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Old 08-17-2000, 11:03 AM   #1
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Post MY98-MY00 Impreza RS, Classics????

With the upcoming New Impreza and the relatively low production numbers for MY98 and 99, are our cars destined to become classics? Which color/model year is the rarest? MY98 Red, Green, or otherwise.

If they are classics in 15 years or so. What would be more valuable, a car that was kept stock or are car with mods? History would suggest an all stock car.

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Old 08-17-2000, 11:11 AM   #2
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Hehe...thats why I am keeping all the stock parts.
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Old 08-17-2000, 11:12 AM   #3
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20 years for classic status. Better if stock.

So that means that a 1980 Ford Mustang-II notchback or a 1980 Dodge Omni, or even better, a 1980 Chevy Chevette, if kept stock are classics?

Ewwww....I can't see them being worth much. LOL.
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Old 08-17-2000, 11:13 AM   #4
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These cars are not destin to be classic, they are destin to be driven to their limits, and then some, and after that, some more, please sir may I have another!!!!.

But thats my opinion I think most would agree. right guys? Back me up here.

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[This message has been edited by McDade (edited August 17, 2000).]
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Old 08-17-2000, 11:14 AM   #5

How many people actually have a green RS? That has to be the rarest color.
Old 08-17-2000, 11:40 AM   #6
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If these cars are driven hard and then eventually into the ground, then there won't be very many left...hehe yes let us all drive our cars hard...hehe

*I will take 2 mr. dealer sir*
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Old 08-17-2000, 02:16 PM   #7

I dont think any of our econoboxes are destined to be classic.. Not my Civic, not your Scoobys..

Sad but true..

Old 08-17-2000, 02:29 PM   #8
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The *only* Japanese car to attain offical classic status so far is the '70 (or '71?) Datsun 240Z. There'll be more in the future, but if you think that to be in that class you have to be as innovative as that first Z was, it's a pretty tough measure... I really love my sube, but I doubt it'll make it.

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Old 08-17-2000, 02:31 PM   #9
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What about a 79 or 80 Rx-7? you gotta consider them classics just for the rotary
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Old 08-17-2000, 02:43 PM   #10
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Classics, bah.

They might be desired for a few years to come because of better looks and lighter weight than the new Impreza, but there's nothing special about the 98-00 2.5RS that any other Impreza couldn't be with bolt-on parts.
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Old 08-17-2000, 03:14 PM   #11
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I think you are leaving out a few notables:

The 88-91 CRX Si (a mint cond 89 Barbados Yellow is worth only $1000 less than it sold for new)
The Datsun 510 !

I'm sure there are more..........
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Old 08-17-2000, 06:53 PM   #12
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The Anniversary Miata or any Miata in mint conditions will be classics, Boxster heck all Porsches - classics, BWM Roadsters will be classics, All Ferraris classics, RX-7 TT - classic.... and some more. Our Imprezas.... it's jsut another cookie cutter with extra plastic trappings = gaudy lil cars in about 20 yrs time. Classic are perform and have simple but streamline designs.
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Old 08-17-2000, 07:02 PM   #13
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The 2.5 RS will prolly nver become a classic but the the WRX prolly will. There is somthing special about those models. Then again who the hell thought that the Datsun 510 would have become a collectible?
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Old 08-17-2000, 07:07 PM   #14
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I think they could be somewhat desirable in the years to come. Being into muscle cars, I see what is worth the real money now, and it is all the rare factory optioned cars that performed, or the special factory cars in general (this is a general statement, and I am sure there are some exceptions).
The fact of the matter is a classic is only worth something if people want them. There is a very low production 1977 Olds 442 (I have seen one, and the title to prove it). But it is ugly and no one wants it. Not a classic.
But, our cars are the only AWD car that can hang with some much more expensive cars, and it is the cheapest AWD performance car you can buy as far as I know. This import trend is growing very fast (new 2 seat convertible sport cars are back too), and I think our cars a a very big part of the proof. So, I think about seeing this car again as a classic on motor week someday could happen. And it seems that the cars that are worth the most are stock, but I don't intend to have a car worth something that I am not going to drive, so who really cares. It will be a classic in my mind (my first new car).
Sorry for the long post.

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Old 08-17-2000, 07:08 PM   #15
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I don't know. It's not always about being gorgeous as it is about having a following. If you have a dedicated enough fanbase, ANY car can live on. Classic may be too strong a word, but if there's a demand...

Besides, how else do you explain Neons?
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Old 08-17-2000, 07:53 PM   #16
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Unlikely... unless the 2.5RS goes onto to create some unforseen automotive history. Or Subaru becomes a ultra-popular exotic brand like Ferrari or Porsche.
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Old 08-17-2000, 09:24 PM   #17
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I have a green RS. I know it will probably never be worth anything more than a normal car in 10-20 years but I still am going to keep it. Not just because there are only around 44 green RS Imprezas in the US but because I love this thing. Not possitive on the numbers,have had no confirmation from SOA but have been told that by a couple of people.
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Old 08-17-2000, 11:28 PM   #18
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it will be a classic... heres how I know:
when we are all old men we'll faintly recall our pasts and the car we drove then and well say "now THAAT was a car. I want one of those wacky little bastards..." because in the future germany will have run out of metal and they will only make paper cars. hyundai will be the biggest car company becuase every body buys their cars because they are poor and dont think ahead. and all the real classic will be vaccum packed in jay lenos and jerry seinfelds garages. so the only cars left to be classic would be the impreza and the 1999 1/2 monte carlo "tazmanian devil" special edition with special sport graphics and a chrome tailpipe.
also maybe the caprice classic impala. now THAT is a pimp car, eh?!
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Old 08-18-2000, 04:13 AM   #19
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If by classic you mean someday the Concours d'Elegance (I probably spelled that wrong) will have some gleamingly polished examples which will be gawked over by old rich men, then no. If you mean that in 2030 we'll all have 400HP RS's running rally and road racing, beloved by all who know their greatness, then yes. Think about the Porsche 914: It will never be the featured car at an old rich men's car show, but even to this day some well-prepared 914's kick major butt at auto-x and road racing all across the country.
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