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Old 17 Nov 2009, 03:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help needed identifying a car

This is my first post on the forum, go easy on me!
I'm living in Thailand and trying to buy a classic GC8 STI.
Things here are seldom as they would seem, Prodrive set up their race-tuning division here specifically to build Motorimage rally cars, and as a result, the Subaru dealer actually encourages buyers to buy a WRX & take it to Prodrive to modify - they still extend the dealer warranty to cover this work.
Problem is every car is personalized to the buyer.
I have found what I think is a genuine 1996 WRX STi RA V-limited (474 of 555) which I will go to see tomorrow.
My question is, what were the spec. changes on that limited edition range? What should I look for (apart from the vin#) to see if it is what he claims, and what else has he done to it later?

Thanks for any help you can give.
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Old 17 Nov 2009, 08:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Help needed identifying a car

Found this info on the 1996 WRX STi RA V-limited.

Look out for:

Colin McRae' and 'Derek Ringer' stitched into STi seats
unique paint code saltire blue, colour code 53C
Closed Deck Block
Short Ratio gearbox
Rear LSD
Fifth fuel injector on the inlet manifold
Rally style roof vent
Intercooler water spray
No rear wash wipe
No electric mirrors
No electric Arial
No electric windows
No rear corner spats
Alloy lower arms
Alloy bonnet
FIA "World Rally Manufacturer's Champions Subaru 1995" badge on left hand side of bootlid
Unique special edition number.

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Old 17 Nov 2009, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick answers Pete.
It should be an amusing day tomorrow - about 5 real possibilities out of 15 cars to see.
I'll post some pics if I can find anything worth buying!
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