A very rare car indeed, quite possibly the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing? A Galant estate, with underpinnings from the EVO IV, an even bigger twin turbo engine, 4 wheel drive and rare manual gearbox… welcome to the Mitsubishi Legnum.
At a glance:
1996 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 Type-S
2.5 litre twin turbo DOHC 24v V type 6-cylinder (276bhp) 0-60 in 5.4 seconds
Ultra rare 5 speed manual gearbox
Minden Silver Mica Metallic
Cream leather interior
3 private owners
MOT to October 2018
The Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 (and Legnum estate) was the range-topping version of the Mitsubishi Galant originally introduced to comply with the new Group A regulations of the World Rally Championship World Rally Championship. This final version of the VR-4 was introduced in 1996. The engine capacity was enlarged substantially to 2.5 L, which pushed the power up by 15 percent to the Japanese voluntary limit of 206 kW (280 PS; 276 hp). The car was now capable of over 150 mph (240 km/h) when derestricted, and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (0–96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds for the INVECS-II automatic and 5.4 seconds for the manual. The Type-V model could be specified with either the existing 5-speed manual or the optional INVECS II, an advanced self-learning 5-speed semi auto transmission, while the Type-S model offered the optional Active Yaw Control (AYC). This complex rear diff was first seen on the Lancer Evo IV, and used an array of sensors to detect and quell oversteer, giving the ultimate VR-4 great agility for a vehicle of its size and weight. With the eighth generation of the Galant, Mitsubishi introduced an estate (known in many markets as the Legnum) to replace the old 5-door hatchback, and the VR-4 was now available in both body styles.
North America and Europe were denied the Legnum estate model, but the burgeoning grey import trade meant that it developed a cult following in several overseas territories, especially the United Kingdom and Germany.
The history of this car:
The car was first registered overseas and imported in 2007, with only 2 owners since then. It was declared manufactured in 1996, the first year of the 8th generation VR-4.
This car is the Type-S version with AYC and rare manual gearbox. It also has a great full leather interior, whereas the majority of cars had rather odd looking patterned velour seats. The car also has factory option BBS alloy wheels.
This car has covered a low 79,136 miles which equates to under 4,000 miles per year.
Masses of itemised paperwork and receipts, plus the original Japanese service history book, which although mostly unintelligible, shows dates and mileages of services, and plenty of additional paperwork showing very regular servicing since being imported to the UK.
The car will be freshly serviced prior to collection by the new owner.
On the road:
These cars drive exceptionally well, perfect for normal day to day driving, but it also goes like a rocket whenever required. The grip with the AYC and four wheel drive is astonishing in corners, giving you a firm feeling of stability and control for spirited driving. Acceleration is brisk to say the least, with strong pull at any speed. The twin turbo design was intended to correct the traditional turbo lag inherent with single turbo designs, one spools up sooner than the second, which means you get far more instant acceleration throughout the rev range, and far more even acceleration characteristics. This set up was very popular with Japanese manufacturers for their Rally inspired vehicles, nowadays twin turbo efficiency is becoming more common with European manufacturers such as BMW.
The car is fitted with a monstrous 2.5 litre twin turbo DOHC 24v V type 6-cylinder rated at 276bhp at 5,500rpm giving a 0-60 figure of a blistering 5.4 seconds. The engine starts well, ticks over smoothly, accelerates as it should and there is no tappet noise which can be common on these models.
The gearbox is a rare manual, as the majority sold were automatics. It changes gear smoothly and quietly and performs exactly as it should, engaging positively with a good clutch bite point.
Sold with the remainder of MOT until October 2018. The vehicle only required new tyres and front brake pads for the last MOT.
The car is very original and in excellent condition. Some of these cars lead a hard life from overzealous owners or end up being aggressively modified beyond all recognition, but this one appears to have been very well cared for and in original condition except for the addition of a turbo timer and replacement rear exhaust.
According to online sources, there are only 25 of these cars still taxed on UK roads with only a handful of these being in manual guise, which means this car is incredibly rare and desirable.
If you are looking for a practical estate car offering luxury, comfort, and practicality which does 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and costs under £5,000, there’s nothing else that comes close. In addition, this car is one of the well cared for examples, with the top specification which if owned and enjoyed should rise in value in years to come. Offered at an attractive, yet very sensible £4,450.
In essence; this car goes like stink, sticks like glue in the corners and is also very comfortable, luxurious inside and hugely practical. This is an astonishing car, lightning quick, very rare and easily underestimated by those who don’t appreciate what lurks under the bonnet. If you ever need to move large objects from A to B at an astonishingly rapid pace, this is the solution!