The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026

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Lot 39
1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon
Registration no. P66 MRE Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026

£ 50,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 81,000
Amended
The Ex-Richard Burns
1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon
Registration no. P66 MRE
Chassis no. CN9A0008433
Engine no. 4G63TM0026
Odometer reading: 126,880
MOT: 28/10/2022


*Richard Burns' company car while driving for the Mitsubishi Ralliart team
*Authenticated by his co-driver, Robert Reid
*Considerable recent refurbishment and upgrading
*Good history file


Offered here is the ex-Richard Burns Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV that was his company car while driving for the Ralliart team (there is a scan of an old V5 on file showing the car's original owners being Mitsubishi Ralliart Europe). One of Britain's most successful rally drivers, Richard Burns drove for the works Mitsubishi Ralliart team during 1996-1998 in between spells as a works driver with the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team, with whom he would win the World Rally Championship in 2001.
Driving for Subaru, Richard Burns had become the youngest winner of the British Rally Championship, taking the title in 1993. In 1996 he moved to Mitsubishi and while with them secured his first World Rally Championship win, at the 1998 Safari Rally. By the end of the 2001 season, Burns had secured ten WRC victories, but despite a move to new pacesetters Peugeot, there would be no more wins. In November 2003, having resigned with Subaru, Richard Burns was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour, which would eventually prove fatal. Tragically, he died two years later, aged only 34.
During his entire international career, Richard's co-driver was Robert Reid, who used 'P66 MRE' until 1998 when the pair left Ralliart. Robert remembers the Lancer well: "Yes, that was Richard's road car from Ralliart and then I had it up until we left Mitsubishi at the end of 1998. When we went to Prodrive for 1999 I delivered it back to Ralliart. No idea who used it after that."
Notable contents of the history file include the following:

• EVO Buyers' Guide printout
• Copy of Complete Car magazine featuring this car dated May 1997
• Bills on file for over £28,000 over the years including £11,242 in 2019/2020 from Silver Fern Performance for engine and running gear rebuild/overhauls, rust treatment and paintwork
• Full car re-spray invoice dated 2nd May 2020 for £3,100
• £1,800 invoice for rust repairs by Red Fabrication Preparation in December 2019
• Further invoices dated 2013 from Spraycraft for £1,068 for paintwork
• Build sheet/specification dating from 2012 when the engine was built by Group B Motorsport at a cost of around £4,615
• Dynamometer printouts while at Group B Motorsport with a highest readout of 350bhp
• Sales invoice/receipt from Ralliart Works Manager in 1999 confirming sale of the vehicle
• Old invoicing with Ralliart for servicing the car in 2000 and 2001
• Invoice for Ralliart for a tracker installation in 1998 signed by Robert Reid
• MoT certificate expiring 28/10/22
• Current V5C Registration Certificate

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 95 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 24 /25
    Body Work: 5
    Paint: 5
    Glass: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Wheels/Tyres: 4

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 5
    Axles: 5
    Suspension: 5
    Brakes: 5

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Seats: 4
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
    Headlining: 5
    Trim: 5

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 10 /10
    Main components: 5
    Ancillary components: 5

    ENGINE TOTAL: 20 /20
    Starting: 5
    Running: 5
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 5

    Car History File: 4

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The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
The Ex-Richard Burns,1997 Mitsubishi Evo IV Sports Saloon  Chassis no. CN9A0008433 Engine no. 4G63TM0026
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