The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 171
1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder

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1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder


• Modern anti-lock brakes and dual airbags
• All-wheel drive and twin-turbos
• Power hardtop for open-air motoring
• Lovely fit and finish throughout

3.0-litre twin-turbo V-6 engine, 320 HP, six-speed manual gearbox, fully independent coil spring suspension, power disc brakes; wheelbase: 97.2”

Mitsubishi's 3000GT VR-4 looks like a sports car, but it really isn’t. There are 3,737 pounds of dense-packed, twin-turbocharged, all-wheel-driven fun - about 500 pounds more than the Corvette, even though it's just an inch longer overall. This is, more accurately, a fine grand touring machine. The VR-4 has a transverse-mounted engine in its nose, a 3.0-litre/320-horsepower DOHC 24-valve V-6, which gets boost from two turbos blowing through individual intercoolers. This fine example looks clean and factory correct. The horsepower peak comes at a relatively lofty 6,000 rpm, but all 315 pound-feet of torque are available at just 2,500, and reports are that the car bounds forward with muscularity due to the all-wheel drive and pulls lustily through each of its Getrag gears.

This 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Spyder is one of 1,034 hardtop convertibles completed by ASC for Mitsubishi in 1995 and 1996, and 1 of just 84 of the performance VR4 versions produced. This Spyder features the unique rear bodywork, full ground effects, and additional chassis stiffening when compared to the hardtop VR4. Just three colors were offered including black, white, or bright red as seen on this example. The fit and finish is excellent throughout, with deep paint over the excellent factory bodywork. The 3000GT was the first retractable-hardtop convertible offered since the 1959 Ford Sunliner, with an innovative folding hard-top. This interior is finished in black on black with matching dash, steering wheel, and center tunnel. The car retains a stock stereo system with equalizer, automatic climate control with digital display, and the factory Spyder floor mats. This Spyder is nicely equipped with air-conditioning, heat, power seats, windows, and the power top mechanism. Overall, the car certainly looks ready to go and will no doubt be an absolute blast to drive.

Superbly designed and engineered, the 3000GT VR-4 presented here in Corpus Christi delivers true all-wheel drive supercar performance with a luxurious ride in a highly desirable package.

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