Following Mitsubishi’s decision to pull out of Europe for good last year, the UK heritage fleet will now be sold and unless its an April fools prank, there are some real beauties to be had along with some private number plates up for auction at the same time.
In total there are 14 cars up for grabs including two of the earliest original UK Mitsubishis ever registered in the UK, an entry-level 1974 Lancer 1400 Colt Lancer and a Colt Galant; the brand’s flagship sports cars of the 80s and 90s, a Mitsubishi Starion Turbo and a Mitsubishi 3000GT; as well as three of its iconic 4X4 vehicles – a Mitsubishi Jeep and a Mk1 and Mk2 Shogun.
Another interesting want for collectors will be the desirable 1983 Mitsubishi Jeep CJ-3B which the company started producing under licence from the Willys Company in the US for sale to the Japanese market. This particular example was built in 1979 and was one of eight imported to the UK by the Colt Car Company.
There’s also an underappreciated Starion thrown into the eclectic sell-off and if 5 spoke Japanese thriller doesn’t get you going nothing will. The Mitsubishi Starion is one of the most significant cars in Mitsubishi’s history and this one’s been meticulously maintained with a complete engine overhaul and a turbo rebuild.
This is a car with dodgy pedal placement, sumptuous black leather and more analogue than York Minster – plus it’s got those things Drew Pritchard hates to like… pop-up headlights, which for the purist, are a thing of the future, not the dithering old past.
Other performance motors include three Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, each representing the pinnacle of their respective generations of Evo, and all with low mileage and maintained to the highest standards. The star of the heritage fleet, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition, is also expected to be the highlight of the auction.
The brand’s rally heritage in the UK is represented by a Mitsubishi Galant GTi rally-replica, a promotional vehicle build in the late 80s to commemorate Pentti Airikkala’s Lombard RAC Rally victory in a Mitsubishi Galant VR4, and the championship-winning Mitsubishi Evo IX which was driving to consecutive British Rally Championships by Guy Wilkes in 2007 and 2008.
We love the 1974 Mitsubishi Colt Galant 2.0… This early example of a MkII Mitsubishi Galant was imported into the UK in the spring of 1974 from Mitsubishi Motors in Japan and was used as Colt Car Company’s first demonstrator for the dealer recruitment programme and is a range-topping 2000 GL version featuring Mitsubishi’s then-new 1,995cc Astron engine with 115hp.
Every vehicle on the heritage fleet will be offered with no reserve and the auction will run for the month of April with a staggered end to each lot throughout the final day, April 30th. The auction is open to everyone and the full catalogue can be viewed from today, March 17, at www.autoauction.co.uk
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