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2007 SUBARU IMPREZA GB270 SPORT WAGON

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This 2007 Subaru Impreza GB270 Sport Wagon is a rare example of the Prodrive-tuned limited edition, and is presented in sound condition. Under the bonnet is the 2.5-litre flat-four boxer engine with the Prodrive Performance Pack, producing 266bhp and 310lb ft of torque, driving all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows 110,389 miles from new.

Produced to mark the end of production for the second generation Impreza, only 400 of the final-edition GB270 cars were created – 300 saloons and 100 wagons – with notable cosmetic and mechanical upgrades.

In addition to the power-enhancing Prodrive engine tuning, they were also fitted with Prodrive lowering springs and a ‘quick shift’ gear change, while wagons such as this example were fitted with special body kit items and interior trim.

First registered on 27 September 2007, this car has six previous owners from new, and was under the care of a Subaru dealership for three years. Its current owner has enjoyed the car for the past year, covering around 400 miles in that time.

As a GB270 edition, this car’s bodywork has been enhanced with a number of distinctive touches from the factory, including a roof top spoiler and waistline rear wing, rear privacy glass, and a black stainless steel mesh front grille. The body presents well, however there are some small dings on the bonnet and small spots of corrosion that appear on the roof and the inside lip of the tailgate, commensurate with the car’s age.

The Urban Grey Metallic paintwork is in fair condition, with some small marks, including stone chips to the front bumper and door mirrors which have been touched in, a small scrape above the passenger-side front fog light, and a scratch beside the passenger-side front door handle. The rear bumper has also been touched in, and the seller has said he would respray this if keeping the car. Overall, the car presents well for its mileage.

This GB270 Sport Wagon still rides on its original 18-inch gloss black wheels which are in reasonable condition; however there are kerb scrapes to the edge of the nearside front rim, and to both rear wheels.

Turning to the interior, GB270-edition cars such as this were fitted with unique branded floor mats and a Momo gear knob, all of which are still in place. This example has also been specified with the GB270-branded Alcantara and leather interior, which is presented in good order. The driver’s seat base is showing some small (3cm) signs of wear and there is a nick in the leather at the top of the rear passenger-side door card, however these are relatively minor flaws.

An aftermarket Alpine double-DIN stereo head unit with satellite navigation functionality and USB and Aux inputs has also been fitted, and the seller notes that there are no known electrical faults or issues with any of the car’s buttons or switches.

This Impreza’s last scheduled maintenance was carried out on 24 September 2018 at 108,866 by G C Stanbury and Son of Dulverton. Previous services were carried out on 15 August 2017 at 103,964 miles, when the oil and filter were changed, and on 4 July 2017 at 97,624 miles. The seller also notes that the cam belt was changed on 2 March 2018 at 105,664 miles.

Other maintenance work carried out during the seller’s ownership includes replacement of a suspension wishbone, 3D wheel alignment, replacement of an anti-roll bar link, repairs to the self-levelling headlight unit and undersealing the car to protect it from oxidisation and weathering.

Its last MOT test was carried out on 18 November 2019 at 110,357 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass, with the only advisory item being worn anti-roll bar bushes on all four corners. Its wheels were fitted with Hankook Ventus tyres in October 2018, which are still in very good condition, with plenty of tread remaining.

Accompanying the car are its owner’s manual and service book, as well as documentation for the Subaru Assistance service, alarm and radio code. A leather document folder is also present, as well a number of past receipts and MOT certificates. The seller is also including the full original tool kit, spare wheel and removable tow bar.

Driving the GB270 at launch, Autocar magazine’s Matt Saunders said: “The WRX remains a fast, grippy, agile and stirring car to drive. Even now, a decade after the Impreza Turbo first screamed into the collective imagination, there are few cars that offer so much any-weather performance for the money”.

This Subaru GB270 is an honest and usable example of the run-out special edition, which is a very rare sight on the road – especially in Sport Wagon guise. A practical five-door estate car with engaging handling and ample power, it straddles the line between everyday driver and weekend performance car perfectly, and will make a great addition to any collection.

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