Fallen Favorite: 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT 47K Survivor – Sold?

by | Nov 2023 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Free For All Friday

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January 5, 2024, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “ClassiFIND” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Many consider the 1990s the golden era for Japanese automobile manufacturers, especially when looking back on all the great high-performance coupes of the period. Unfortunately, while they still offer excellent, high-quality automobiles, most modern Japanese offerings are bland, nondescript cars offering very little in the way of innovative, performance-oriented innovations.  Mitsubishi is at the top of the list of Japanese manufacturers that are a shadow of their 1990s greatness.

Through their Diamond Star partnership with Chrysler Corporation, Mitsubishi offered a variety of well-regarded sports coupes throughout the 1990s.  While the Eclipse was an excellent entry-level performance hatchback throughout the 1990s, further up the brand’s hierarchy was the 3000GT and its brand-engineered twin, the Dodge Stealth.  These models’ top-trim VR4 and R/T versions offered a bevy of high-performance goodies that included four-wheel-steering, all-wheel-drive, and high-performance turbocharged and intercooled V6 engines.  For budget-conscious consumers, the base 3000GT and Stealth models offered decent performance in a roomy, front-wheel-drive, two-door hatchback body style.

This Red 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT for sale, first spotted on Craigslist in Marion, Massachusetts (Cape Cod) in November 2023, is a 47.3K survivor-quality example featuring the desirable five-speed manual transmission.  The seller reports they have owned their Mitsubishi 3000GT for the past twenty-three years, averaging only eight hundred miles annually. More importantly, the seller notes that despite the ultra-low mileage, they have maintained the car well for nearly a quarter century.

Last offered for $15,000, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask aligns with this guide’s six-month results for all second-generation Mitsubishi 3000GT produced between 1994 and 1996.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can get a sense of what comparable examples sold for recently:

As a second data point, the downloadable 2023 Old Cars Price Guide Big Book confirms the seller’s ask falls between this guide’s #2 “Fine” estimate of $11,900 and it’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,000 for a completely stock example.

The 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT, a flagship sports car, exemplifies the pinnacle of Japanese automotive engineering during the 1990s. This vehicle, also known as the GTO in specific markets, boasts cutting-edge technology, aerodynamic design, and powerful performance that set it apart in the competitive sports car landscape.

Under the sleek hood of the 1996 3000GT lies a formidable powerplant. The base model has a 3.0-liter V6 engine with an impressive 222 horsepower.

The 1996 3000GT features a sleek and aerodynamic design that epitomizes the styling trends of the era. The low-slung profile, pop-up headlights, and smooth curves contribute to its futuristic and aggressive appearance. The exterior is not just about aesthetics; it also incorporates functional design elements to improve aerodynamics and cooling.

Inside the 1996 3000GT, drivers and passengers are treated to a well-appointed cabin that combines comfort with a driver-centric focus. The cockpit-style layout places controls within easy reach, emphasizing the car’s performance-oriented nature. Leather-trimmed seats provide both support during spirited driving and comfort during long journeys.

Technological advancements of the time are evident throughout the interior. The 3000GT features a comprehensive digital dashboard that provides real-time information about the vehicle’s performance. Climate control, cruise control, and a premium audio system enhance the driving experience.

The 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT incorporates a range of safety features, showcasing Mitsubishi’s commitment to driver and passenger well-being. Anti-lock brakes (ABS), dual airbags, and a reinforced body structure improve the car’s safety profile.

The 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT remains a testament to Mitsubishi’s engineering prowess and commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive technology. Its blend of performance, design, and innovation solidifies its place as an iconic sports car from the 1990s. While the 3000GT is no longer in production, its influence can be seen in the continued evolution of sports cars and Mitsubishi’s ongoing pursuit of automotive excellence.

The My Old Car YouTube Channel provides this look back on the Dodge Stealth and Mitsubishi 3000GT 1990s performance coupes:

Based on the excellent pictures, this red survivor-quality 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT for sale appears to be nicely maintained. Proof of the extremely low mileage is in the light tan leather seats, which the seller presents as being in new condition.  This front-wheel-drive 3000GT for sale represents a cost-effective alternative to the much more expensive, all-wheel-drive VR4 version.

If you are serious about buying this survivor-quality 3000GT for sale, you can start the conversation by using the contact information provided by the seller in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please mention that you saw their well-cared-for Mitsubishi featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s detailed description:

“Treat yourself to a car you’ve been waiting for all your life. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a sports classic in PRISTINE CONDITION with EXTREMELY LOW MILES AND RARE Interior/Exterior COLOR COMBINATION. Its ALL ORIGINAL with special edition factory-installed custom seats.
It’s in mint, almost brand new condition, has EXTREMELY LOW MILEAGE and has been BABIED ITS ENTIRE LIFE!
I have most of the maintenance records along with the dealer’s original brochure.
Recent Work:
Oil Change
New battery this April
A/C compressor last year
Replaced Timing belt, Auto Tensioner, Clutch Master, Slave Cylinder, and flushed coolant in 2014 with 46,662 miles on it
Ask yourself do you want an awesome sports car, get a lot of attention, and enjoy the ride of your life? Well, look no further. This is the CAR! There is no better GIFT for you for someone special.


This Mitsubishi 3000GT beauty comes in a hot red exterior, a white factory custom 3000GT leather interior, and a gorgeous red Mitsubishi emblem. The dashboard is black with two-tone tan and white interior door panels – one of the prettiest combinations you’ll find. The engine, exterior, interior, seats, and trunk compartment are all in mint condition. Always garaged and never ridden in the snow and pretty much never in the rain unless caught in it. Beautiful custom after-market chrome mag rims have been thrown in along with the original rims. Hatchback comes with a rear cargo cover to conceal your valuables.

A real head turner – people look wherever you go. Has a 5-speed stick shift with AM/FM Radio/Cassette/Equalizer Tuner with 6 CD changer in trunk. Real LOW MILEAGE – only 47,300 miles on it. I’ve owned it for 23 years and driven it less than 800 miles per year for that period.

This car is only going to INCREASE in value. One of the best all-time sports cars ever to be manufactured. You’ll be hard-pressed to find one in as nice a condition as this one and this beautiful color combination.

Feel the horsepower in this sports car with the smooth shifting of gears. It looks like a Lamborghini and drives like a Lexus. It’s one of the smoothest riding sports cars you’ll ever ride. On top of the ride, when you close the door, you don’t hear the sound of cheap metal closing but solid doors that seal the shut, making it feel like you’re in a spaceship.

Come on down and take a look, but please, no tire kickers. A true car enthusiast or collector will flip for this car. I guarantee you the first person who comes and looks at it will buy it!

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