RE: Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen: Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen: Spotted

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen: Spotted

Perfect spec and perfect condition, this could be the best version of the best Evo around



It's always the way with Japanese performance cars. Owners want more performance from cars that respond really well to modifying. Buyers want standard cars to see how special the cars were from the showroom and perhaps make their own tweaks. Then they have a modified version...

If you're doing few miles best make them special
If you're doing few miles best make them special
As such standard versions of Gran Turismo icons tend to command really high prices as gamers grow up and clamour for the best examples. See the Β£50K R34 GT-R for example. Of course there are exceptions (how RX-7s of the early 90s haven't risen in value is a mystery) but typically standard iconic cars will be really sought after.

The Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition has a two fold appeal with both GT gamers and rallying fans. It was the car to beat on Special Stage Route 5 as well as actual special stages and is therefore quite a desirable thing. To some people it will look like a chavved up cab. Ignore them, heathens.

And if you want a TME, this one appears perfect. Standard UK car? Check. Red with graphics? Natch. Low miles, few owners and FSH? Hat trick. Moreover, it hasn't been so cherished that the next owner needs to be scared of using it. Number 54 has covered 38,000 miles, which means just under 3,000 miles a year. Enough for quite a few weekends away through the year, as the current keeper seems to have enjoyed.

And not a single modification. Really
And not a single modification. Really
The Evo X FQ-440 announced by Mitsubishi earlier this year will be the last of the conventional Evos. That sounds oxymoronic as no Evo is conventional but it seems unlikely that any future version will have a 2.0-litre turbo as its sole means of propulsion. And will rallying prove as captivating to car buyers again in the future as it was 15 years ago? The Evo VI TME is the best of the best, when Evos ruled rally stages and road tests. As an icon with the breed just about extinct the TME will surely be covetable for a while yet. Β£16K can't diminish much further with more diligent maintenance and use.

Probably time to mention the Subaru then. For exactly five pounds more than the Evo there's this stunning Impreza P1. A few more miles, yes, but that famous two-door Impreza shape, the WR Blue paint and again the reputation as probably the best special edition of the best era of a hugely successful rally car. Well it's this or a 22B. It ultimately comes down to whether you were a McRae or a Makinen man at the turn of the century. Either way you'll have an epic driver's car the kind of which we won't see again. Apart from on Gran Turismo.


MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO 6 TOMMI MAKINEN EDITION
Engine:
1,997cc 4-cyl turbo
Transmission: 5-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 280@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 275@2,750rpm
MPG: 23
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2001
Recorded mileage: 38,446
Price new: Β£32,995
Yours for: Β£15,995

See the original advert here.

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SteveSteveson

Original Poster:

3,209 posts

112 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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As a child/teen of the 90's, who grew up playing Gran Turismo, words can't describe how much I want that car.

The Evo and Scoobie are icons for my generation. The cars only the "in the know" knew about, things you would see and smile to yourself when your parents commented about how someone had "ruined" their car and lectured friends foolish enough to do the same, and the joy of goading one to overtake you with a blast of exhaust and flutter of waste gate as it left your 1 liter leaner box in the dust.

Edited by SteveSteveson on Tuesday 2nd September 11:46

leedsutd1

770 posts

135 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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This will only go up in price, there are not many about now or at least for sale where have they all gone,
I never owned a mitsi but have had 5 Subaru wrx all silver 4 door saloons,

Axionknight

8,411 posts

84 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Just gimme gimme gimme!

That is all.

F-Stop Junkie

538 posts

149 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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This and a 22B would be the quintessential garage for that era.

Ex Boy Racer

1,073 posts

141 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Had an Evo 6 (not the TME). Hard as nails, noisy as a Tom Petty concert. On a long journey - I used to do about 20k a year in it - it was pretty horrible.

But... when the road opened up it drove like nothing else. Immediate, on its toes, skimming over the ground.

Great car.

Krikkit

17,141 posts

130 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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A neighbour who owns a garage was busy "field-testing" one of these a few weeks ago, not original unfortunately though. What an icon! Every time I went past it I had a grin on my face, the Girl said "It looks like a god-awful chav wagon..." How little she knows.

dukebox9reg

1,287 posts

97 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Krikkit said:
A neighbour who owns a garage was busy "field-testing" one of these a few weeks ago, not original unfortunately though. What an icon! Every time I went past it I had a grin on my face, the Girl said "It looks like a god-awful chav wagon..." How little she knows.
I love these but if I turned up home in one (or the scooby) the wife would divorce me and call me a chav forever more.

The image has taken a massive knock in the last 10 years.

dublet

283 posts

160 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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dukebox9reg said:
I love these but if I turned up home in one (or the scooby) the wife would divorce me and call me a chav forever more.
Worth it?

