As Cirencester-based Mitsubishi prepares to become an after-sales only business as Mitsubishi Motors Corporation pulls out of the UK and European car markets, the Mitsubishi Motors auction of its UK Heritage Fleet is entering its final week with world record values expected on its cars.
The first auction ends at 5.00pm on April 30, with staggered ends for each auction after that. Any bid placed in the final two-minutes will extend the auction by a further two-minutes.
Unsurprisingly, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Tommi Makinen Edition is currently (Friday April 23 09:00) the most sought-after car in the auction, with a top bid of £78,000 following a flurry of early bidding. It is expected to reach a world record price when it finally sells, while the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 by HKS is not far behind at £59,000 and could also potentially top the record £99,000 ($138,000) price paid for a Lancer Evolution IX in the US in 2017.
Other cars performing notably well include the Mk1 Shogun, at £14,000, the Mitsubishi Jeep J27 at £12,800, the Mitsubishi Starion at £16,600 and the Mitsubishi 3000GT which has attracted a top bid so far of £22,700. The Championship-winning Lancer Evolution IX rally car is currently £35,600 while the collection of private plates is also performing well with 1 CCC at £10,500 with the subsequent 2-9 CCC plates all achieving between around £4,000 and £5,000.
In total, the auction has totaled more than £400,000 and could top half a million pounds by the end of the auction on April 30. Interested parties can register and bid at www.autoauction.