But while many Evos of this generation have received a tweak or two too many, at first glance this one seems to be in exceptional (and, crucially, very un-messed-with) condition. Externally, the paint looks untarnished, as do the 17-inch wheels, while inside the half leather Recaro seats seem good as new.
Bilstein dampers all-round with MacPherson struts up front and multi-link suspension at the rear mean the Wagon corners as laser-guidedly as the standard car. The lack of the Active Yaw Control technology found in the saloon not denting its performance in this regard, largely thanks to the extra 70kg of bodywork found above the rear axle.
With only 2,500 Evo IX Wagons having been made, and none officially designated for the UK, it should be a very rare sight indeed, and perhaps a more prudent investment than a saloon in the long-term, particularly if left unmolested. Its one-owner status and full service history are both positives too, which makes the near year it's spent in the classifieds all the more puzzling. It'll surely find a good home soon, though, just in time for a summer road trip. Could it be yours?
SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX WAGON
Engine: 1,997cc, four-cylinder turbo
Transmission: 6-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 320@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 289@3,000rpm
CO2: Probably not great
Recorded mileage: 84,000
Year registered: 2006
Price new: £29,999 (UK MR FQ-320 saloon)
Yours for: £14,980
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