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Impreza Sport Wagon STi 555 V-Limited. Amazingly Well Preserved Example. 

Basic info
Registration date: 1997,
Chassis #: GF8-035217
Kilometers: 88408km
Color: 555 Blue (53G)
OTR Price: £8795
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Detailed description:

The STi 555 V-Limited Sports Wagon the most collectable and also the best of all the now classic 5 door Imprezas. As model only built for the Japanese domestic market, only 555 numbered examples of these Version 3 STi (280 bhp) blue sports wagons were built (There is a plaque showing this to be no 223 / 555). as final production before production ceased in 1998. Impreza Sti's were seriously capable cars that provided more performance than say a Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution. With the classic Impreza having been a car that moved the goal posts so much as far as usable, exciting every day reliable performance were concerned it's no surprise the best examples continue to rise in value now - and will continue to do so.

With so many having been lost to abuse, neglect and rust, truly pristine classic Imprezas are now becoming increasingly sought after by enthusiasts worldwide.  Having owned one of these in 1999 (In Japan) we remember it fondly and so we look out for the best examples. When we finally located this example, we knew we had to have it. Condition of this 555 Sports wagon is the best we can remember having in stock for a very, very long time now!

Although it's a 1997 car, condition is much like new and it should last a very long time provided it's well looked after.

Features of the 555 STi V-Limited include 555 blue (53G) colour code with a V-Limited Emblem (223 / 555) commemorating Subaru's victory at the 1996 WRC. The rear spoilers were larger than those fitted to WRX models. The EJ20 red-top engines were Sti Blue-printed units with stronger internals incl. better camshafts, valve springs and larger turbo (TD05) combined with an 8,000 rpm rev limit (Normal WRX's are 7,000) packing 280+ bhp as standard. Further mechanical improvements from Subaru Technica International include a carbon fibre front strut brace, uprated intercooler, uprated (STi) suspension, 4 piston brakes at front with 2 piston at rear. The exhaust was also larger diameter, these comprise the main mechanical differences between a WRX or UK Impreza Turbo and the Sti 3. Other features include the STi interior (Note seats are in near perfect condition too!), red stitched shift knob and fitted floor mats. This example was also specified with original option Kenwood audio equipment, which still remains. Externally there's a useful set of driving lights in place of the usual plastic covers, which house no lights behind at all.

This Impreza came to us equipped with a set of Prodrive WRC1 wheels (Produced by O.Z. Racing) of size: 17 x 7.0 + 52 (In virtually perfect condition), to which we have fitted with brand new Toyo DRB tyres of size 215/45R17. Blue lightweight racing wheel nuts with locks are also fitted. There is also an HKS intake system, whose filter we renewed whilst completing an oil service. There's a Momo steering wheel fitted also. Finally there's a turbo timer, which allows the engine to stay on after the car's been parked for a user-set time, to allow the turbo to cool after hard use.
This comprises all the modifications to this car. Note that if the new owner would like some, provided they're still available from stock, we should be able to provide a set of original Sti (3-5 model) original alloys with good winter tyres with this car. Although it needs no re-mapping at all for UK and will happily produce 280 bhp as is, we can also supply a rare Apexi Power FC ECU (discontinued for this model) & new boost controller. Ask us for further details or visit www.neweraparts.com

For the sports or young family driver who wants reliable decent capacity load carrying capability without the weight penalty, outstanding 4WD road holding, STi performance and reliability - with the ability to not only be practical, but a lot of fun to drive, this is the wagon to own. Better dynamically than the later heavier and more watered down bug eye WRX wagons, in terms of performance & fun - you'll be hard pressed to find better. Classic Impreza Sti performance - with all the practicality of a normal 5 door wagon. The cross country performance this example offers to genuine driving enthusiasts makes other manufacturer's modern examples with excessive electronic driving aids inferior if you're the sort who likes to drive by yourself, not have electronics do much of it for you. Electronics which - annoyingly go wrong from time to time too. These imprezas were beautifully engineered and remain entirely usable every-day cars, although we would add - this one would benefit in the long term from being well preserved from rust before it begins it's life on the UK's roads. 

Watch this video from Richard Hammond where he compares the classic UK Impreza to the (older than this one) Import Sti model.

Condition: Our full array of pictures will speak for themselves to show the outstanding condition of this Impreza STi 555 Sports wagon.
The body & paintwork have been beautifully kept since new. The entire car is completely rust free. Compare to a UK car or one that's been imported for a long time then see the underside & engine bay pictures of our's!
There are 2 light pin dents on the front o/s wing, one on the drivers' door and 2 tiny ones on the rear o/s door too. We will have these removed in the UK. Also there are a few tiny touch-up paint marks on the body (Well colour matched & therefore virtually invisible). These are, we feel - too small to require putting right, but are mentioned to give a complete report. As a non-smoker's car from new of low mileage the interior is also in excellent condition with no cig burns on seats, nor any significant wear. It's very rare to find an example anywhere near this good nowadays and from our experience in selecting Imprezas over the years whilst hunting out rare ones for our customer orders, we know this is a rare beast.

Test Drive: Mechanically it's also in good condition. Strong power with good response, a nice quiet engine with no noisy valve gear or signs of a hard pushed engine. . We test drove this car for around 60km after warming up - which revealed a very tight feeling car. There are no faults to report at all. This car's been regularly serviced and oil was recently changed (next oil change is not due for another 4,000km/ 2,500 miles).

In conclusion, this is an exceptional classic Impreza STi  555 V-Limited Sports Wagon in stunning condition.
Inclusive of new MOT, Full UK registration, 12 month's comprehensive warranty & a full valet just before collection - Price is: 8,795 OTR.

Currently located in our storage facility in Japan, it's ready to ship to England, or to any other country (Ask about our FOB package if you're not in UK).
A deposit of 1,000 secures this Impreza sports wagon for prompt shipping. Contact us for further details on how to reserve this unique example.

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