Mitsubishi Motors in the UK netted more than £625,000 with the auction of its heritage fleet and cherished plates, it has been revealed.
The 51 lots went under the hammer in an online auction during April, with the sale finishing on April 30 and attracting 1,287 bids in all.
As previously reported by Car Dealer, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition fetched £100,100 as the most-sought-after car in the auction.
It was a record hammer price for a Lancer Evolution, which was previously some £99,000 in the US in 2017 for a delivery-mileage Evo IX.
A Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360, which sold for £68,900, is likely to be the third-highest-value Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution ever sold at auction.
A Lancer Evolution X, number 40 of 40 of the final batch of FQ-440 MR special editions, which was the last official ‘Evo’ sold in the UK, went for £58,100.
Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Group N Works Rally Car – the twice-championship-winner driven by Guy Wilkes and co-driven by Phil Pugh – sold for £61,700.
In all, the auction generated £627,100. Mitsubishi had earlier said that it was expecting to raise more than half a million pounds.
Also among the prize items was the first Mitsubishi registered in the UK – the Mk1 Colt Lancer 1.4 Standard 2-Door, pictured at top – which sold for £15,000.
Other vehicles and the amounts they achieved were as follows:
- Original Mk1 Mitsubishi Shogun – £16,000
- Mitsubishi Jeep J27 – £20,600
- Mk2 Shogun V6 SWB – £9,600
- 2015 Outlander PHEV – £16,000
- L200 Desert Warrior – £30,100
- Mitsubishi Starion – £21,100
- Mitsubishi 3000GT – £24,500
Among the private number plates that were sold, 1 CCC topped £24,000. The nine plates 1-9 CCC topped £121,700 in all. Meanwhile, P1HEV attracted a top bid of £4,500.
A 7/10th-scale working replica of a 1917 Mitsubishi Model A – the first vehicle produced by Mitsubishi – sold for £13,700, which is believed to be a world record sum for a 7/10-scale Mitsubishi Model A model.
The fleet and plates were put up for auction by Mitsubishi’s UK division because the manufacturer is halting sales of its models here later this year.
MMUK operations director Paul Bridgen said: ‘These vehicles represent not only a huge part of Mitsubishi’s heritage and history in the UK, they are also very special vehicles in their own right.
‘They 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 and preserve them for future generations.’