• This Wild Subaru STI Convertible Has A Ridiculous Price Tag

Gotta love the crazy, and that fact that it is one of four on Earth

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Everyone loves a good custom car - they can make a cloudy day sunny and make babies laugh. However, they are also able to singe the eyes of any who witness a monstrosity if the automobile in question is tragic enough. The latest example to make its rounds on the internet is a 1 of 5 custom Impreza STI convertible now for sale at Patriot Nissan of Salem, New Hampshire.

A Subaru STI Convertible

This Wild Subaru STI Convertible Has A Ridiculous Price Tag
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The roof was replaced with a folding top in 2011 by Newport Specialty Cars in California.

It started life as a normal 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI painted Plasma Blue Pearl, with Carbon Black interior. It was powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that maxed out at 305 horsepower and was mated to a six-speed manual transmission with all-wheel-drive.

The elephant in the room is the convertible top, which was not a special ultra-rare option for sale by Subaru. The top was installed by Newport Specialty Cars in Huntington Beach, California. The Drive reported that only 5 have ever been made, all by Newport Specialty Cars, except the fifth was totaled, making this example just 1 of 4 on Earth.

Turning a Subaru STI into a Convertible

It is strangely reminiscent of the classic TopGear episode when they made a convertible minivan, except this STI is a bit cleaner and put together with more nuts and bolts. Seemingly the job was fairly simple, just cut the metal roof off and replace it with a folding cloth one. The B-pillar was not altered, without it what structural rigidity remains would probably be lost, although we cannot confirm or deny that it feels similar or identical to a standard STI.

This Wild Subaru STI Convertible Has A Ridiculous Price Tag
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It is currently for sale at Patriot Nissan of Salem in New Hampshire.

The job, while drastic, seems incredibly well done especially since the practicality does not seem to be impacted. The original four-seater layout is unchanged since everything folds onto and is sealed away on top of the rear deck lid.

But, that is not the craziest part of this car. That title belongs to the preposterous asking price of $60,000. That price would be a lot for a factory fresh example with hardly any miles on it, let alone one missing the roof and holding over 11,000 miles on the clock. This same car initially went on sale in 2017 for nearly $27,000 and had less than 10,000 miles.

Usually, the underlying common denominator of all great custom cars is that they are so well done and look so clean, that one could be fooled into thinking that they were built in a proper factory run by a legitimate car manufacturer. While we love the uniqueness and how weird it is, we just cannot get behind that price.

Source: Patriot Nissan Of Salem

Josh Conturo
Josh Conturo
Hello, I am the new intern here at TopSpeed! I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and am a senior at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. I got into cars as a kid playing video games like Need for Speed: Underground and going to car shows with my grandfather. Once I got to college I realized I love writing and decided to combine that with my love of cars and began writing for the school newspaper. fast froward a couple years and here we are!  Read full bio
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