6. Subaru Legacy 2.5GT spec.B
(image via www.netcarshow.com)
Offered from 2006-2009, the spec.B was a rare performance-based Legacy with a turbocharged 2.5-liter, with 241 torque and 243 horsepower. In some ways, it’s the closest US fans have ever seen to a production model Legacy STi. Other upgrades over the Legacy GT included a six-speed manual transmission, DVD-based navigation and a Momo steering wheel. According to the Internets, only around 1,000 were ever produced. Car and Driver tested the $34,620 car in 2006 and felt that it was a little spendy and fell short option-wise when compared to other cars in its price group. Hey, you can’t put a price on rarity.
7. Subaru Sambar
Not exactly rare overseas, the Sambar has been a staple in Japan since 1961. The original Sambar microvan/microtruck was created as an option for Subaru 360 buyers that wanted to carry small loads. The Sambar was first powered by a tiny 356cc two-stroke engine paired with a 3-speed manual transmission and offered in van and pickup truck variations. Today, the 2015 Subaru Sambar is powered by a 3-cylinder, 660cc engine offered in both 2WD and 4WD variants. There are a handful of the old model stateside currently, with more than a few being turned into Volkswagen Bus replicas.
8. Subaru Impreza UK300
As the name suggests, the UK300 had a limited run of only 300 units. According to NorthUrsalia.com, the UK300 was a Prodrive project on the old Bugeye Impreza. A Prodrive Performance Package was added, as well as a couple exterior and interior design enhancements.
Another one for the “kill it with fire” books, the S201 was based around the first generation Impreza with a seriously awful body kit. The spoiler may be the worst in existence. It wasn’t just all show and no go, since it came with a 2.0 liter with 300 horsepower and 260 torque. According to NorthUrsalia.com, the S201 was based around the Electra One concept. No one knows how many are still around, but maybe that just helps us forget about it.
10. 1998 Impreza 22B STI Coupe
No rare Subaru list is complete without the holy grail of Subarus, the 22B. Easily my favorite Subaru ever, the 22B came with a closed-deck 2.2 liter with 278 horsepower. What separates the 22B from the rest of Subaru’s fleet is the incredible widebody kit and the nearly bulletproof engine. Only 424 were ever produced and, as of this writing, I’m only aware of 2 being in the States. The 22B is truly Subaru’s greatest masterpiece.
Bonus: One more, and possibly the rarest “recent” model. (Thanks James for the reminder.)
The Unicorn, the Acadia Green 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
US models of the 2.5RS were produced from 1998 – 2001 and had a production run of 14,033. In 1998, only 1,680 were available. 700 of those 1,680 were in Rally Blue. Those in Acadia Green? Less than 250. That’s why this car is considered the Unicorn among Subaru enthusiast circles.
Honorable mentions or ones I missed:
S202, S203, s204, s206, RB320 (via Joey Navarre on the NASIOC Facebook page.)
Legacy STi S401, close to 300 released. (via EJ207 on the NASIOC page.)
Did I miss a rare Subaru that should be added to the list? Toss it on the comments below.