Mitsubishi will leave Europe and the UK to set its focus on asian markets, SUVs and EVs. In Britain, they already sold the headquarters of its importer, the Colt Car Company, for £12 million. Now, the japanese marque is selling their cars. On April 1st, 14 vehicles of the Heritage collection will be auctioned through a private company, Auto Acutions. These models tell the story of this brand, from its origins to its racing tradition, with a lot of success all over the world. Let’s take a look at this collection, whose items could be in your hands.
What are the cars Mitsubishi UK will sell?
The collection is made of 14 cars from classic sedans to off roaders, and even racing cars. An important item of the collection is a 1974 Colt Lancer, the first ever UK-spec Mistubishi. It was a compact sedan equipped with a 1.4 liter four cylinder engine. Another historic item is the Colt Galant, a four door sedan from 1974. It’s powered by the very first version of the Astron engine, a 2 liter four cylinder capable of 115 bhp.
The off road collection
Mistubishi is well known for its off road cars, whose capabilities in every condition are undisputed. The heritage colletion also includes some historic off road models, like a 1987 2-door Mk1 Shogun (also known as Pajero outside the UK). A second Shogun, a Mk 2, is also part of the fleet, but it’s a four door wagon version powered by a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated V6. More recent models are also included, like a 2015 Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid. A L200 pick up truck is part of the collection too, and it’s a special one. It’s called “Desert Warrior”, and it features extreme off road wheels, tires and accessories. The Desert Warrior comes from a koint-venture between Mistubishi’s PR division and Top Gear journalist Tom Ford.
Mistubushi UK, the racing collection
Mistubishi is also known for his racing heitage, especially in rallying. The Heritage collection also includes high performance and even racing models. One of these “born for speed” vehicles is a 1992 3000GT, the most technologically advanded sports cope of its time. It featured a four wheel drive system, an electronically-controlled active rear spoiler and a 225 bhp 3 liter V6. The collection also feature special versions of the iconic Lancer Evolution, like a 2000 Tommy Makinen Edition and a 440 hp FQ-440 MR from 2015. A 1989 Galant GTi is included in this fleet. It’s a replica of the VR-4 Group A rally car which won the Wales Rally GB in the same year, with the late Pennti Airikkala at the wheel. An actual rally car is also included, a Group N Lancer Evolution which won the 2006 and 2007 British Rally Championship with english driver Guy Wilks.
For further information, click the link below to visit the official website of the auction company.