Richard Burns and his co-driver Robert Reid won their first, and only, World rally Championship title in 2001 driving a Prodrive prepared Subaru Impreza. To celebrate their achievement Subaru and Prodrive collaborated to create this special edition model for the U.K. market.
Based on the second generation WRX, the UK 300 boasts performance upgrades such as a Prodrive front lip spoiler and rear high-level spoiler, plus exterior ‘UK300’ badges and a numbered interior plague.
Number 276 retains most of the cosmetic upgrades, although over the years has lost the original specification OZ racing wheels, front footwell mats, and the headlights have been changed to ones that provide a brighter view of the road at night.
The WR Blue Mica metallic paintwork still ‘pops’ in the sunshine and the owner assures us that this unmolested ‘Scooby’ hasn’t been ‘hammered’ and has been great fun to drive during her eight year ownership.
THE HISTORY AND PAPERWORK
First registered in the U.K. on the 6th September 2001
Limited Edition number 276
Up to date V5 noted as a WRX UK 300
Numerous maintenance invoices
A selection of previous MOT’s
Current MOT valid until 13th December 2023
Taxed until the 1st March 2024
2 sets of keys
The accompanying service booklet shows us that this Impreza was purchased new from Subaru dealers, Simpsons of Swindon (now Simpsons Cars). There are twelve regular service stamps from them up to 2012 and then one from Cross Roads Garage, Warwickshire in 2013. Simpsons Cars have also maintained the car for the last three years.
The last MOT, in July 2022, listed some defects to suspension components and brake hoses, all of which have been rectified by Simpsons Cars, along with a service in December 2022, totalling £3,278.60, just 718 miles ago.
Superb interior in original condition
Great dashboard, instrumentation and switchgear
Leather-trimmed Momo steering wheel
Blue Lux Suede seats
Slight ‘brushing’ to front seat bolsters
Excellent door cards, carpets and headlining
Air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors
Original radio/cassette/CD sound system in working order
All electrical equipment is functioning except the digital clock which works intermittently
Clean undamaged boot space with ‘UK 300’ logo on carpeting
Space-saver spare with jacking tools
Original WR Blue Mica Metallic (02C) paintwork
A few stone chips around front wing reflectors and front bumper
Some light scratches on nearside rear passenger door
Replacement headlights in 2020 (working originals included)
The windscreen has a noticeable chip
Clear lights and presentable mirrors, trim and badges
A little flaking paint on front splitter
Some minor bubbling on rear wheel arches (see photos)
The underside has some visible corrosion (see photos and online MOT records)
Non-original 18” gold Rota 6-spoke alloy wheels with some kerb scuffs
Recent Goodyear tyres all round (less than 1,000 miles)
1,994 cc Subaru horizontally opposed “flat-four”
DOHC, 16-valves and Turbocharged
Unconfirmed 245 bhp
5-speed manual transmission
Permanent traction control
PAS rack and pinion steering
Recent replacement suspension components (see photo of invoice)
ABS ventilated disc brakes
Replacement O/S/F brake calliper and recent new hoses
New battery in December 2022
N.B. We are unable to confirm at this time if the car was originally ordered with the optional extra Prodrive Performance Pack upgrades such as a reprogrammed ECU. A Prodrive Certificate is not present, however, the owner has been informed that it is producing around 245 bhp.
The owner tells us that this Scooby “drives like a dream with no starting or running issues” and “holds the road well”. Adding, it “has been a joy to own and often receives compliments”.
Cosmetically, this WRX UK 300 is in good condition on the outside and superb on the inside, and judging by the history, has been kept mechanically on song too.
Fast becoming a ‘cult’ collectors car, this four-door saloon is certainly a practical proposition. With ‘explosive’ performance and that unmistakable exhaust burble on tap, it should also be amazing fun to drive.
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