A host of classic Mitsus will be sold
Amazing rally car heritage for grabs
Mitsubishi Motors UK is selling off its heritage fleet, and the list of 14 cars and SUVs that are going on the auction block is as cool of a collection as you’ll find, especially if you’re into rally icons. But it’s also a bit of a sad look back at what the brand used to be and what it is now.
The automaker had said it was leaving Europe, and while that decision seems to be being walked back, the sale is still set to continue, including not just cars but actually a number of license plates. In the UK, personalised plates aren’t really a thing, instead, you can buy existing plates that display the message you want your car to send.
The peak of the collection are three Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models including an Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition in red, one of the coolest rally specials of the 1990s, built to commemorate the driver’s four WRC championships. The cars wear a body kit that looks like the competition car and have a special suspension, steering rack, fuel tank baffles, and some other changes to make the 1 of 2,500 cars special.
Other Evos include a 366 hp Evo IX FQ-360 and a 2015 Evolution X FQ-440, both coming from extremely limited runs made for the UK market and the FQ in the name stands for, well, call it “fairly quick” to keep it family-friendly. A Group N Evo IX rally car will be sold, the exact car that wone two British Rally Championships on the trot, along with a 1989 Galant VR-4 rally car, the model that predated the Lancer Evolutions.
Other highlights include some 1970s Mitsubishi Colts, Shogun SUVs, s Starion, the 2017 L200 Desert Warrior built for Tom Ford and Top Gear Magazine, and a 1979 Mitsubishi Jeep CJ-3, an actual Jeep built under license for Willys. There is also a fi
Each of the 14 cars, and the plates that are mostly using the MMC (Mitsubishi Motors Corporation) letters with the exception of a P1 HEV plate that could bring big bucks, will be sold without reserve and will come with a comprehensive pack of images and videos including a short intro film recorded by Fifth Gear TV Presenter Tiff Needell. The auction runs through the month of April.