Mäkinen Mitsubishi Evo breaks world record at auction


Sought after special edition Lancer Evolution VI headlines Mitsubishi’s factory UK sale

Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition

Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition sold for over £100,000 – a new world record for an Evo model


An online auction held by Mitsubishi Motors UK recently made history as a factory fresh Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Mäkinen Edition crossed the block for over £100,000, establishing a new world record sum for an Evo model.

The Japanese firm used the auction to clear space within its Heritage fleet ahead of the brand winding up its UK operations this autumn in the face of falling new car sales. The auction featured 15 pristine, rare or notable models, together with memorabilia, models and number plates.

The event attracted a total of 2000 registrations and 1287 bids. In total, the 51 lots raised £627,100.

Undoubtedly the star was the Mäkinen Evo, which eventually sold for £100,100. That sum represents the highest price ever for an Evo, beating the £99,000 achieved by a delivery mileage Evo IX sold in America back in 2017.

Aside from the Mäkinen Edition, a host of other notable Evos were up for grabs, with a low-mileage Evo IX MR FQ-360 by HKS – the final model to be powered by the famous 2-litre four-cylinder 4G63 engine – selling for £68,900, making it the third most expensive Evo ever to be auctioned.

Mitsubishi Evo IX Group N

This works-run Evo IX Group N machine achieved a BRC double in 2007 and 2008 – it sold for £61,700


The final Evo X to be made and sold in the UK, chassis number 40, went for £58,100.

The auction also included some of Mitsubishi’s motor sport offerings, with a two-time British Rally Championship-winning rally car selling for £61,700. The works-run Evo IX Group N machine was driven by Guy Wilkes and co-driver Phil Pugh to a British title double in 2007 and 2008.

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Other lots from the heritage fleet included a Galant GLSi rally replica (£12,500), a Mk1 Colt Lancer 1.4 – the first Mitsubishi to be registered in the UK – (£15,000), a completely original Mk1 Shogun (£16,000) and a rare Jeep J27 (£20,600).

Two examples of the brand’s sports car range were also offloaded, with an immaculate 3000GT selling for £24,500 and a Starion for £21,100.

Perhaps the strangest lot was a 7/10-scale working replica of a 1917 Mitsubishi Model A, which sold for £13,700.

Mitsubishi Motors UK operations director Paul Brigden – formerly head of the firm’s RalliArt motor sport division and team principal during those winning BRC campaigns – 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 cars 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.”