This is the last known Subaru to fetch big money at a collector car auction. When you think of other Pleiades worth their weight in gold, the legendary 22b STI sold for more than $310,000 at a Bring a Trailer auction in April 1998. And that’s without counting today’s inflation!
But back to the British champion’s car. As Collectingcars describes the lot, it’s ‘an amazing piece of motorsport history that is considered ‘the most original WRC car in the world’. The #11 chassis was purchased directly from the finish line of the 2000 Network Q Rally GB after the late great Richard Burns’ complete victory, thus retaining its originality. It has been in the current private collection for nearly three years, mechanically reintroduced and used in a number of demonstration events to demonstrate its incredible performance”.
This copy of the Subaru Impreza S6 WRC (chassis number 11) competed in three rounds of the 2000 World Rally Championship: the Tour de Cors in September, Rally San Remo in October and Rally Network Q in the UK in November – the latter ending in victory for the crew of Richard Burns and Robert Reed. It was Burns’ ninth career WRC win and his third that year – he also took first places in Portugal and Argentina. The win also marked a hat-trick of two consecutive Rally GB wins for Burns, who won the home race in 1998 with Mitsubishi and 1999 with Subaru.
In 2000 the Briton claimed victory in the championship, but lost it, also due to an accident at the Rally of Finland. As a result, Burns finished the 2000 season in second place, repeating his 1999 result. However, in 2001 he finally won the title, although Peugeot was the clear winner in the Manufacturers’ Category. At the end of 2003 Burns had to leave the WRC due to a brain tumour, which he was diagnosed with. Despite treatment, he died in 2005 at the age of 34.