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1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4
£ 34,906.83 (€ 41,368.61)($ 48,000.00)


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Designated the “GTO” in Japan, and the “3000GT” for the worldwide market, this grand touring, 2+2, hatchback was Mitsubishi’s entrant in the Japanese sports car battles of the 1990s, which produced such icons as the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7, and Nissan 300ZX. Initially having been released for the U.S. market in 1991, the up-trimmed and higher horsepower VR4 variant, powered by a transverse-mounted 3.0-liter DOHC 24v V6 twin-turbo, became well regarded among critics for its All-Wheel-Drive handling and sub-5 second 0-60mph acceleration. Despite its hefty weight of 3,737 pounds, (almost one thousand pounds more than a Mazda RX-7 of the same vintage), it still performed competitively. With its distinct and aggressive appearance, designer Masaru Suzuki left his mark on the unique styling era of the nineteen-nineties. The flagship of the Mitsubishi lineup, the VR4 commanded a retail price of almost eighty-thousand dollars at the time, adjusted for inflation.

The 1994 model year brought major updates for the VR4 included revised, integrated projector headlights, a Getrag 6-speed manual transmission, and an increase in power to 320bhp. It should be noted that the Japanese domestic market version of the VR4 continued to quote only “276” horsepower, due to a rumored “gentleman’s agreement” between Japanese car manufacturers not to exceed that number in their marketing, so as not to cause a horsepower war within their home Japanese market.

The vehicle offered here, Chassis # JA3AN74K0SY026739, is a one-owner, Southern-California-since-new example, in “Caracas Red”. The odometer shows a mere 11,440 miles from new. Having been purchased new out of Miller Mitsubishi of Van Nuys, CA, by a car enthusiast couple, this VR4 has been kept among other exotic and sports cars in a private collection. It has been driven sparingly, yet consistently over the years, however, as the collection has now been downsized, this stellar, investment-grade example is now available. New 245/40-18, Pirelli P7 tires have just been fitted to the 18” factory chrome wheels, and the car includes two remote entry fobs, three keys, original manuals, as well as the unused aluminum spare wheel and tire and new “Mitsubishi” OEM battery. The car remains completely unaltered from its OEM specifications and still shows some factory inspection markings and cosmoline on the underside of the body. Among the many options, the “Active Aero” package is our favorite. Lowering the front air dam and tilting the rear spoiler with the touch of a button, this feature surely offered unparalleled aerodynamic advantages in its time.

This vehicle is ideal for a connoisseur interested in starting or rounding out their “Radwood” era based collection. The car can be driven anywhere, anytime or is ripe to be hidden away until becoming even more appreciated by the enthusiast market, as it will surely continue to evolve as an appreciating asset.

 

  • Exterior Colour Red
  • Number of Doors 2
  • Interior Colour Grey Leather
  • Drive LHD
  • Chassis Number JA3AN74K0SY026739
  • Year of manufacture 1995
  • Miles 11440