In the Market for a WRC Stage Winner?

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A 2005 Subaru Impreza S11 once raced by World Rally Champion Petter Solberg is now available for bidding on the Collecting Cars auction platform.

This particular Impreza boasts an extensive racing pedigree, dating back to its debut at the Cyprus Rally in May 2005, where it won its very first stage, driven by Solberg and Phil Mills. That team returned the car to competition in Rally Finland that August, as Solberg won three stages outright along with numerous other top-five finishes, to ultimately place fourth overall.

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The Impreza’s final run with Solberg took place at Rally Australia in November 2005, where it won the first three stages, only dropping to second for three of the next 10 stages. An engine fault caused an unanticipated exit from the rally.

This car won the 2008 Circuit of Ireland National Rally outright in the hands of Sean Devine, as well as several other competitions that year and in 2009, and was also entered in the 2013 Wales Rally GB National 3-day with Melvyn Evans behind the wheel.

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The S11-generation Impreza WRC is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-4 boxer engine, producing around 300bhp, coupled to a six-speed transmission and four-wheel drive. The S11 specification includes lightweight bodywork with flared wheel arches, uprated shock absorbers, and large disc brakes with AP Racing calipers.

The car is equipped with HANS-compatible Atech Extreme Hi-Line racing seats, Schroth safety harnesses, carbon-fiber door panels, and a carbon-fiber center console.

For details, log onto the Collecting Cars web site. Note that the global auction company, headquartered in London, now has a USA office in Los Angeles.