Mitsubishi is auctioning its entire UK heritage fleet with no reserve
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Mitsubishi is set to leave the UK in the fall of 2021 after struggling for several years and its losses can be your gain. Before it goes, it will unconditionally auction its fleet of 14 beautifully preserved classic models.
There are 14 classics that need a new home, and the collection has something for everyone. Enthusiasts can bid on a 1974 Lancer 1400, which stands out as the first Mitsubishi ever to be registered in the UK. It was shown at the 1974 edition of the British Motor Show and at the time of writing it offers £ 15,000 (around $ 20,800). Another 47 year old classic is a Colt Galant 2.0 that was imported to the UK in the spring of 1974 and used as a demonstrator for dealer recruitment. It currently sits at £ 5,000 which is roughly $ 7,000.
For something faster, there are several versions of the Lancer Evolution to choose from. One is a 2001 model signed by pilot Tommi Makinen. Another model is a 2015 FQ-440 MR, a limited edition model that consists of 40 samples to send the nameplate off. There is also a 2008 Evo and 2007 model built to Group N rally specifications. It took part in the British Rally Championship in 2007 and 2008. Alternatively, a rally car from Galant can be won.
Coupes are relatively well represented, with a 1988 Starion whose engine was recently overhauled and a 1992 3000GT. However, performance is only part of Mitsubishi's history; Offroading is another, and there are several SUVs to choose from. Mitsubishi sells a short wheelbase Shogun in 1987, which was sold as the Montero in the US, a 2000 Shogun, and an L200 Desert Warrior pickup. Our favorite is a 1983 Jeep J27 which, as the name suggests, was manufactured under license from Willys. It was fully restored in the 2000s.
Mitsubishi also sells a 7/10 replica of the Model A. Eventually it releases numerous personalized signs and parts with a 2015 Outlander, which is painted Glacier Blue and shows approximately 1,800 miles.
Bidding began on April 1, 2021, and each auction ends on April 30, 2021. If you want to wrap up one of Mitsubishi's classics, visit the Auto Auction website to bid and keep your fingers crossed. The collection is in England, but many of the cars are old enough to be imported into America and registered in most states.
Faced with billions in losses, Mitsubishi initially wanted to stop selling cars in all European markets, but changed its mind with the help of sister companies Renault and Nissan. It will instead stay in a handful of countries, where it will sell a pair of Renault badges and built models that haven't been unveiled as of 2023.
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