One of 1,034: 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder – Sold!
Mitsubishi made some great cars during the 1990s and one of the rarest was 3000 GT Spyder such as this 1995 example listed on Craigslist in Circleville, Ohio (Columbus) where the current caretaker has it listed for an asking price of $11,000. Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Spyder priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $15,200 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $8,600. We do note that similar low-mileage examples have sold above the $20,000 mark on Bring A Trailer during the past year.
Mitsubishi produced the front-engine, all-wheel/front-wheel drive 2+2 hatchback sports coupé from 1990 through 1999 as the 3000GT in the U.S. while Dodge sold a mechanically identical, badge-engineered version called the Stealth through 1996. Japanese Domestic Market (“JDM”) versions were called GTOs. These cars used a version of the Mitsubishi’s Sigma/Diamante platform which relied on a three-liter, transverse-mounted V6 front-wheel-drive platform that also offered all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-steering on performance versions such as the VR4 featured here.
A mild restyle for U.S. bound models featured a restyled bumper to accommodate projector-style headlights that replaced the hidden lamps found on the earlier models. In an effort to boost sales while cashing in on the convertible renaissance of the period, Mitsubishi contracted with American Sunroof Corporation (“ASC”) to develop a retractable hardtop version, which was the first fully automated retractable hardtop since the 1959 Ford Skyliner. Updated interiors featured dual airbags replacing the automatic “mouse” belts of the earlier cars, while the twin-turbo models now produced 320 horsepower and 315 foot-pounds of torque.
Here’s a MotorWeek Retro Review we came across for a similar 1996 model that provides a great perspective on these cars.
3000GT VR4 Spyders rarely come up for sale and we were lucky to come across this one literally minutes after the seller posted it. While very capable performers, all of the technology can be a handful to keep in working order, so make sure you check out everything on this car or better yet, have a pre-purchase inspection completed to know what you are buying and what may need to be addressed. The only non-stock item we notice is the aftermarket cold air intake, so hopefully, the seller can provide the original. These mid-nineties 3000GTs showcase the wealth of innovative technology the Japanese produced and driving this example to any RADwood event will likely gain you a parking spot among the Royalty entries. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1995 mitsubishi 3000 gt spyder retractable hardtop red exterior and black interior almost a show car red paint really pops with a few minor imperfections updated mitsubishi rims and good tires. Less than 90000 actual original miles new headlight bulbs and a full stainless steel exhaust system underside of this vehicle is show room condition. Somehow my original post got flagged. If that flagger has enough courage to call Mark at show contact info i would have removed the offensive portion of the post.
I don’t need any help selling this vehicle but would enjoy sincerely interested buyers please call mark at show contact info mitsubishi only made 1618 of these spyders in 1995 and 1996 with half being automatics and the other half turbo sticks
price reduced on 10/1 to $14500 you must see this vehicle”
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