22B STi ‘Holy Grail’ of Subarus Up for Sale
It has been owned by a British boxing legend since new and is one of only 16 released in the UK. But what else makes this Subaru Impreza 22B STi so special…
Ask any diehard Subaru fan which is the greatest Impreza of all time, and there’s a very strong chance they’ll say the Subaru Impreza 22B STi – also known as the Holy Grail of Subarus.
The 22B is widely considered to be one of the rarest and most desirable Subarus of all time. Only 424 were ever made and no one knows exactly how many are left, or where they are. When they originally went on sale they were all snapped up in less than 24 hours.
Oh, and we forgot to mention that of the small batch of 22Bs sold, 400 were for the Japanese Domestic Market, 16 were for the UK market, five were for the Aussie market, and three were prototypes
That’s why the fact that one has just come up for auction in the UK is such a big deal: it’s one of only 16 that were officially designated for the country. Furthermore, the one and only owner from new is no less than British boxer Prince Naseem Hamed.
Next month, at Silverstone Auctions, a super-rare 1998 22B STi will go under the hammer and the expected sale price is probably less than you would imagine.
The 22B STi was built to mark Subaru’s 40th anniversary, as well as to celebrate the brand’s third consecutive manufacturer’s championship in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). It’s no wonder then that the 22B is basically a road-legal rally machine.
With a scooped bonnet; rally-spec bumpers; an enormous, adjustable STi rear wing; and flared wings, the 22B is a gorgeous piece of engineering, which is topped off perfectly by a beautiful set of gold BBS wheels.
But good looks aren’t the only thing the 22B boasts. Under the bonnet there’s a unique 2.2-litre EJ22 turbocharged Boxer engine. It’s unique in that it has a closed-deck design and a different block than existing 2.2-litre engines. Its high-performance heads also allowed for better flow and the turbo boosted a lot higher.
Subaru says the 22B had 280-horsepower when it left the factory, but with a 0-60mph time of just four and a half seconds, we wouldn’t be surprised if that figure wasn’t higher in reality.
So if you’ve got a spare £60,000-£70,000 ($85,000-$99,000 US), which is the estimated sale price, why not
splurge invest it on the Holy Grail of Subarus.
Check out the full auction details here.