PERFORMANCE CARS HOUSED IN THE UNOFFICIAL SUBARU OF AMERICA, INC. (SOA) “MUSEUM” REFLECT THE COMPANY’S RICH HERITAGE IN MOTORSPORTS.
The limited-production 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi commemorated 40 years of Subaru
vehicles and celebrated Subaru winning the WRC Manufacturers’ Championships in 1995, 1996,
SOA maintains a large storage room that is something like an attic. Important things are put away there until needed. The production, concept, and performance vehicles resting under dustcovers are important for their contributions to Subaru history, so this room feels a lot like a museum.
When their covers are removed, the performance cars cause pulses to quicken and bring back rushes of memory. Numbering among them are Impreza World Rally Championship (WRC) cars from the 1990s, a Bonneville Nationals record-holder, a limited-production Impreza 22B STi Coupe, and the Indy Car World Series Subaru SVX PPG Pace Car.
To many, the most exciting vehicle in the room is the 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi. Except in video games, this two-door homage to Subaru rally success hasn’t been seen by many enthusiasts in the United States. Even so, it has piqued the interest of a generation of gamers by its overwhelming presence in their virtual races. In a country that has little awareness of the WRC, those who have raced within the context of the games are well aware of Subaru, the 22B, and Colin McRae.
As good as the 22B STi is on-screen, however, it’s even more impressive in the real world.
Fuji Heavy Industries and Subaru Tecnica International built the 22B in a cooperative effort to commemorate 40 years of manufacturing Subaru vehicles and celebrate the Subaru World Rally Team winning the WRC Manufacturers’ Championships in 1995, 1996, and 1997.
Production of the 22B was limited. Four hundred were built for Japan and 24 more for the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the world. Three more cars – all numbered 000/400 – went to then Subaru World Rally Team driver and 1995 WRC Driver Champion Colin McRae, co-driver Nicky Grist, and Prodrive principal David Richards. (Prodrive manages the Subaru WRC effort.) Most reports claim that unlucky car number 13/400 was not built, but others say that it’s the one in the SOA attic."
The 22B sold out immediately – in anywhere between 30 minutes to 48 hours of its release, depending on the report.