My wife bought one of the first STI's (Black) in Colorado, and the first one delivered at the John Elway Subaru dealership in Golden.
In the shade/at night, it just looks Black. But the first time we saw it in
bright sun . . . the gold flecks under the surface are really obvious.
We haven't seen another black 2004 STI yet to know if they all look
that way, but we both agree it looks way cool. Can't say she would have
ordered it that way on purpose, but since that's the way it came, it ain't bad.
She, like Henry Ford, says "you can paint her cars any color you want,
as long as it's black."