The Mitsubishi Eclipse has been around for 22 years and four generations, and in the early part of its life, the car defined “affordable performance.” The first and second generation cars could be had with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive, and the AWD cars (and their badge engineered cousins, the Eagle Talons) dominated both club and pro racing for years.
Sadly, when the third generation and fourth generation cars came out (in 2000 and 2006, respectively), it was clear that Elvis had left the building. In fact, the 2000 and later cars are probably best equated to the fat Elvis, who spent his final years in a pill and food induced haze, before dying ingloriously on the toilet. Like Elvis, the Eclipse once had so much promise, but also like Elvis the end came too soon.
We won’t mourn the passing of the Eclipse, since it died for us long ago. Still, we remember the car for what it once was (and in the hands of the die-hard faithful, what it still is). If the Mitsubishi Eclipse is your thing, you’ll want to pay close attention: Mecum is auctioning off the last Eclipse ever built to raise money for the Japanese Red Cross and help the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami. The no-reserve auction will take place on Saturday, September 17th, during Mecum’s St. Charles, IL event.
The car is one-of-a-kind, featuring both the 265-horsepower V-6 and the commemorative SE package. It’s finished in Kalapana Black, with 18-inch Dark Argent wheels, a sunroof, leather seats, a 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, Bluetooth phone integration, a rearview camera and HID lighting. It’s also the last Eclipse to ever roll off the assembly line, so the value will only go up (in theory at least).
Interested? Hit the Mecum Auction site for details on how to become a registered bidder.
Source: Mecum Auctions