Mitsubishi's classic sports cars still have a huge fanbase.
Like many automakers, Mitsubishi is focusing on the lucrative SUV and crossover markets, but the Japanese automaker has a rich sports car and rallying heritage. As Mitsubishi prepares to leave the UK market, the automaker has sold its entire UK heritage fleet of historically significant cars ranging from limited-edition Lancer Evos and rare replicas to championship-winning rally cars. As expected, the auction set new records in the UK, generating a total of £627,100 ($872,954) from 1,287 bids across 51 lots.
With a winning bid of £100,100 ($139,341), the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition signed by the legendary rally driver was the most expensive car to sell at the heritage, setting a new UK auction record.
The previous record-setting car was a low-mileage Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX that sold for around £99,000 ($137,809) in 2017.
Following close behind was the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS. One of only 200 examples ever made and the last car built on the seventh, eighth, and ninth-generation Evo platform, it sold for £68,900 ($95,910), likely making it the third most expensive Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sold at a UK auction. The last ever Evo sold in the UK, an Evo X FQ-440 MR limited to 40 examples, sold for £58,100 ($80,874), while the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car driven by two-time champion Guy Wilkes sold for £61,700 ($85,888).
Out of the 51 cars sold, these four Mitsubishi Lancer Evos accounted for 60 percent of the total sales. It wasn't just Lancer Evos that set new records, however: a Mitsubishi Starion and 3000GT sold for £21,100 ($29,383) and £24,500 ($34,121) respectively, setting new UK auction records while showing that Mitsubishi's classic sports cars still have a huge fanbase.
The first Mitsubishi registered in the UK, a Mk1 Colt Lancer 1.4 Standard 2-Door, sold for £15,000 ($20,890), while a unique Mitsubishi Galant GLSi rally replica sold for £12,500 ($17,408). An original first-generation Mitsubishi Shogun sold for £16,000 ($22,283), while a rare Mitsubishi Jeep J27 fetched £20,600 ($28,680).
"These vehicles represent not only a huge part of Mitsubishi's heritage and history in the UK, they are also very special vehicles in their own right," said Mitsubishi UK Operations Director, Paul Bridgen.
"They each have a unique story to tell and they have been cherished and cared for from the day we acquired them. I have overseen the development of some of these vehicles personally so it is difficult to say goodbye to them but the values they have achieved assures me that they will all go to enthusiastic new owners who understand the provenance and importance of these cars and who will cherish them and preserve them for future generations."