While Rally racing has been popular around the world for years, only in the early 2000s did the USA get it’s first production cars based on Rally-spec vehicles. The WRX was the first glimse at this world of high performance all-wheel drive compact racers. Even though purists were disappointed that we didn’t get the STI, WRXs quickly sold for a premium around the nation. Although not exactly endangered (they still make them after all), the Subaru Impreza WRX is becoming extremely rare to find in a completely stock unmodified way. I had noticed that almost any WRX that comes up on Craigslist looked like it was ruined (by being modified poorly), so I decided to test this theory. Here are the first five Impreza WRX’s for sale in Pittsburgh (that are not the current generation):
As you can see, if you are in the market for a Subaru WRX, it’s very difficult to find one unmodified. Even more remarkable, some of these shown here are even listed for $10,000+! It’s unclear whether the market for modified WRX’s is good or not, but considering half of these cars listed are interested in “trading”, and some pictures have snow in them, I’m thinking it’s not great.
Why are so many WRX’s modified when Subaru’s are not typically a tuner favorite? My theory is that because the “bones” of the car were known to provide great performance, people took what was a respectable but disappointing car performance-wise, and tried to get STI performance out of it.
If you can get your hands on an unmodified WRX, think twice before you paint the hood black, it may be one of the last!