One of Mitsubishi’s most popular autos has reached the end of its production line, but not before raising money to feed the hungry. The last of 1,600 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Editions went to the high bidder through an eBay auction on Sept. 14. The bidding for the final Lancer Evo began at $46,200 and closed at a whopping $76,400. All of the proceeds from the auction support two Southern California food banks: Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. According to Mitsubishi, the winning bid and subsequent donation is enough to provide about 230,000 meals to the needy. The first of the 1,600 also led to a donation of $46,200 to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, making the total charitable donations $122,600 just from number 1 and number 1,600.
Mitsubishi produced the limited run of Lancer Evos as the final version of its 10th generation. Each came with a special nameplate featuring an assigned number, ranging from US0001 to US1600. The Final Edition model boasted a generous 303 horsepower from its light 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine (turbocharged, of course), and a five-speed manual transmission came standard. Buyers had four color options: Rally Red, Octane Blue, Mercury Gray and Diamond White. Number 1,600 came in Diamond White with a black interior and red stitching. The wheels sported sleek Enkei alloy wheels with a dark chrome finish. Of course, every fast car needs its safety features, and the last Evo came complete with anti-lock brakes, a driver airbag, a passenger airbag and side airbags.
While only three generations of the Evo made their way for sale in the US, the model has long been a popular choice for rally races and other speed-related competitions and events worldwide. Though Mitsubishi originally intended to produce the vehicle exclusively for the Japanese auto market during the early 90s, the Evo’s success among racing circuits increased demand in other parts of the world. By the late 90s, Mitsubishi was shipping Evos to Europe and then to the US in 2003. When the automaker decided to end the model’s run to concentrate efforts on electric-powered vehicles, the US-market Final Edition was set to be the last produced worldwide.
Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino—formerly known as Second Harvest—is a food bank serving California’s Inland Empire since 1980. Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is a related food bank located in Irvine.
Auction Cause, a company that specializes in charitable auctions, handled the eBay sale. The listing saw 60 bids before it came to a close after seven days of action. The buyer’s identity or eBay username hasn’t been made public. EBay has become increasingly popular as an online host for auto auctions, charitable or otherwise. Typically, bidders have access to numerous photos of each from different angles to get a feel for what they’re buying, and sellers usually offer the choice between picking vehicles up or allowing the winning bidder to arrange shipping.