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2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI 'Tommi Makinen' -UK-Spec

Lot No.: TBA

Registration: VX51 AAZ
Chassis Number: CP9A0201198
Engine Number: 4G63BD4419
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1997
Year of Manufacture: 2001
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 28,000 - 32,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)
  • Only 250 'Tommi Makinen Editions' were officially imported into the UK
  • Around 300bhp. 0-60 in 4.4 secs. 150mph
  • Finished in Passion Red with the 'Special Colour Package'
  • TME interior features embossed Recaro seats, a MOMO wheel and red stitching.  
  • Two former keepers and 41,650 miles with a full service history

By mid-1996, Mitsubishi’s rallying success began to really reflect on 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 0-60mph sprint obliterated in 4.4 seconds and a maximum top speed of 150 mph. Power was rumoured to be over 300bhp, rather than the 276bhp ‘agreement’.

Widely regarded as the finest Lancer to wear the Evolution badge, it was now available in five colours, with Passion Red and Canal Blue joining Scotia White, Pyrenean Black and Satellite Silver.  Only 250 TMEs (across the five colours) were officially imported into the UK, with 100 examples going to Australia, and the rest sold domestically in the Japanese Market.  Official figures show that of the UK’s allocation, only 50 examples were in Passion Red.  According to Mitsubishi, it was these Passion Red cars that automatically received the renowned racing decals, known as a ‘Special Colour Package’ (SCP), meaning these cars were factory-fitted with black door handles (so as to not break the line of the long profile decal).  In the world of Mitsubishi aficionados, the consensus is that there were just 212 official factory SCP examples of the TME produced.

This, Passion Red, Tommi Makinen Edition was delivered new by the Colt Car Company in Cirencester on 10th September 2001. It has covered 41,650 miles in the hands of its two keepers and the car's super condition bears testament to their caring ownership. It's offered with a detailed service history and the Service Booklet contains 16 stamps from main dealers and marque specialists. The current MOT is valid until December 18th, 2018. We welcome any inspection of this remarkable, limited edition, Evolution VI.