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Subaru Impreza WRX STI

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Subaru Impreza WRX STI
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Looking for a classic with a difference – then why not consider a gem from Japan suggests Chris Rees?

Japanese cars, for so long neglected by the classic car movement, now have a huge following. That charge has been led by the hard-to-ignore Mazda MX-5, which single-handedly reinvented the two-seater roadster. But so pervasive is the MX-5’s influence that Mr Editor has instructed me not to talk about it. Which is good because there are so many fantastic Japanese classics out there.

From 1970’s retro rides to 21st century performance icons, Japan’s rich car culture has produced an impressive spread of machinery to choose from. The fact that so many of these are ‘under the radar’ in the car market means there are some bargains out there. But our prediction is that values will soon rise for many Japs. Why? Because they’re undervalued and because owners love the fact that they’re more reliable than other classics. So here’s our choice of cars that you can buy at bargain prices, enjoy and, very probably, see increase in value over time. There, I didn’t mention the MX-5 at all. Er, doh!


PRODUCTION: 2000-2007
VALUES: £5000-£20,000

Ho hum, the Impreza. So yesterday, so council estate tattooed ape. Wrong! Fuelled (literally) by cheaper and cheaper unleaded, turbocharged Imprezas have seen a significant uplift in prices recently. That’s especially true of the second-generation ‘GD’ STi, which is a cracker of a car – probably the best Impreza of the lot, in fact, with its still-brilliant boxer turbo engine and scarcely believable wet or dry grip. Controversially launched with round headlamps that earned it the nickname ‘bugeye’, the earliest STis can be bought from just £5k. If you can’t stomach their looks, the 2002 facelift is more palatable and not much more expensive; the 2005 ‘Hawkeye’ is the best looking of the lot, but starts at around £9k. Find a rare JDM model like a Spec.C or S204 and it’ll be a sure-fire future classic. Also on our radar is the contemporary SUV Subaru Forester STi – ideal for farmers in a real rush – and the post-2007 Impreza STi hatch which is now looking a steal at £12k-£18k.

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