Subaru Impreza P1
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Subaru Impreza P1 – UK-supplied P1 with just three owners and 22,768 miles from new. In outstanding condition and delightfully standard, the lowest mileage example of this JDM ‘Royal Family’ member that we have ever offered.
Built at Subaru’s Fuji Heavy Industries plant in Japan and honed by rally ‘royalty’, Prodrive, the Impreza P1 was always destined to become the hugely desirable modern classic that we rightfully see it as today. Built in a limited run of just 1,000 cars, every one featured the iconic Blue Mica paintwork, Anthracite 17″ OZ racing wheels and a plethora of upgrades and unique features. It’s easy to see why the P1 has gained such a cult following.
Based on the two-door bodyshell, with the aerodynamics enhanced by Peter Stevens of McLaren F1 fame, beefier running gear and a fabulous suspension setup by Prodrive, the P1 has more in common with the legendary Impreza 22B than its larger four-door Impreza WRX contemporaries. Developed with British B-Roads in mind, by the very same company which helped the likes of Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Petter Solberg win World Rally Championships, the ‘Prodrive One’ was intended to counter the wave of ‘grey import’ STI Type Rs coming from Japan.
The upgrades to the P1 were extensive but not intrusive. The list includes a more powerful 280bhp engine (up 69bhp from a standard Impreza Turbo), mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with longer gearing, and ABS brakes meaning the difference between a standard Impreza and a P1 is minimal. Further upgrades include a big-bore exhaust, quick-shift gear linkage, 17″ titanium-finish alloy wheels and a rally-proven suspension set-up. With the sprint from 0-60 taking just 4.66 seconds, the P1 certainly has the bite to match the bark.
This remarkable example has only covered 22,768 miles from new in the hands of its three keepers, and is unmodified, unrestored and very well-specified from new. First registered through Showells Garage Subaru on 7th July 2000 to a Mr G. Drew, this P1 presents exceptionally well both mechanically and cosmetically.
The first owner thankfully ensured that the car had all the factory option boxes ticked including upgraded 18″ Prodrive wheels and Prodrive’s Big Front Brake kit, as well as assigning the Cherished Registration P4 SCC, which has been fitted since brand new, retaining original Showells Subaru dealer number plates, dealer sticker, and dealer tax disc holder.
Mr Drew owned the car for a short stint between July 2000-April 2002 when he sold it to a Mr D Shein who owned it for a 15-year period from April 2002 – April 2017, before selling to our vendor who has kept it as a jewel in his collection of JDM ‘royalty’ due to phenomenal condition, mileage, specification and rarity. The underbody is straight, all original, solid, and has never been welded.
The service records are impeccable, and all stamped in the original service book at the following times:
07/08/2000 – 1,068 miles – Showells Garage Subaru (the supplying dealer)
06/03/2001 – 6,119 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
03/08/2001 – 9,375 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
11/02/2002 – 13,827 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
11/04/2003 – 16,080 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
11/06/2003 – 17,199 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
10/06/2004 – 18,754 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
16/06/2005 – 20,262 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
08/06/2006 – 21,466 miles – Showells Garage Subaru
17/04/2008 – 22,758 miles – Startin of Worcester Subaru
05/05/2023 – 22,758 miles – Timing belt, aux belts, all fluids and filters replaced with a Subaru specialist, mostly OEM Subaru parts used, total cost £2,494.98.
The rest of the history file makes for very pleasant viewing, including all Subaru books, service book, both Subaru keys, and both fobs.
The car was taken off the road in 2008 and put into temperature-controlled storage stored until 2023, despite changing hands and location within that timeframe.
In May 2023, before starting the engine following the extended hibernation, it underwent a major service, including OEM Subaru timing belt and water pump replacement, all fluids and filters replaced, new aux belts, new battery, new brake pads, new exhaust centre section, new fuel pump, fresh fuel, and fired into life on the first attempt. All work was completed by a Subaru specialist using OEM Subaru parts sourced from Roger Clark Motorsport where possible. The total cost of parts, labour, and general recommissioning was a reassuring £2,494.98 and the vehicle has only been driven for around ten miles since start-up, and it drove beautifully, as expected for its low mileage.
In preparation for its appearance at our NEC sale, the wheels have been refurbished and the cosmetic bolts in the engine bay were zinc plated just to add a certain ‘wow’ factor. Additionally it will come with a fresh MOT by the time of sale.
It’s hard to find an Impreza P1 in today’s market, regardless of condition, so to find such a great example, unrestored, unmodified, well-maintained and low miles is not far off mythical status! With soaring prices of Japanese Domestic Market cars, and 22Bs heading well north of £100,000 in recent years, this really smart P1 seems exceptionally good value, and is perfect for any discerning collector, enthusiast or purist.
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