1993 Mitsubishi Evo 1 RS
Available for: $16,995
The Evo one set the benchmark for all of the generations that followed, and boy did it set the bar high. Offered in two different trim levels; the stripped down RS and the more luxurious GSR. Overall production of both models was very limited with only 5,000 ever produced. This is the third one to come through here and it's the lowest mileage one we've come across with just under 87K. Finished in one of the more iconic colors Scotia White (W83) which looks fantastic. Overall the body has been pretty well maintained. It appears there may have been a set of fog lights in the lower vents at some point as there is a large bracket and a small cutout in the bumper for them. The only other change up to the factory designed looks would be the set of 15" OZ Racing Crono wheels in place of the steelies. With it's glaring front mounter intercooler and large (for the time) rear wing there's really no reason to change anything.
The interior on the RS is built for function over form. All of the gauges are clearly laid out and kept to a minimum in order to save on weight. Typically with the RS it would have the factory radio delete, manual windows, manual seats, no rear wiper, or ABS in order to shave off an additional 150 lbs on an already exceptionally light car. A few small changes have been made in order to make for a more comfortable middle ground. The factory seats have been upgraded to the Recaro's that were found in the GSR. The seats are in excellent shape, and while adding considerably more bolstering, they're surprisingly comfortable. Whether you use it or not is up to you, but a Pioneer radio with USB input has been added. The steering wheel has been replaced with a more proper Nardi 3 spoke which looks right at home. Mounted atop the steering column is an Ultra lap timer. Overall the interior has been kept up very well, free of any notable rips or stains. The driver side door panel does have a few small holes in it from where an accessories box was mounted and can be seen in the photos.
With power going to all four wheels thanks to Mitsubishi's legendary 4G63T (2 Liter) this car is an absolute monster. Power was rated at 245hp from the factory, but we all know they left gobs of potential on the table. The two liter fires right up and is rather unassuming at idle. It's not until you start to pull boost that it really opens up. The power band comes on quick when you reach full boost, but it's not unmanageable when you just want to cruise. The 5 speed shifts easily and the clutch is nice and stiff, like it should be. Some minor tweaks have been made when it comes to bracing. A Spats front and rear tower brace have been added. Underneath is a Cusco lower brace, as well as a master cylinder brace for a more steady pedal feel. The plug wires have also been upgraded to a set of NGK wires. Overall this car is a great example of what Mitsubishi should have done from the factory with the Evo. Whether you're looking for a proper rally chassis or a piece of history this car has it all.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.