From my own private collection. A very rare car in the UK, and probably the lowest mileage genuine Evo II RS on these shores, this superb Mitsubishi is presented in totally standard specification with no modifications and just 35,853 miles (57,365 km) on the clock.
E2 RSN was imported to the UK by well known JDM specialists Torque GT in March 2016, and sold to its previous UK owner, an Evo enthusiast who already had an Evo VI RS, Evo IX RS and Evo X RS in his stable (all in white with corresponding E* RSN number plates).
First registered in Japan in July 1994, chassis number CE9A-0005815 remains in completely original condition, with original paint and interior. There is no corrosion at all on the car, and no dings, dents or scratches to the body panels. The interior is also in near perfect condition, with just a small amount of “sag” in the driver’s seat outer bolster, and some wear marks on the handbrake lever.
Used sparingly for events and shows over the last two years, E2 RSN remains in immaculate original condition throughout, and has obviously been doted on by a fanatical owner. On the road, the car feels tight and supple, with eye-widening performance and barely believable grip given the modest 205-section tyres on RS-spec 15” OZ Racing wheels. Brakes are reassuringly powerful, and the steering is accurate and direct. Easy to see how these cars dominated Group A rallying during the 1990’s, running rings around contemporary Integrales and Cosworths!
The RS version of the Lancer Evolution models is a stripped back, lightweight homologation special, designed in many cases to be prepared as a Group A rally car (hence the simple white paint). Weighing just 1180kg and with 252bhp and 228 lb.ft of torque from the legendary 4G63 engine, the RS model featured a mechanical LSD, no radio or door speakers, manual windows and the simplest possible interior trim. Only the Recaro seats and MOMO steering wheel, and the three auxiliary gauges (including turbo boost) in the centre console, gave any indication as to the true performance of this 4WD rally weapon.
Never sold officially in the UK, the early Evo models are therefore very rare, with the RS version even more so. The Howmanyleft website indicates just 60 Evo II cars in the UK (both GSR and RS models), with only 15 currently taxed and on the road.
A true collectors car and one which may also prove to be a shrewd investment, as the car is now eligible for export to the USA as it has reached 25 years old.
The car is kept in a Carcoon and on a battery conditioner in my garage at home in North Devon, near the town of South Molton. If you would like to arrange to come and see it, or have any questions, please call me on 07595 455568 to discuss.
Our nearest train station is Tiverton Parkway, which is just over 2 hours from London Paddington or Birmingham New Street. I can pick you up from there, and can also offer trailered delivery of the car if required.
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