For sale: Subaru WRX STI convertible (yes convertible!)
Is this drop-top Subaru WRX STI an inspired conversion or something that was done in a moment of madness?
How many convertible Subaru WRX STIs have you seen? None? That’s not really surprising when you consider that Subaru has never actually produced one. But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, as this for sale advert from the US proves.
“Experience driving perfection in the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX!” begins the advert from Manchester Subaru, a dealership based in New Hampshire.
“With less than 10,000 miles on the odometer, this four-door sedan prioritises comfort, safety and convenience,” it continues. “Subaru made sure to keep road-handling and sportiness at the top of its priority list.”
The obvious detail that it fails to mention, however, is the fact the 2011 Subaru WRX is actually a convertible. Furthermore, according to reports that cite VIN checks, this is actually a full-blown STI model, not just a WRX that’s had a spoiler and wheels added.
Best of all though is that the Subaru isn’t just some cut and shut performed by a bloke in his garage. It’s actually a professional conversion performed by Newport Specialty Cars in Placentia, California, in January 2011, according to a builder plaque attached to the car:
The big question is why? After all, New Hampshire is a state in New England – a region where snow is entirely possible at least six moths of the year.
Nevertheless, it is a Subaru WRX STI convertible, with less than 10,000 miles on the clock, and it could be yours for US$26,967 (AUD$33,932).
So what do you think? Do convertible Subarus have potential or is there a reason why the Japanese giant has never really pursued them?