Clean, spotless, stunning, & all other words of this ilk are what comes to mind when describing Russell’s 1998 JDM import Subaru Legacy GTB. A Subaru Legacy is a pretty rare car these days on the UK roads & therefore this ‘stanced’ take on the Japanese estate behemoth stands out even more. Named ‘HOSHIKO’, ‘HOSH’ has been a pride & joy of Russell’s since 2008 & it shows. The idea behind the build has never been to stand out in the crowd, but he has managed to do that simply thanks to the attention to detail & subtlety of this project.
Now I don’t want to put a downer on this write up early on, but Russell was going to break it down for parts. The story hasn’t ended as sad as that, but as it is the car has now made the trip to Germany to be with its new owner. Highly unlikely we’ll see the likes of this at UK shows in the future. As Russell said to me “Seeing it leave the country and knowing I won’t see it at the local super market car park was the only way I could part ways with it.” I think any car enthusiast whose put time & effort into a unique build will understand that frame of mind.
So the car has gone, but Russell still kept hold of those stunning one off custom ‘WORKS’ alloys, the most impressive feature in my mind of this build. The wheels themselves really make the car standout. They are WORK Emotion XD9 with custom flip cadbury purple with diamond cut lips. Sizes are 18 x 10 et38 fitted with stretched Falken 452’s 215-40-18 (by our friends at Ruislip Tyres no doubt).
Custom STi 4Pot brake upgrade & zinc dipped multi grooved Performance disc’s & pads sit behind the stunning ‘WORKS’ wheels running -4 degrees of negative camber. All this is framed perfectly by the lowered stance provided by the BC Racing “BR” “Extreme Low” 30 point adjustable damping height & camber top mount coilovers.
This car is no slouch in the corners and thanks to amazing support over the years from Whiteline it has an extremely solid feel to it, a very impressive car in the twisty’s despite its size.
The interior has also seen a lot of custom work in Russell’s ownership. A deep dish alcantara steering wheel mated to a works bell boss and Richbrook white ally gear-nob provide the control needed. Cloth interior was also soon removed & retrimmed with an old school pleated leather in the front and two custom cobra mini buckets and framework fitted to the rear.
The work he has put into the cars overall appearance is outstanding over the years, subtle modifications which bring it all together & give you the result shown. From colour coding bumpers, rolling & flaring the arches and even the cleaning up of the headlamps and the addition of HIDs all come together for the end result.
Its not all aesthetic as the 2ltr 280bhp boxer engine has been allowed to breath thanks to the Apexi Power Intake & lets everyone know its coming thanks to the stainless steel Kakimoto rear box & decat section. To sum it up, the license plate surround says it best & is a worthy nod to the USA based car movement, this Legacy is ‘Simply Clean’.