Mitsubishi UK Is Selling Its Pristine Heritage Car Collection
Mitsubishi Motors UK is getting rid of its entire heritage fleet, selling all 14 models via online auction. The auction is set to run from the April 1 to April 30 with no reserve at Auto Auction UK.
The available vehicles can be broken down into real heritage cars, fast stuff, and a few boring cars.
The most important heritage car is a 1974 Mitsubishi Colt with a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. It's an entry-level model, but what makes it special is that it was the first-ever Mitsubishi registered in the UK. This 47-year-old only has 73,703 miles on the clock, which is around 1,568 miles per year. Other heritage models aren't as special, but every one of them is in mint condition.
There's a 2000 Mitsubishi Shogun MK2 SWB with a 3.0-liter V6 with less than 50,000 miles on the clock, a high-mileage 1987 MK1 Shogun, a pristine 1974 Colt Galant 2.0, and a 1988 Starion with just under 60,000 miles on it. The latter car has been meticulously maintained, but even so, it underwent a full engine and turbo rebuild to ensure it lives up to the original performance claims.
Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the 1983 Jeep CJ-3B, build under license from the USA's Willys Company.
The oldest car is a 1917 Mitsubishi Model A, Japan's first series-production car. Unfortunately, it's a 7/10th scale model and not the real deal.
When it comes to fast stuff, there's plenty available. How about a pristine 24,147-mile example of the 1992 3000GT? This particular example is one of the earlier models with pop-up headlamps, making it the ultimate 90s throwback.
For something a bit more modern, you can get one of the last 7/8/9 generation Lancer Evolutions. There's even a low-mileage Lancer Evo X 440 up for grabs, built to celebrate the brand's 40th anniversary.
As you know, Mitsubishi was also quite famous for building some epic rally cars. They're up for grabs as well. You can go the road-legal route and bid on a 2001 Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition. This example is extra special as it only has 10,253 miles on the clock, and was signed by the maestro himself.
On the less legal side, we find a 1989 Galant rally replica. It was converted into a rally car to promote the sport, and it did so for nearly 96,000 miles. Mitsubishi put it in storage in 2003, retrieved it in 2017, and restored it to road-going condition.
But our favorite is a 2007 Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car that won the British Rally Championship in 2007 and 2008. Yes, folks. You can actually go and bid on a real championship-winning Mitsubishi Evo.
Not all the cars are interesting, however. There's a 2017 modified L200 Desert Warrior up for grabs. The L200 is a Ford Ranger-sized pickup truck, and this example was modified to take on the Namib desert in Namibia.
For some reason, Mitsubishi also included a 2015 Outlander plug-in hybrid in its heritage fleet. It's a standard Glacier Blue model with less than 2,000 miles on the clock. We're guessing it was included to balance the carbon footprint of the museum fleet. Group N rally cars aren't exactly known for being environmentally friendly.