Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will soon be withdrawing from the UK. While it is sad news for fans in the UK, they now have a chance to own a piece of Mitsubishi's history. With the company pulling out of the country, there's no longer any need for a heritage fleet. As a result, Mitsubishi Motor's entire UK heritage fleet comprised of 14 vehicles will soon be up for sale via auction.
Some of the oldest vehicles included in Mitsubishi UK's heritage fleet include a 70s Colt Lancer and Colt Galant. What caught our attention between the two is the 1974 Lancer 1400. Apart from being the oldest model on the lot, it is also the first-ever Mitsubishi model registered in the UK. Meanwhile, the Colt Galant is a range-topping 2000 GL version used as the Colt Car Company's first demonstrator for the dealer recruitment program.
A proper Mitsubishi collection wouldn't be complete without the brand's flagship models – the 3000GT/GTO and the Starion. The 3000GT is a 1992 VR-4 model – the pre-facelift model with pop-up headlights and active aero. And yes, it comes with a proper stick shift. Meanwhile, the Starion is possibly one of the cleanest examples on the market today.
Along with Mitsubishi's flagship models, a trio of Lancer Evolutions are also up for grabs. Being part of Mitsubishi UK's collections, they're anything but ordinary. The rarest and likely the most expensive of the bunch is the Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition. The TME also bears car serial number 6 coinciding with the fact that it's an Evo 6. More importantly, it is also signed by the rally legend himself.
The other two are an Evolution IX and an Evolution X – both of which are special FQ models tuned by Ralliart UK. Only 200 units of the Evo IX MR FQ-360 were built, and this one is in near showroom condition. The Evolution X FQ-440 is limited to just 40 examples, with this white unit being the last one built.
If the production model Lancer Evolutions aren't enough, there's also a Group N, rally-winning Evo IX available. Interestingly, it's the only left-hand drive model there. There's also the “Evo Zero” with a 1989 Galant VR-4 rally car in full working condition.
Want a slice of Mitsubishi's off-roaders? The oldest is the CJ-3B Jeep, built under license from Willys Company in the UK. This particular example was built in 1979 and is one of eight officially imported to the UK. There's also a pair of 3-door Shoguns (locally known as the Pajero) going up for sale, a red 1987 model and a blue-silver 2000 model. Meanwhile, the newest of the bunch is a 2017 L200 Desert Warrior edition.
Interestingly, a 7/10th scale replica of a 1917 Type A is also included in the auction. It's a replica because none of the original cars survived, with this example built from original plans. Yes, it's working too fitted with a single-cylinder mower engine.
Interested in any of Mitsubishi UK's heritage collections? You can check it out and even bid through this link. There are also “MMC” license plates listed along with the vehicles. Just remember, these are all right-hand drive examples, so bringing it into the Philippines is nearly impossible.