The Subaru Legacy GT-B Twin Turbo BH5 Sport Wagon was introduced for the Japan market only at the end of 1998. As usual, the Japanese kept the best for themselves, with the UK, Europe, etc only getting normally aspirated Legacy Estate models!
The GT-B is an extensively equipped robust & spaceous family car offering legendary Subaru twin-turbo performance. This particular example is extremely rare being equipped with a 5 speed manual gearbox and impressive specification. As a complete package the Legacy GT-B Twin Turbo is unbeatable for performance, value and versatility.
We find these cars are finding welcoming homes for business people who need to carry loads for their work, or people who need space to carry hobby goods on weekends - whilst wanting a car that is capable of covering ground quickly and able to operate in all weather conditions. These Subarus are also capable of covering high mileages reliably, so they're a good choice for many. A better and more reliable choice than European counterparts.
Mechanical Specification includes: 2 litre 16 valve boxer 4 cylinder EJ20 engine with intercooled sequential twin-turbos making 280 bhp as standard, 5 speed manual gearbox mated to permanent 4 wheel drive, with powerful 4 wheel disc brakes and factory fitted Bilstein suspension. These combined help to offer a refined yet sporty ride with class leading load capacity. 0-60 in 5.8 seconds with ability to return 30 mpg when driven normally. Naturally there's ABS as standard too. Considering the capacity of swallowing an entire family of 5, their luggage and the dog with ability to cruise at high speed to say a Ski resort, it only weighs 1,520kg unlaiden, just 90kg more than a 4 door Impreza Sti (GDB Version)! A Juran alloy front strut brace is fitted. Exhaust is a cat back system made of high grade 304 stainless steel, by Fujitsubo.
Interior Specification: Half leather bucket type sports seats with alcantara inserts, electrically adjustable driver's seat, Kenwood 200W with DVD adaptable 7.0 Inch TV, CD/MD/Tape/Radio, UV cut tinted glass with privacy glass for rear windows, auto-retractable net for rear luggage space, additional storage under boot area partition, split folding rear seats, rear luggage area cover, full set of fitted mats, Momo SRS leather trimmed steering wheel, SRS airbag for passenger leather trimmed shift knob, original option boost gauge, climate controlled air conditioning, dual tinted glass sunroofs, electric door mirrors with retract mode, full electric windows & remote controlled central locking, electrically adjustable driver's seat.
Exterior: Full factory fitted body kit (Polyeurethane plastic, so it's flexible and impact resistant), high level rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light, pilarless glass on all doors (Also note the black widows wrap all around the car, only the A pilars are visible), HID (Main Beam) headlights, After market 17" alloy wheels (With near new tyres Bridgestone RE050 sports tyres), factory fitted driving lights, Aero roof rails, sports front grille, gold rear badges with "Bilstein" spec, vented bonnet, Bilstein sports suspension, rear wash wipe. Note the low centre design of the rear bumper for ease of loading. The car is of standard mechanical specification aside from the Blitz exhaust. Note that door edge protectors are fitted. These stop the doors getting chipped, etc. The previous owner was that fastidious!
Test Drive: As with each car we source, this example was picked for it's high quality. It's clear from the general condition, this example's never been driven hard and has always been well looked after. As such it drives without fault and the engine is purrrfectly quiet, no rattles or other signs of wear. Using the first turbo, to bring on boost from low rpm this car feels potent right from the off, then at around 4,500 rpm there's a transition / increase in power as the second turbo is introduced and the exhaust valve opens. Strongest power thereafter all the way to the redline at 7,500 rpm makes for a very quick production car! TEIN sports shocks control roll and damping very well, giving a comfortable, yet high performance ride - whilst giving the car a cooler look. We found absolutely no faults to report / needing repair.
Condition: Auction grade is 4.0 (Copy of auction sheet is available). Front lip spoiler has very minor paint chips and a small crack (Too small to repair). The passenger side front door has a small pin dent. Rest of the bodywork is immaculate - a testimony to the care that's been lavished on this Legacy. Interior is in excellent condition with no faults to report. Note the complete lack of corrosion, or oil leaks on the underside. Engine bay is also in excellent condition, with no rust on bolts, etc. Even the fins on the intercooler show virtually no flattening, further indicating this car's not been driven hard (Subaru intercooler fins will flatten if the car's driven at speed in rain, for example!).
Note that being a 1999 model, this car offers high performance motoring, with low level UK road tax costs for the future as rule changes come in.
This car is currently in Japan and is ready for shipment to UK (Also available to ship anywhere else in the world). UK OTR price inclusive of full preparation as described, 12 months MOT, 6 month's tax and a year's fully comprehensive warranty is £5,795. Alternatively, if you'd like the car as is to complete minor paintwork repairs, MOT & registration yourself (Registration is very easy, we'll tell you how of course) this car's available at just £4,895.
To reserve this car please contact us. A deposit of £1,000 secures.
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