1999 FTO Version R Aero Series - RARE 5 Speed Manual. White (W83)
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FTO Version R Aero Series - RARE 5 Speed Manual.
This is a very rare Version R FTO, in pristine condition, well above the typical quality you'll find in the UK. If you've been looking for an outstanding example of an FTO, you'll find this hard to beat for quality and price!
The FTO is a unique car, with only 13,690 MIVEC examples made between 1994-2000. Official Mitsubishi figures show that only 350 GP Version R's were produced as facelift 1997 + models (- Only 30 5 Speed manual Version R's were produced in 1998 before production of this model stopped. Information - official figures obtained from Mitsubishi Japan).
FTO Japan market History: In 1995 the FTO won the prestigious Japanese Car of the Year award - the first time a sports car had done this since Toyota's MR2 ten years earlier in 1984. Despite being front wheel drive, the FTO handles very well, with excellent balance and poise. It's been compared to the DC2 Integra Type R, which is considered by many to be the no. 1 best handling FWD ever made, although the FTO is more refined and arguably prettier too! The Mivec engine is a 24 valve V6 with variable valve timing. There's good low down torque available, or the unmistakable howl this car makes at higher revs (Especially with a good uprated exhaust and induction kit!)Facelift models are of better spec. than pre 1997 models. However, due to there being no model report available for MIVEC models, from 2004 April till recently, it's not been possible to import these to the UK. This example, being 10 years old now, is only the 4th facelift example we have sourced in over 3 years - and far better than most of the other FTO's we see. Those are sad tired examples which we wouldn't consider importing to UK!
Features: The Version R Aero Series - Facelift model is the rarest most sought after of all FTO models, for good reasons! This is the lightweight model which Mitsubishi built with reduced sound deadening, a lightweight air conditioning system, Limited slip differential, Rallyart strut brace, HID headlights, Signature high backed sports seats (In red or blue, depending on exterior colour), Momo 3 spoke SRS steering wheel, a unique rear spoiler and Version R detail emblems, including one for the front bumper on the passenger side. The Aero series carried original option factory skirts - same as on GPX models. View for more details! Equipment also includes: Original Rallyart front rear strut tower bars, Factory tinted glass, power windows, power steering, remote controlled door mirrors, central locking, rear screen integrated radio aerial, adjustable wipers, tilt adjustable steering column and facelift front bumper. Note also this example has the optional marker lights integrated in the bumper. This car also has original option rubber wind deflectors. Inside, there's Kenwood DPX-6100 MD 200W CD/MD/Radio complete with uprated Pioneer speakers at each corner (Incl. remote tweeters on the front doors). The dashboard trim panels and door speaker grilles have been painted in metallic blue.Test Drive: We drove this car thoroughly and found it drives beautifully - as it should for a low mileage example. It's got a very eager engine which pulls hard in the MIVEC zone, right up to the redline, with a satisfying rasp. The factory fitted LSD provides excellent traction, whilst the suspension allows you to really throw the car into corners with confidence! Gearbox is sweet – working perfectly of course, and brakes are excellent too. This drives like a new car. Note in the boot there's a car cover, yet another sign of the great care this car's had lavished on it.
Condition report: Usually, most FTO's are in poor condition, nowadays - this is one of the most exceptional example we've come across for a long time! Note it has absolutely no rust on the underside and the original exhaust is also corrosion free. Being a non-smoker's car, there are no burn marks to report and as it's very low mileage, the seats aren't worn much either. The only fault we found inside was a small crack to the gear shift surround panel. Prior to photographing, we carefully washed and inspected the bodywork. As pictures show, this car's in stunning condition - There's a couple of very small pin dents, one on the rear driver side quarter and one on the driver's door (Hard to photograph as it's white). On the front bumper there are some touch up marks and also some on the rear bumper, driver's door mirror and blemished paint on the rear spoiler blade. We'll be putting these minor faults right professionally as part of full UK ust small attention to details - so when this car goes out, it'll look much like new. This car has also been regularly serviced notably the timing belt was changed at 73,647km (45,771 miles) on 30th November 2006.
This FTO GP Version R is available currently in Japan, ready for shipping on the first available vessel to UK. Available at £6,795 OTR complete with new MOT, fully valetted, in perfect condition, complete with 6 month's road tax and full UK registration. A comprehensive 12 month UK warranty is included also. Alternatively, if preferred we can supply for DIY UK preparation at £5,995. Note this car can also be supplied for export to other countries.This car is currently on route to UK and will arrive mid July. Now it's on it's way there - we anticipate a strengthening of interest - being an original condition completely corrosion free (Including underneath!) example. A deposit of £1,000 secures. Please Contact us to reserve this car. Don't delay as it's unlikely we'll find another manual Version R like this again (Our last FTO customer had been searching for a good manual Version R for over a year).
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