Weekly Treasure: 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Spyder

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Examples like this are almost unheard of.

The Mitsubishi 3000GT is one of our favorite performance Japanese sports cars from the 1990s golden era. This batch of Japan-built icons includes the Toyota Supra Mark IV, Mazda RX-7, and the Nissan 300ZX. All were brilliant in their own unique ways and have gone on to become highly prized collectibles. They were also favorites of the aftermarket tuning world. That's not always a bad thing but they were at times, very unfortunately, the victims of unpleasant tuning jobs that completely ruined the cars' character. Lightly modified or, better yet, bone stock examples are what's sought after today. And when one of the latter does come up for sale, it's recommended to move fast. There's always a market for these vehicles.

This 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Spyder is currently up for auction on Cars and Bids with just - wait for it - 13,100 miles on its clock. It's also bone stock. Yes, this is incredibly rare.

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With its Caracas Red exterior and Gray interior, the 3000GT is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 320 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. It also has advanced features (for its time) like four-wheel steering and an electronically-controlled suspension. Yes, Mitsubishi was a very different automaker back then instead of the mostly SUV crossover brand it's become with models like its popular new Outlander. That's not necessarily a bad thing but this 3000GT VR-4 Spyder serves as a reminder of what once was.

Another particularly interesting fact about this specific example is that it was originally bought for the son of the President of the Federated States of Micronesia. The kid was studying at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu at the time.

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It's currently located in nice and dry Southern California. Just 604 examples of the VR-4 Spyder were manufactured in a two-year period beginning in 1995. All in all, this example is fine shape though the seller notes there's a missing center cap on the passenger-side front wheel, some wear and tear on the front seats, and the auto-dimming rearview mirror no longer works. These are problems that can be dealt with. The sale also includes the original owner's manual and a factory spare wheel.

Its current owner bought it seven years ago and only added another 1,500 miles. However, it's still registered in Hawaii and it'll be the next owner's responsibility to take that into account before placing a bid. Speaking of which, the highest bid has already reached $20,250, as of this writing. The auction will conclude on February 17.

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