Spotless Mitsubishi Evo 6.5 TME sells for almost $200k
A few months ago, NZ Autocar reported the sale of an assortment of classic Mitsubishis in the UK. The group — which included a series of Lancer Evolutions, a 3000GT, a kitted out Triton, and more — were Mitsubishi’s UK heritage fleet.
The gavel has since dropped on each of the Mitsubishis, revealing some stunning prices and further contributing to the boom in pricing on well maintained Japanese performance car nostalgia.
The biggest seller from the auction was the firm’s former press-duty Tommi Makinen Edition (TME) Lancer Evolution 6.5. It was spotless inside and out, save for a signature on the bonnet from Mr Makinen himself. The odometer reflected this, showing just 16,500km travelled.
The TME Evo, painted in hero-colour red, sold for £100,100, or approximately $193,000. That’s a lot when you consider that it retailed for less than a third of that price when new, but it’s a relative bargain compared to what a similar knick Subaru Impreza STI 22b sells for these days.
Maybe just as curious in the pricing stakes is the heritage fleet 3000GT that also sold. Even with 54,945km on the clock, it sold for an incredible $47,300 — a fairly big number for a car that was once maligned by critics and enthusiasts alike.
Other curious sales included a pair of off-roaders. Mitsubishi UK’s Jeep J27 remake, a lifted wagon that harks back to when Mitsubishi produced Willys-style jeeps under license during World War II, sold for $40,000. A 1987 short wheelbase Pajero sold for $30,800.
It wasn’t all big-dollar sales, though. One of the bargains of the sale was a minty fresh 1974 Mitsubishi Colt Galant.
With over 96,000km on the clock it was relatively low mileage, and inside and out it presented beautifully — down to the doily style seat covers (a relic of it being a Japanese import, Mitsubishi UK said). It ended up selling for just $22,400 — not much at all for what’s become a rather rare little car.