Don1

13,265 posts

157 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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FFS. Can PH please stop telling people about the cars in my dream garage? I want to get them as cheaply as possible... wink

Northerndubber

8 posts

102 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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F-Stop Junkie said:
This and a 22B would be the quintessential garage for that era.
This.

(and an R34 V spec for good measure!)

rich861

22 posts

104 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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dukebox9reg said:
I love these but if I turned up home in one (or the scooby) the wife would divorce me and call me a chav forever more.

The image has taken a massive knock in the last 10 years.
I have to disagree. They have always been a bit marmite-ish.

F1GTRUeno

4,249 posts

167 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Damn right that's absolutely perfect spec.

GTEYE

1,480 posts

159 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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The perfect Evo.

dukebox9reg

1,287 posts

97 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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rich861 said:
dukebox9reg said:
I love these but if I turned up home in one (or the scooby) the wife would divorce me and call me a chav forever more.

The image has taken a massive knock in the last 10 years.
I have to disagree. They have always been a bit marmite-ish.
They used to be bought new by rally fans, motorsport fans and by people who wanted 'supercar' performance for little(ish) money.

Supercars have now moved on and so has the everyday hot hatch etc. The original Scooby's and to a lesser extent Evo's have been bought by the backward hat wearing brigade for peanuts and fitted with the loudest bean can exhaust you can find and tend to drive like absolute berks.

It may be shallow but I don't think I could live with being painted with that brush. Same reason as per the other thread running at the mo, way people tend to go for the Golf over the Leon regardless of whether the Leon is the faster or better handling car. I could take my bosses out in a S3 and nothing would be said. A Scooby or Evo and you can guarantee what the majority will think of your character.

Mastodon2

12,933 posts

114 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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rich861 said:
I have to disagree. They have always been a bit marmite-ish.
I actually think it's improved - less of them around as many older ones have been scrapped, broken, blown up, and of course plenty have been crashed. I don't see nearly as many Evos or Imprezas as I did even 5 years ago, and when I do see them now they look more like enthusiast examples and not council estate specials. I was talking to a woman at an old job who knew her cars, and said the late 90s were ridiculous for seeing hooligans tearing about in Imprezas, as cheaper fuel and insurance, combined with the import boom, meant there were loads out there, many driven dubiously.

So as time has whittled away the tattier ones, we're left with cleaner examples, generally owned by older owners with better judgement about where and how to use the ample performance. This all leads to better public perception, or at the very least, less ire as the general motorist registers the presence of these cars less, as they become less ubiquitous and less often seen driven badly.

ST150HB

444 posts

98 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Wish I had the space and money! Love these cars, and an original makes it even more desirable.

Very envious of whoever buys it.

nightwalker

2,378 posts

136 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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Ive had three Evo's now, an Evo 7, 8MR and a 9GT and can safely say they're easily the most fun and most competent point to point car ive driven even compared to my old CSL.

I was car jacked in the 7 and was broken into at 3am for the 8MR so that kind of took the shine off them but boy do I hanker after another one, my missus says the same thing as posted above 'they look like a chav wagon' such a shame they have that image as they are such an awesome machine if you can stomach the absurd running costs!


StottyEvo

6,791 posts

112 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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nightwalker said:
such an awesome machine if you can stomach the absurd running costs!
Out of interest what expenditures did the cars throw up?

405dogvan

5,326 posts

214 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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I know a girl who's hubby ran one of these as their 'family car' for a few years - I used to see her off to the shops strapped into a full rally harness, teeth being shaken-out on the stty tarmac and speedbumps - often with 2 kids in the back in their own rally-stylee seats ;0

She wasn't hugely pleased about it - she called it the 'rattlewagon' - but it survived 2 years on their 'concreted front garden' without incident whilst 3 doors down, someone else I know had 3 of their cars stolen (all VXR/GSi Vauxhalls of some description - all pimped - all never seen again) over the same period DESPITE metal posts and security lights and other gubbins - go figure...

Fantastic weapon but you need to be able to pull-it-off - I think the 'chav' thing has moved-on tho, it's now more a slightly faded-grandeur cum kagoule-nerd image really?


rtz62

1,882 posts

104 months

Tuesday 2nd September 2014
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There's one a mile from me that only ever turns a wheel to go for its annual mot, and otherwise never moves off the guys drive. (Yes, drive, he hasn't got a garage!)
I believe the mileage is a lot lower than the one featured here, and have been told he's turned down over £20k for it.
Low miles is ok, but I'd be concerned that the one near me would go bang if driven enthusiastically after all this time.