Supercar Fest Sale of Iconic & Classic Cars 28 May 2022

Supercar Fest Sale Of Iconic And Classic Cars Saturday 28th May 2022 108 Registration: Y194 HEU Chassis No.: CP9A0201274 Estimate: £80,000 - £100,000 Lot 472 2000 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI ‘Tommi Makinen Edition’ UK Specification Chassis #014 By mid-1996, Mitsubishi’s rallying success began to really reflect in Lancer Evolution sales. The 1996 WRC season brought Mitsubishi, together with a blisteringly quick Finn named Tommi Makinen, its first World Rally Championship drivers’ title. The fiercely competitive Makinen borrowed the phrase “maximum attack” and used it to devastating effect. By 1997, rallying had captured the imagination of petrol-heads all over the world and Mitsubishi sold 6,000 Evolution IVs in the first three days of its launch! In quick succession, the Lancer Evolution VI came to be and in the latter-half of 1999, Mitsubishi unleashed a special edition to celebrate its favourite son’s four consecutive WRC drivers’ titles from 1996-1999 - the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI ‘Tommi Makinen Edition’ (TME). The Evolution VI was already a technological tour de force, but the TME had a more responsive titanium turbocharger, uprated and lowered suspension (‘tuned to give improved initial response on tarmac surfaces’), quicker steering, a different exhaust, a new ECU, beefed-up transfer case internals, a redesigned front bumper for even better cooling and authentic 17-inch WRC Enkei alloy wheels. Plus, there was a special interior, featuring embossed Recaro seats, a MOMO steering wheel and red stitching. The performance upgrades saw the 0-60 mph sprint obliterated in 4.4 seconds and a maximum top speed of 150 mph. Power was rumoured to be over 300 bhp, rather than the 276 bhp ‘agreement’. The car presented here then is very special indeed. Not only is it a genuine Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition (CP9A / SNGF2) SCP car (i.e.1 of 212), but it is also an official UK-market example. This means it was officially imported by Mitsubishi-affiliated ‘Ralliart UK’, hence it would have been professionally SVA’d and is supplied with UK service books, a calibrated speedometer, an unleaded-spec fuel restrictor, cold-climate battery and an alternator, plus it is individually number with a plaque in the cabin - here it reads #014, making this car one of the first few officially designated for the UK-market. Supplied new via Grosvenor Garage of Tunbridge Wells to its original owner, a Mr Roger Conway of Kent, he owned and cherished the car for almost 21 years (being the car’s only previous keeper), applying his private registration number of ‘ROG 4Y’ to it; he also ensured all its original Ralliart paperwork, history file, with many receipts, plus its original and complete book-pack were retained, and they accompany the car today. Remarkably, this very special car has covered a fully verifiable 25,000 miles from new, supported by MOT and service records. The car passed to our vendor after a period of being laid-up, but has just had a full service (including a new cam-belt), a thorough professional detail and a full MOT as part of its recommissioning. Over the years, Silverstone Auctions have been privileged to achieve some exceptional prices for a number of these rare and special Japanese sports cars, considered by many as the ‘ultimate Mitsubishi’ for the road. ‘Type UK’ TMEs are hugely coveted and rightly so and rarely do exceptional examples such as this appear for sale on the open market, not to be missed. Image from History File. Tommi Makinen launches the special edition in January 2000 More Details Lot 472 Bid On Lot 472