H&H Classics claimed a world auction record price for a Subaru at its recent Motor Sport Hall of Fame auction at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in Surrey, England, where the Impreza WRC97 formerly raced by Colin McRae sold for £235,750 ($300,965).
Overall, the auction posted $2.234 million in sales, with several post-block deals pending.
Built in late 1996, the Chassis 001 Subaru was unveiled at a massive news conference and helped McRae post Subaru’s third consecutive manufacturer’s victory in the World Rally Championship. The car later moved from factory to privateer teams and continued to race through the 2007 season in various national events in Europe.
The car subsequently was restored to its 1997-season spec by the Prodrive rally team.
Other featured sales at the auction included a “barn-stored” 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage that brought £247,500 ($315,965), a restored 1956 AC Aceca-Bristol that sold for £135,000 ($172,345) and a 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Series III and a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale, each of which fetched £102,375 ($130,695). Prices include buyer’s fees.
Four of five E-type Jaguars on the docket sold. So did a 1961 Jaguar Mark 2 3.4 that was purchased 46 years later by the son of the car’s former owner.