South Coast Mitsubishi, in California, has reportedly got a reputation for keeping Evo IXs to sell them at a later date.
The result is a decade-old Evo with factory kilometres on the clock and plastic still on the seats.
The price for such a coveted collectable? USD$137,954 or $173,000 Australian.
The dealer originally bought the car from Mistubishi on September 30, 2006, and has held onto it until July 25, 2017. The original suggested retail price of the Evo was USD$37,094.
That amounts to AUD$46,486, a little over a quarter of the price it just sold for.
The car is Graphite grey, with a black interior and, thanks to it being an MR, a 6-speed manual ‘box.
As well as the extra gear, the MR also granted the IX an aluminium or carbon fibre brake grip, an aluminium shift knob, and a boost gauge kit.
It retained the standard 214kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged 4G63T four cylinder engine.
To put this price into perspective, the final lancer ever built sold for a respectable USD$76,400, or AUD$95,739. That’s still a lot, especially for the somewhat less-loved Evo X, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the price someone just paid for a much older (albeit arguably better) car.
If you don’t have six-digits to drop on a brand new decade-old Evo, however, there’s an example which is described as “immaculate” up for grabs on Trade Unique Cars right now, which has a few (91,000) more kilometres on the odo, but will only set you back $38,000.