While Mitsubishi may not be making many headlines these days, that doesn’t change the fact that they have a storied history of producing legendary JDM sports cars like the Starion, 3000GT, and the Lancer Evolution.
Much of that history has had a home in Mitsubishi’s “heritage fleet” which is based in the UK. It was effectively a museum of the JDM brand’s most rare and noteworthy cars.
Well, Mitsubishi decided to put all the cars in their heritage fleet up for auction. While it is a bit of a bummer, this is still a golden opportunity for collectors to get their hands on some real JDM gems.
The auction has been on going for a few days but isn’t set to end until April 30th, 2021.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition
Currently, the car with the highest bid is a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition.
Tommi Makinen won four world rally championships behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer. To commemorate the achievement, Mitsubishi produced a limited edition Lancer Evo VI. Only 2,500 examples were made.
The particular car for sale actually has Makinen’s autograph on the hood. The current high bid for the limited edition Evo VI sits at £78,000 (about $108,000).
Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS
Another rare car on the auction block is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS. Released in 2007, this Lancer Evo IX was the last to use the 4G63 engine.
From there the cars were handed to JDM tuning masters HKS to work their magic. HKS gave the car a titanium turbo compressor wheel, HKS hard pipes, high flow fuel pump, HKS exhaust, and a custom-tuned HKS ECU.
With all of those mods combined, the Lancer Evo IX MR FQ-360 made 366 horsepower and 363 ft-lbs of torque. That’s modest power by today’s standards but in 2007 those numbers were bonkers.
Fun fact: while it was never confirmed by Mitsubishi or HKS, it has been long rumored that the “FQ” in the name stands for “F***ing Quick”.
If you have the cash, this piece of JDM history can be yours. Currently the high bid sits at £59,000 ($81,819).
As far as we can tell, the auction is open to international bidding (but we could be wrong). Since these cars are so rare and notable they might just qualify for a “show and display” registration here in the states, making them street legal. Though, we would recommend doing your research with a professional importer before making that kind of jump.
If you had the cash, which car would you bid on? Let us know in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.