2,500 miles from new and benefits from a recent full service (including belts) at renowned specialists, Roger Clark Motorsport of Leicestershire, in December 2015. The special number plate featuring 'WRC' is also included in the sale of this Lot.

These cars are obviously extremely rare and infrequently come to market, and consequently offer a blue chip investment opportunity, as well as being fun with a capital 'F' to drive on the road.

Source: Silverstone Auctions

Gallery: Subaru Impreza 22B STi