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Mitsubishi heritage fleet sale sets new record

The sale of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s heritage fleet has concluded with a world-record price achieved for its Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition.

The car, which is one of just 2,500 made worldwide and has covered just 10,000 miles, achieved £100,100 at the auction, beating the previous record of £99,000 achieved in the US in 2017.

Mitsubishi UK listed its entire collection of heritage vehicles for sale in April, following the decision by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to stop selling vehicles in the UK.

In total 15 cars were sold, achieving £479,000.

Close behind was the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS which eventually sold for £68,900, likely to be the third highest-value Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ever sold at auction.

The Lancer Evolution X, number 40 of 40 of the final batch of FQ-440 MR special editions, the last official “Evo” sold in the UK, went under the hammer for £58,100, while the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car – the two-time championship-winner driven by Guy Wilkes and co-driven by Phil Pugh – sold for £61,700.

A Mk1 Colt Lancer 1.4 Standard 2-Door, the first Mitsubishi registered in the UK, sold for £15,000 with its stablemate, the Colt Galant 2000 GLII, selling for £11,600. The equally unique Mitsubishi Galant GLSi rally replica sold for £12,500.

The brand’s iconic supercars, the Mitsubishi Starion and Mitsubishi 3000GT, both in “exceptional” condition, sold for £21,100 and £24,500 respectively, which are also record values for both vehicles in a UK auction.

Also under the hammer was an original Mk1 Shogun, which sold for £16,000, while the even rarer Mitsubishi Jeep J27 attracted a top bid of £20,600. Not so rare but equally as spotless, the Mk2 Shogun V6 SWB sold for a healthy £9,600 while the newest vehicles on the fleet, the 2015 Outlander PHEV and the L200 Desert Warrior, attracted top bids of £16,000 and £30,100 respectively.

A 7/10th working replica of a 1917 Mitsubishi Model A, the first ever vehicle produced by Mitsubishi, sold for £13,700 undoubtedly a world record for 7/10 scale Mitsubishi Model A models.

Mitsubishi Motors in the UK operations director, Paul Bridgen, said “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. 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.”

Alongside the cars, a variety of private number plates were sold at the auction, the four-character plates ending in CCC all performed well, with ‘1 CCC’ topping £24,000 and all nine places (1-9 CCC) topping £121,700 in total. Another coveted registration, P1HEV, attracted a top bid of £4,500.

In total the sale generated £627,100 across 51 lots.

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