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1999 Mitsubishi Lancer - JDM Unicorn

Perth WA, Australia
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Roll Cage
Log Book

If you think the Subaru WRX 22B is rare at 424 units globally then the car you are looking at would have to be the holy grail of Japanese classics.

Only 30 cars were manufactured by Ralliart UK of which 20 were painted Scotia White and a mere 10 finished in Satellite Silver. And this particular Satellite Silver RSX – first registered in the UK and imported into Australia in December 2000 - is believed to be the only one in the country.

To say this is an exceptionally rare car would be an understatement.

What makes the RSX so special, other than its limited run, is it directly benefited from developments made in 1999 by Ralliart UK. Based on the formidable Evo VI RS-2, the RSX does not have Active Yaw Control nor ABS, making it the perfect car for tarmac rallying. And to further add to its motorsport credentials, the car features a lightweight aluminium bonnet and front wings, a stiffer shell, quicker steering and a stripped-out interior. All this resulted in a saving of 110kg over other Evo VI models. And the result? We feel a motoring journalist in the UK summed it up perfectly: “It's an astonishingly effective car, capable of holding huge speed mid-corner and nothing will stay with a well-driven RSX... trying to keep up in a Porsche or Ferrari would be a touch optimistic.”

First registered in the UK in February 2000 as “W165 EOP”, the initial owner of the RSX shipped the car to Australia in December the same year and received ADR compliance approval as a personal import. He enjoyed the car for many years and decided to sell the car to a mechanical engineer in 2008. Within 12 months, the original owner purchased it back from him – the car was simply that good.
After another period of rewarding ownership, the car was sold to its third owner in 2018 who resided in Tasmania and was a motorsport enthusiast. It was during this ownership period that the car underwent an extensive transformation from a road-going performance car to an incredibly capable tarmac rally beast. So capable, in fact, that its driver was crowned the Australian Targa Champion in the Early Modern Category in 2019.

Specifications as follows:

• Turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 inline four-cylinder engine (tuned to 98 RON fuel)
• Evo 9 close-ratio five speed gearbox
• NPC custom carbonic 5 puck button clutch with billet flywheel
• Front and rear limited-slip differentials and transfer case rebuilt by Neat Gearboxes
• Ohlins fully adjustable suspension
• Performance Friction front brakes and Brembo rear brakes
• CAMS logbook
• Surge tank
• Terratrip 202+ Rally computer
• RallySafe ready
• Lightweight battery
• 18-inch Oz Racing Superturismo Dakar wheels
• Dunlop Formula R tyres

A spare set of lightweight Oz Racing 18-inch alloy wheels will be included with the sale, as well as receipts for in excess of $30k worth of maintenance and upgrades that have been carried out on the car during the past five years. It is worth noting that since the car last competed in Targa events in 2019, the car has been in storage apart from necessary fluid changes and road-testing.

Inside the RSX is all business, with a comprehensive Phenberg roll cage (CAMS certified), Sparco winged seats and six-point harnesses. The factory steering wheel has been replaced with a Momo Prototipo unit and to the right-hand side sits an A-pillar mounted LED tachometer with shift light. From a safety point of view, there are two fire extinguishers installed – one in the passenger footwell and another directly behind the driver. The interior of the car presents in excellent condition, with no observable wear. All controls, dials and gauges work as they should, though the owner notes that the engine warning light incorrectly remains lit when the engine is warm, though there is no known engine fault.

Importantly, the car has never been involved in any incident or accident which has caused major damage, including perforation of the exterior or interior panels or substantial damage to the engine, gearbox, chassis or suspension components. Having said that, the seller notes that there is a small crack in the rear bumper and some very minor dents in the rear quarter panels behind the wheel arches. The original paintwork presents in good condition, with some minor blemishes where sponsor stickers have been removed and a number of small stone chips, reflecting the fact that the car has been used as a tarmac rally car. In our opinion, the fact that the RSX is still sporting its original paint only adds to the authenticity of the car.

The car is supplied with a full workshop manual, extensive receipts for work and servicing performed, CAMS logbook, as well as documentary evidence proving that this is a genuine RSX. The odometer reads a mere 70121 kilometres.

This is without question one of the most special and rarest cars that has been listed for sale on this platform. Whether the next owner of the car intends to use it for tarmac rallying or perhaps add the car to an existing collection, this is a very special Japanese classic that we believe will only become even more desirable in years to come.