RE: Mitsubishi Lancer Evoulution II: Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi Lancer Evoulution II: Spotted

Wednesday 2nd January

Mitsubishi Lancer Evoulution II: Spotted

This Evo is 25 years old in 2019 - feeling old yet?



In case it wasn't evident already, that glorious era of road racer homologation specials is most certainly behind us. Motorsport rules and regulations have changed, as well as buyer tastes, so the notion of tapping into racing success for the benefit of sales (or image) does seem a little old now. There are still links to be made, and certainly high end manufacturers aren't shy in cashing in on motorsport association, but genuine competition cars for the road belong to the past.

The benefit in their passing as contemporary performance cars is the recognition of homologation lightweights as genuine classics. Who'd have thought just a few years ago, that those bespoilered saloons and coupes causing havoc on the streets would be prized assets in the classic world. They might have been taken better care of then if we'd known...


What that has meant is cars like the Subaru Impreza Turbo, Ford Escort Cosworth and Toyota Celica GT-Four have become ever more valuable. None will ever be coveted for their looks, but for delivering a driving experience unlike anything that had gone before them - and as representations of a really exciting era for fast, almost affordable cars - they are in demand.

Naturally that extends to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo as well. Its reputation is a little different to the others in the UK, given official imports didn't begin until 1999, yet Tommi Makinen's WRC success before then, plus staggering reception the car received in the UK, meant it wasn't unknown for long.


Now while we all know the Evo story began long before the UK chapter, it's seldom that we get the opportunity over here to explore its JDM early days. Why would UK buyers have gone to the hassle of a personal import when newer, more advanced, even quicker Evos were available here? It's not like the formula changed drastically across the first nine generations, so the relative rarity is understandable.

It makes those Evos all the more special when they do emerge though, like this one. An Evo II from 1994 - so yes, it is 25 in July - it's an RS as well, lighter and more focused and even more desirable to the dedicated few. 'E2 RSN' is an absolute stunner, imported in 2016 and having covered just 35,000 miles in a quarter of a century. There's no rust, no modifications and precious few signs of wear. There will be the usual debates around not using such a great driver's car, but what a find: apparently just 15 Evo IIs of all types are taxed in the UK.


As such, it commands a big price: £22,500 is enough even to buy this Evo X FQ-360 HKS Edition. It's more than twice as much as the other Evo II on PH currently, which might be a better bet for finding out just why Evo dynamics are so revered and why cars of the 90s are now in demand. Because you couldn't actually drive the pricier one much - could you?

For a dedicated Japanese Domestic Market nut, one with a collection of various Skylines, Eunoses, Imprezas and more, this Evo II RS would make a fine addition. 'Unrepeatable' must be overused in classic circles nowadays, but it really is hard to imagine another early Evo existing that's as good as this one. Don't forget, either, that if £22k for an old Evo looks a lot, you're looking at £55k for an old Escort with similar mileage - maybe being less well known is a good thing, after all...


SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO II RS

Engine: 1,997cc, four-cyl turbo
Transmission: 5-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 260@6,250rpm
Torque (lb ft): 228@3,000rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1992 (2016 UK)
Recorded mileage: 35,853 
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £22,500

See the original advert here.




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E65Ross

Original Poster:

21,694 posts

149 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I'm sure it's nice, and it does look like a very good example.... But £22,500! Really?

V8RX7

16,616 posts

200 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I've been considering one for a while - whilst the £2500 days have gone it's still possible to find a decent one sub £7500

samoht

808 posts

83 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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"what a find: apparently just 15 Evo IIs of all types are taxed in the UK"

I think that focusing on 'numbers on the road in the UK' as a measure of rarity value for JDM cars isn't very informative. The market for these cars is (at least) the set of all RHD countries; i.e. Japan + Australia + NZ + South Africa + UK + Ireland + others. The cost of shipping a car from one of these markets to another isn't a deal-breaker, so a price spike in one country will be mitigated by a flow of imports from others.

