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Modern Japanese peformance cars head to auction

Published 25 July 2019

A host of Japanese performance cars are going under the hammer next month. Twelve ‘beasts from the East’ are for sale at Classic Car Auctions’ sale on 3 August, including Imprezas, Civics, Evos and an NSX.

Fans of the World Rally Championship will be able to choose from two year-2000 Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makkinen editions. A white W-reg with just under 35 on the clock is expected to fetch between £12,000 and £15,000. While a V-plate example with 56k on the clock carries a £15,000-£20,000 estimate thanks to being finished in Passion Red.

There is also another WRC hero – a 280bhp 2001 Subaru Impreza P1. While the majority of Imprezas were imported, the P1 was developed in the UK with Prodrive – the team behind Subaru’s WRC success. The P1 was officially type-approved for Europe with just 1000 made. With 44k on the clock and a bill for a £3k service in the past 500 miles, this one could fetch between £16,000 and £20,000.

2001 Subaru Impreza P1

Also included the catalogue is a Nissan Skyline GT-R – a force to be reckoned with on track but also the star of many a Fast & Furious film. Finished in Bayside Blue with 40,400 miles, this V-example is estimated to fetch £30,000 to £40,000.

2000 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-spec

Other modern Japanese classics going under the hammer include a 1990 Honda CRX V-Tec SI R, a 1997 a Mitsubishi 3000 GT 4WD AWS, a 1997 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo and a 1997 Honda Civic Type R, a 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Type RA (v5) and a 2000 a Honda Integra Type R (DC2). Not to mention a Honda NSX and a 2003 Mazda RX-7 Spirit Type-A.

But we've saved one of the more unusual cars til last. It's a 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evo. Yep, Shogun with a 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 under the bonnet. And it could be yours for under £10k. What's not to love?

Mitsubish Pajero Evo

The Classic Car Auctions sale takes place on 3 August at the Warwickshire Event Centre. For more information classiccarauctions.co.uk.

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