1996 Mitsubishi FTO GPX
Rarer 197bhp GPX model with auto/tiptronic 'box; JDM spec with howling 2.0 V6 MIVEC - lots of fun
Dating from 1996 this (pre-facelift) quirky, angular JDM spec 2+2 coupe features the howling transversely mounted 2.0 DOHC V6 24valve engine, developing here, in rarer and more desirable GPX guise 197bhp with MIVEC technology, driving the front wheels via 4-speed automatic/tiptronic transmission which was claimed to 'learn' the driver's driving style in tiptronic/manual mode for later driving in auto mode.
The spec of the GPX model includes 4-piston callipers up front, side skirts, 16inch alloy wheels, rear boot spoiler, automatic air conditioning and optional rear spoiler, as fitted to this car. Finished in grey with grey cloth interior with sports seats its a cool little package with pokey engine and typically 90's JDM looks which are growing in appreciation and demand. Showing 79,900 km on the clock (unwarranted) its unclear if this is all Km, or a mix, as many imports had their clocks changed to record in Mph and therefore have a mixed odometer history.
The history file includes only the V5C showing the car was imported to the UK in March 2005 since when its had 6 prior owners to the current and fresh MOT valid until March 2022 with four advisories recorded. The earliest MOT online in 2006 shows the car had covered an indicated 27,003km/miles showing consistent, regular use throughout the years following until 2016 when it looks to have been off the road until this year.
The car presents well for its 25 year age with a few marks commensurate with that and we note the wheels would no doubt benefit from a refurb, but it looks to be an honest little sports coupe and a lot of fun. Interesting fact relating to the FTO, the model name means -"Fresh Touring Origination: a touring model overflowing with freshness, youthfulness and originality" - how terribly Japanese!
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