The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX we told you about last week with just nine miles on the clock has just sold for a totally ridiculous figure.
Having smashed through the $100,000 mark last week, bidding ended at – brace yourself – $137,954. Imagine the final value fees on that! Evidently demand for this particular car, seen for some reason to be a collector’s item despite not being a limited edition model, far outstrips what we would have expected.
As we explained last week, the reason for its price tag isn’t just down to mileage. This is a zero-owner car. When the dealer, South Coast Mitsubishi in California, ordered the car it simply kept it in its warehouse and let the Evo line die out. There were mutterings at the time that the IX would be the last fast Lancer, so it would have made sense as an investment. It has never been registered, driven on the road or given number plates.
No one could have realistically predicted how high values for an unregistered Evo IX would climb. An unregistered, brand new Evo X that actually has provenance in the winding-up of the Evo legend, being #0001 of 1600 run-out Final Edition specials, is listed with a New York seller for around $50,000 less. Surely that’s the better investment? We’ll leave you to digest the astronomical price tag and vent your feelings below.