Don’t Expect New WRX STI Type RA to be a Valuable Collector Car
Don’t expect the new 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA performance car to be a valuable collector car in 20 years. A rare and revered 2000 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type RA S201 just sold for 11,800 British Pounds at the Classic Car Auction in there UK. The car was number 28 of 300 examples with just 36,000 miles on the clock. 11,880 British Pounds converts to $15,139 USD in today’s money markets.
RA stands for “Record Attempt” and Subaru will try to set a new lap record for a four-door sedan at the Nurburgring track sometime this summer in a race model WRX STI Type RA NBR Special version. After the record run, Subaru will produce 500 examples of the special 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA and make them available sometime in 2018. Subaru is celebrating 50 years in the U.S., and this model will be an anniversary model.
If you think the new special edition Subaru WRX STI Type RA that will be sold in the U.S. next year will be more valuable in 17 years, think again. While some Subarus like the late great Colin McRae’s legendary Subaru Impreza rally car just sold for big money ($292,903) at auction, it’s not going to happen with the new STI coming next year. McRae’s Subaru Impreza proved to be a wise investment for the owner who sold it last week for 50 percent more than he paid.
So for the 500 performance enthusiasts who do buy the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, don’t stick it in the garage hoping it will increase in value. It’s a car that was meant to be driven and shown off on the street. You’ll only be one of 500 owners who have one, so have fun with it and enjoy the rarity of the car. If you could get your hands on the race model WRX STI Type RA NBR Special that sets a record at the Nurburgring, that one could be an excellent investment. Stay tuned as Subaru attempts to set a new Nurburgring lap record this summer.
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