As Mitsubishi prepares in order to exit the British marketplace, the UK-based heritage navy has been put up for public sale
Mitsubishi is but giving up on the Western market . It’s started only selling a bunch of badge-engineered Renault models on the articles, while here in the UK, we all won’t get anything past autumn. After that point, UNITED KINGDOM importer The Colt Vehicle Company Limited will become a good aftersales care business.
This means there are some loose ends in order to tie up. One of those is the organization HQ in Cirencester, which usually went up for sale last Nov for £12 million, whilst another is the UK history fleet. All 14 vehicles will be going under the digital hammer from 1 Apr via Auto Auction .
Mitsubishi UK rightly took plenty of pride in these cars, therefore it’s sad to see all of them sold. But this also offers enthusiasts with the rare chance to buy some of the best cared-for Mitsis in the world – they’re extremely well maintained and do not see a massive amount of use.
We believe the ones of most interest for you lot will be the Lancer Evolutions road cars. There are 3 of them up for grabs – a good Evo VI Tommi Makinen Release, an Evo IX FQ360 MR plus an Evo X FQ440 MR. We’ve driven the very first two, and can personally verify them being in fantastic problem. We’d have all three, provided the means…
Turning the clock back again a lot further, there’s the 1974 Colt Lancer, the earliest UK spec Mitsubishi actually registered here, and a Colt Galant from the same 12 months. Fans of angular 1980s performance cars will no doubt become lusting after the 1988 Starion while going forward four many years but jumping a lot additional in technical terms is the extremely complicated 3000GT. Yes, all of the active aero bits and pieces nevertheless work.
Want to do some mud-plugging? There are three vehicles that may take your fancy. From 1983 we have the unusual Mitsubishi Jeep, produced under permit from the Willys Company for your Japanese domestic market. Following, there’s a 1987 Mk1 Shogun short wheelbase, and lastly a Mk2 Shogun V-6 from the year 2000.
From the motorsport end of the heritage garage area, there’s a Galant GTI rally replica built being a promotional vehicle following Pentti Airikkala’s RAC rally earn in a Galant VR4, as well as the Group N Evo IX Guy Wilkes used to tug at the 2007 and 08 British Rally Championships.
Lastly, we have the two most recent vehicles to join the fleet — a 2014 Outlander PHEV, and a 2017 L200 ‘Desert Warrior’ built for Top Gear’s Tom Ford.
Which would this be for you?