How One Man Converted A Subaru Impreza From A Race Car To A Street Car

A story about a Japanese man and his Subaru normally wouldn’t sound very newsworthy, but one story about the changes a man made to his 1998 Subaru Impreza S5 WRC STI is very notable indeed, making the conversion from a full-on racing option to a street car.

Subaru has done this before, for example, with its 22B. This ranks among the rarest Subarus ever made, and was once a race car that was then made to become a street car. What Tokyo native Junya Matsushita has done, though, is modified a car originally designed for racing into a car for the road, something rare indeed. The car itself, Prodrive chassis no. 31, was only entered in one event: the 1998 Rally of New Zealand, before being retired. Since then, it was used in the rally circuit in Europe and in races under many liveries before getting into its current incarnation.

If you take a look at it, the body still very much has the appearance of a racing car, with a roll cage and a distinct body. However, when you look under the hood, it’s something very different entirely. When Matsushita got the car, it was only an empty shell and some parts, so to make it work, he got an engine and transmission from an Impreza S204. “I built the car thinking about driving on a daily basis. So, it’s very easy to drive,” says Junya. Naturally, he uses it for mountain roads rather than the busy Tokyo roads.

Maybe you don’t have plans like these, but there are still plenty of reasons to pick up a Subaru Impreza of your own. If you’re interested in making the jump, we’re ready to help at Muller Subaru. Servicing the Chicago area, we’ve been around for over 40 years, and you only last that long with a track record of great customer service. Our staff will help you find the model and features that match your needs, work with you to find appropriate financing, and even provide you with parts afterward.

Visit your local Muller Subaru dealership in Highland Park, IL, to check out our extensive inventory of the Subaru Impreza.

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