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The late Richard Burns was born in Reading on 17/01/1971 and became one of Britain's leading rally drivers, securing the World Championship in 2001 and scoring a total of ten world championship victories in his short career. A switch to Subaru machinery driving the WRC Impreza in 1999 meant he was finally in a position to challenge for the title, eventually finishing second, however, the following year he became the first Englishman to lead the WRC with wins in Portugal, Kenya and Argentina, but was beaten to the title by Marcus Gronholm despite winning the final round of the championship, the Rally of Great Britain. In 2001 he finally secured the world crown, despite starting the season poorly with just three points from his first four rounds. Second places in Argentina, Cyprus and Finland, helped move him up the standings but what would become his final WRC victory in New Zealand forced him into real title contention and a third-place on home soil in the Network Q Rally of Great Britain, was enough to secure him the championship.
In 2007, Subaru UK importers IM Group produced a limited-edition Impreza in memory of Richard Burns called the RB320 with the 320 referring to the output in bhp and also the production run. Only available in Obsidian Black Pearl it was an STI with the Prodrive engine tuning package and a bespoke chassis set-up with Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs and a lower ride height. Externally it could be identified by a stainless steel mesh grille, a new front lip spoiler, STI sill plates and the car sat on bespoke 18" alloys in Dark Anthracite.
Fittingly. the first owner of Chassis 171 (N10 GPN) was Robert Reid (Richard Burns co-driver) and our vendor is the car's second owner. It has only covered 1,400 miles and is in a commensurate condition having been cherished as a tribute to the much-missed RB. KT Green the Leeds-based Subaru specialists have carried out the car's only service. With the car is a new spoiler that has been signed by Carlos Sainz, Malcolm Wilson, David Richards, Petter Solberg,Stig Blomqvist, Ove Anderson, Hannu Mikkola, Colin McRae, Robert Reid, Matt Wilson, Chris Atkinson, Bjorn Waldegaard, Michelle Mouton, Marko Martin, Martin Rowe, Mark Higgins, Guy Wilks and Paddy Hopkirk. Also signed by Formula luminaries, Lewis Hamilton, Sir Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, John Surtees, David Coulthard, Damon Hill, Jenson Button and Jochen Mass. Completing the list is Carl Fogarty, Stuart Graham, Lord March, Alex Burns and Andy Green.
Presenting in brand new condition this remarkable Subaru is a must for any enthusiast or collector.