1993 Mitsubishi Evo 1 RS
One of the most legendary rally cars to come out of Japan, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Up until this point the Galant was Mitsubishi's rally platform but due to weight it was dropped in favor of the lighter Lancer chassis. The Evo was offered in two trim levels, the GSR and RS. The RS being the more race prepped variant which is what we have here. Make no bones about it, this car was definitely purpose built from the factory. Coming in at right around 2,600 lbs paired with it's turbo 4 and capable AWD system it's still quick by today's standards. With such an efficient package out of the gate there isn't much need to change things so this RS has been kept largely all stock. The factory aero is all built with an intent, from the vented hood out to the factory rear wing. Considering this was built strictly for WRC homologation the body has been kept up with rather well over the years. The body has been kept largely dent and ding free, however there was a license plate mounted to the bumper at some point so there are still two holes from that. The Scotia White (W83) paint shows its age a bit, but is in overall good shape. Specifically there are some shade variation on some of the plastic items vs the aluminum body. There are some scuffs and blemishes from routine driving, but nothing out of the ordinary or concerning. The factory steel wheels have been swapped out for a much better looking set of 16" Advan AVS Model 6's. The wheels do have some curbing but are certainly better than stock steelies.
While the interior is sparse it's been kept up well over the years. The factory seats look great and offer ample support. Even the bolsters, which are so prone to wear, appear to be in great shape. The same can be said about the dash, door panels, and carpeting. The very purpose built dash is easy to read and everything necessary is right at arms length. The OEM Momo steering wheel is in fantastic condition with makes for a great factory touch. The door panels show really well which is a prone item to sun damage in these. In the RS these came without factory air, however it is fitted with a blower and proper heat for the colder months. For the warmer months ahead you have original crank windows on all four doors. It does have the clever rally inspired intercooler sprayer switch down by the gear selector, which definitely plays into the fact this car is more about function over form. Overall the interior is a well maintained example of Mitsubishi's commitment to the WRC program.
Mechanically this Evo has been kept pretty much factory original. The 4G63-T is mated up to a proper 5 speed manual with a mechanical LSD. The 2.0L fires right up and idles along nicely, but we all know it's far more happy when the turbo spools. While the odomoter sits at 103K miles they were not verified before leaving Japan so it is being sold as technically unknown. The only change up comes from a Fujitsubo cat back. While it looks rather menacing from the back, it's considerably more quite than you would expect. It's a bit more pronounced at idle, but under load it's not excessive, however you do pick up a little burble on decel which is awesome. GAB struts help to clean up any suspension sway, but since the ride height is about the same it doesn't have any negative impacts on ride quality. This EVO handles extremely well, and feels light and nimble through tight corners. Shifts through the 5 speed transmission are crisp and smooth. While we don't believe the clutch has been upgraded it is on the heavier side. The engagement point is rather smooth unlike a twin disc would be, but it is more noticeable than some of the other factory AWD cars we have come through. Since we've had our hands on it it's received a fresh oil change and a new set of tires in order to pass the VA state inspection. Now it's ready to rock out on some of the states best (or worst) roads out there. With only 5,000 ever built this car is becoming increasingly rare. Now is the time to jump at your own piece or WRC history.
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