SUBARU IMPREZA WRC S12BAdvert ID: 43561 To Be Auctioned
SUBARU IMPREZA WRC S12B, A very special WRC Rally Car - Petter Solberg's works Imprezza for most of 2007.
Subaru's 'factory' Impreza S12 B (WRC2007) campaigned in six rounds of the 2007 WRC by Petter Solberg
Accompanied by its FIA Gold Book confirming that ‘PR0GDB06014’ finished 2nd in Rally Portugal and 3rd in Greece
Campaigned in several rounds of the 2008 + 2010 WRC by Mads Ostberg. Finland ‘10 (7th) and Rally GB ‘10 (9th)
Recent engine, gearbox and turbo rebuild by respected marque and model experts
On offer with a large spares package (a full list will be available at the sale)
Poignantly, the last car driven in public by the late, great Colin McRae (2007 Goodwood Festival of Speed)
A real collector’s item - special provenance but still able to be used for what it was originally designed to do
Subaru's first venture on to the world rally stage was at the 1980 Safari Rally with the less than competitive Leone model, and the arduous African event would remain the focus of the firm's rally campaign for those first few years. In 1990, the commencement of what would turn out to be a highly successful partnership with the Prodrive of Banbury enabled Subaru to undertake a full international season for the first time. Despite adequate power from the Legacy 4WD's turbocharged engine, and the presence of Finn Markku Alen in the Prodrive works team, outright victory at international level continued to prove elusive, though Scot Colin McRae's back-to-back RAC Open Championships in 1991 and 1992 hinted at greater things to come. Following the arrival of the new Impreza Turbo model in 1993, Subaru made its long-awaited breakthrough in August of that year when Colin McRae/Derek Ringer in the Prodrive-prepared Impreza 555 won the New Zealand Rally, the marque's first major international success. The following season brought three more World Rally Championship (WRC) victories – two for McRae and one for Carlos Sainz – before Subaru finally achieved its long-sought goal of outright victory in the World Championship in 1995. In a closely fought contest, Subaru team-mates McRae and Sainz won five of the eight rounds between them – the split being three/two to the Spaniard – with the Drivers' Championship eventually decided in the Scot's favour by virtue of his greater consistency. Subaru also claimed the Manufacturers' title, a feat it would repeat in 1996 and again in 1997. Further Drivers' World Championships were secured in 2001, courtesy of the late Richard Burns, and in 2003 when Petter Solberg emerged triumphant. Subaru pulled out of the WRC at the end of the2008 season citing the economic downturn then affecting the automotive industry for their withdrawal.
According to the accompanying Gold Book, the stunning Subaru Impreza WRC S12B (PRO.GDB.06.014) on offer here was campaigned in six rounds of the 2007 WRC driven by the legendary driver, Petter Solberg and some notable results include a worthy second place in Rally Portugal and a hard-fought third in Greece in the talented hands of the Norwegian ace.
The FIA Gold Book also notes entries during the 2008 season in the Rally Acropolis and Rally Finland with the up and coming Mads Ostberg at the wheel. Mad’s continued to campaign this car in two rounds of the 2010 season at Rally Finland (7th) and Wales Rally GB (9th).
In private hands in more recent times, our enthusiastic vendor has owned this very special car for the past four years and he has clearly cherished it under his caring ownership. ‘FT56 SRT’ has enjoyed significant recent expenditure with ex-Prodrive employee and model expert, Graham Sweet, who has rebuilt the engine, Jason Bridge the gearbox, and WRC Spares the turbo returning this important rally car to full health and ready to do what it was designed for. We understand that the car has only covered a few bedding-in miles since.
On a separate, rather more poignant note, this particular Impreza was demonstrated at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2007 by the late, great Colin McRae and, sadly, was to become the last car he ever drove in public.
Offered with a decent spares package (list available upon request), this amazing S12B (#014)continued to be developed during the whole of the 2007 season and with Subaru having decided during 2008 that this was to be their last year and turning off the financial taps, it's fair to assume that #014 is likely to be one of the most technologically advanced Impreza’s ever made.
Driven by some famous names, this car has real provenance and ticks all the boxes as a true collector’s car, either to cherish as part of a collection of WRC cars or better still, apply some graphics, find a crew, and return to the Welsh forests.
The viewing and auction takes place at the Warwick Complex, National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LG
Viewing will take place as follows:
Friday 21st February: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 22nd February: From 9am
The auctions will take place on:
Friday 21st February: 1pm automobilia sale and 2pm competition car sale
Saturday 22nd February: 11am automobilia sale and 2pm competition car sale
19 Dec 2013
Ashorne, Warks, CV35 0AA
Phone: +44 1926 691141