Found this plausible-looking count of production for the various earlier Evo models just now:


Of course, it's hard to know how many early Evos live on in Japan, carefully garaged and polished, vs those that have been wrapped around a guardrail on a touge somewhere up in the mountains. But unless these cars become rare and valuable across all the RHD markets (like the NSX is), I think it's hard to see support for high values here, because they could easily be undercut by a supply of fresh imports, just like the cheaper example linked in the article.

rossub

1,963 posts

127 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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Well there’s a similar one in Japan here:

http://goo-net-exchange.com/usedcars/MITSUBISHI/LA...

That would be near enough £20k by the time it’s registered here, so in the right ball park.

I should also have pointed out that goo-net is like a Japanese autotrader, with nearly 500k cars on it. You can count the Evo IIs on there on one hand. The reality is that good quality 25 year old ‘rally reps’ are really rare in Japan now too. There is no gold mine of cheaper cars sitting waiting to be snapped up any more.

Edited by rossub on Wednesday 2nd January 18:03

Unsolved_Mistry

4 posts

20 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BndBJWCezBo

mighty car mods have 2 of them, kinda XD
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samoht

808 posts

83 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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rossub said:
good quality 25 year old ‘rally reps’ are really rare in Japan now too. There is no gold mine of cheaper cars sitting waiting to be snapped up any more.
Fair point, if they're rare worldwide, then they are indeed rare. My point was more that simply looking at UK numbers doesn't really tell the story - stats from Goonet, as you posted, are much more informative of the overall picture.

Sidney Smut

19 posts

15 months

Wednesday 2nd January
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I put off and put off getting a low mileage Evo 6 RS at £7,500 not so many years ago, just like I put off buying an Integrale Evo 2 when they were affordable...kicking myself over both now!!

Hol

4,703 posts

137 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Cheap as chips 8 years ago.

I paid £600 for one with a blown engine as an AWD donor for my Hatchback.



I feel bad about it now, although I know of two other cars that remained on the road due to parts it donated.

soad

29,341 posts

113 months

Thursday 3rd January
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E65Ross said:
I'm sure it's nice, and it does look like a very good example.... But £22,500! Really?
One for the collector, I suppose. As everyone else would purchase a later model.

Teggers

109 posts

137 months

Thursday 3rd January
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I love my one. Relatively standard with a small handful of period-correct mods. GSR version though so central locking electric windows and climate control for a bit more comfort. There are a few more differences (thinner glass for example) on the RS model.

Great to see them still around. Had a comment from someone at work the other day "don't you find when you buy a car, suddenly you see loads of them around!" Honestly? Nope! In nearly 6 years of ownership, only encountered one other on the road.

marshall100

1,104 posts

138 months

Thursday 3rd January
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Ah, I couldn't give mine away 14 years ago, L69 WEW long since gone to a scrap yard near Exeter....?

edtex

1 posts

38 months

Thursday 3rd January
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this is the same car you wrote about last year
https://www.pistonheads.com/news/general/mitsubish...

it's not clear what's changed since then to justify another 7k on top from the person who bought it,


Adyevo

2 posts

51 months

Friday 4th January
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Still miss my dirt-trialing III, but couldn’t justify shipping it back when we moved here. This was also my daily commute in Japan but here it would have just been an unjustifiable (at the time) expense and anyway, we have no snow to play in.

Jon_S_Rally

182 posts

25 months

Monday 7th January
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I do really like these early Evos.

The VI will always be the one for me overall, but the I/II do hold a lot of appeal for me. I love the relatively simple looks, akin to the early Impreza.

Gary C

4,529 posts

116 months

Monday 7th January
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Jon_S_Rally said:
I do really like these early Evos.

The VI will always be the one for me overall, but the I/II do hold a lot of appeal for me. I love the relatively simple looks, akin to the early Impreza.
V for me, best looking one of the lot, and a great drive/

really miss mine (Apart from the costs)