The Mitsubishi Motors Heritage auction recently concluded and unsurprisingly, one of the company’s most prized possession fetched the highest bid.
A Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition from the company’s heritage fleet fetched the final bid of £100,100 (approx. RM583,720) – making it the most expensive Lancer Evolution ever.
The low-mileage car even comes with the autograph of 4-time World Rally Champion Tommi Mäkinen, whose wins were all in the Lancer Evolution.
The new world record for the most expensive Lancer Evolution sold at an auction beats the previous record of £99,000 (approx. RM577,144) for a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX in the US.
The Lancer Evolution was one of 15 vehicles from the heritage fleet sold at the auction. Here are the final bids of the other Lancer Evolutions:
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS – £68,900
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car – £61,700
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR (No.40 of 40) – £58,100
The four Lancer Evolutions contributed 60% of the total amount generated from the auction. With a total of £479,500 from the sale of the 15 heritage vehicles, the Tommi Mäkinen Edition alone contributed 1/5 to the final amount.
These are rest of the heritage fleet and their final bids:
Mitsubishi L200 Desert Warrior – £30,100
Mitsubishi 3000GT – £24,500
Mitsubishi Jeep J27 – £20,600
Mitsubishi Starion – £21,100
Mitsubishi Shogun Mk1 – £16,000
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (2015) – £16,000
Mitsubishi Colt Lancer 1.4 Mk1 2-Door (The first Mitsubishi registered in the UK) – £15,000
1917 Model A (replica of first-ever vehicle made by Mitsubishi) – £13,700
Mitsubishi Galant GLSi rally replica – £12,500
Mitsubishi Colt Galant 2000 GLII – £11,600
Mk2 Shogun V6 SWB £9,600
Mitsubishi Motors UK, Operations Director, Paul Bridgen said, “These vehicles 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,” he added.