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DISAPPEARINGA BREED


Almost 20 years have elapsed since the introduction of the Classic Impreza and Rob Marshall considered it valid to speak with the owner of an unmodified Type-RA, who believes that the original model is becoming a classic car in its own right.


T


he raging debate about what constitutes a ‘classic vehicle’ is one that continues to burn unresolved. Even our illustrious Editor believes


that ‘it is only a matter of time’ before a regular Subaru, let alone a mass of important and less important competition examples, exceeds the life cycle expectation of virtually every


mass-produced car and starts the upwards turn. Once the monetary value of an obsolete model has plummeted below a certain level, it becomes uneconomical to maintain or repair and the breaker’s yard beckons. When enough time has passed and only a handful of ‘rarities’ remains, then the classic car fraternity sparks into action and, frequently, values start to escalate.


Take a look around at your next Subaru club meet or performance car show. While highly modified early models survive, it is unlikely that you will see a clean pre-1997 Impreza in its original factory specification. The earliest 2000 Turbos are being recognised already as up-and-coming classic cars and the model is starting to attract column inches within the classic car press.


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