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Buy these two rally legends for the price of a new Civic Type R

Would an Evo VI Tommi Makinen and Impreza P1 be the ultimate two-car garage?

Published: 18 Jul 2019

The current Honda Civic Type R is a fantastic car – we love it here at TG. However, a recent browse through the classifieds has left us pretty lost for words. That’s because, if auction estimates are to be believed, you could buy both of the cars you see in the images above for the same price as a new Type R.

With their mighty 2.0-litre engines and clever 4WD systems, both the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen and the Subaru Impreza P1 were born in the world of rallying, and barely toned down for the road.

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Let’s start with the Makinen, which has to be one of the coolest special editions ever produced - celebrating Tommi’s four WRC titles. The white indicators on this car tell us that it’s a Japanese import (UK cars came with orange only) but thankfully it’s in that iconic Passion Red with all the necessary decals. It was brought over in 2017 and currently has just over 56,000 miles on the clock – really not that many given that it’s now 19 years old. The estimate? Between £15,000 - £20,000.

You’d be getting a whole lot of car for the money too. Mitsubishi’s conservative estimates of 276bhp and 275lb ft of torque mean it’s got plenty of shunt, and this really is useable performance - check out what happened when we drove one amongst a bunch of other Gran Turismo greats by clicking these blue words.

The Scooby P1 is just as special. Built only as a coupe, the P1 was developed by Subaru’s rally partners Prodrive. To keep pace with the Evo, there’s 280bhp and 260lb ft of torque, as well as specially tuned suspension for British B-roads.

It’s also perhaps the best looking Impreza there has ever been.

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Plus, it’s rare – only 1,000 examples were ever made, and when new they retailed for £31,000. This one has done just over 44,000 miles and has an estimate of between £16,000 and £20,000.

So, if the rest of the Classic Car Auctions room is sleeping on the day, there’s a chance you could pick up both for just £31,000. And that might just be the bargain of the century.

Images: Classic Car Auctions

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