Import Delayed for Americans by 18 Months
An iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI is presently being auctioned, though it isn’t just any beefed up version of the classic Lancer. This particular Evo, listed on Iconic Auctioneers, is one of only five RS Tommi Makinen Monte Carlo Editions ever made, making it far more exclusive than the Evo VI RSX and, to many people, the crème de la crème of the series.
The highly coveted 2,500 Tommi Makinen Editions (TMEs) are further enhanced by the RS model of the ‘Monte Carlo’ Edition. Intended to commemorate Tommi Makinen’s astonishing third consecutive victory at the Monte Carlo Rally, this exemplar is especially noteworthy as it is the fifth and final edition of its kind. Even more fervently sought after is that this vehicle has been driven for only 3,497 miles since 2001, endowing it with a practically pristine reputation.
Regardless of the fact that the Lancer Evolution VI and Tommi Makinen Edition will now be eligible for US import in the year 2024, there is a catch. Unfortunately, the RS Tommi Makinen ‘Monte Carlo’ Edition won’t follow suit due to its later production date. The 25-year rule marks the manufactured date as its benchmark, with some TME Evos being produced late only in 1999. This, sadly, renders the later Monte Carlo model ineligble for US import.
This vehicle was initially registered to Ralliart UK, Ltd. on the 11th of July in the year 2001. In spite of having enough funds to reach the estimated value of £120,000 (equivalent to approximately $152,000 today), it is illegal for it to be driven on public roads.
Rally enthusiasts here in the US are doing themselves a true disservice by not availing themselves of this extraordinary value proposition. As opposed to today’s SUVs and crossovers such as the Outlander, the TME was an advanced version of the Evo VI model.
Particularly, it was outfitted with a titanic turbocharger, debased suspension, speedier steering, modernized exhaust, renewed ECU, intensified transfer case internals, remodeled front grille for augmented refrigeration, and bona fide 17-inch WRC Enkei alloy wheels.
However, with the Evo VI RS Tommi Makinen ‘Monte Carlo’ Edition it has taken all existing components of the TME to its greatest capability. Accompanying the Ralliart UK Stage 1 engine upgrade granting a sounder speed, improved throttle performance and usable drive; Eibach springs correcting geometry for superior traction including a close-ratio gearbox and a Group N rally-specification front helical differential in the interior there is the Recaro SR front seat set up.
There was a clear indication that this produced more power than what was advertised as 276 horsepower.
The sale of this rare specimen, worth around $140,000 at a public sale, has sparkled confidence that the value could be even higher, had the item been available in the US. Regretfully however, for the present time that does not look to be the case.