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Autotrader Find: Bright Yellow Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Spyder

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2016

Welcome to one of the most unusual vehicles to come out of Japan in the mid-1990s, the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Spyder.

For those of you who don't know much about the 3000GT, here's a quick rundown of the front-wheel-drive 3000GT and 3000GT SL, and the all-wheel-drive 3000GT VR-4. Base models used a non-turbocharged engine that maxed out at 222 horsepower, while the VR-4 used a 320-hp turbocharged V6. The 3000GT directly competed with 1990s Japanese muscle cars, like the Toyota Supra and Nissan 300ZX, and many people thought it was better.

And then, in 1995 and 1996 only, there was the 3000GT Spyder, a retractable hardtop convertible that was the crown jewel of the Mitsubishi lineup, back when the Mitsubishi lineup still had crown jewels in it.

Owing to its complex and futuristic retractable hardtop, the 3000GT Spyder's price point was absolutely astronomical. Back in 1995, a base-level, front-wheel-drive 3000GT started at $31,700, a midlevel 3000GT SL started at $35,800 and a top-end 3000GT VR-4 Coupe started at $46,600. Those prices are already pretty high, and we're not even to the Spyder.

The base-level 3000GT SL Spyder, which remember, featured front-wheel drive and only 222 hp, started at $62,000. If you wanted a VR-4 Spyder, with that sweet 320-hp engine, the starting price was $69,500. Remember, this is in 1995 dollars. If you convert $69,500 into 2016 money, it's $109,400. For more context: Back then, the Lexus LS 400 started at $52,200 with shipping.

Like all cars, depreciation has set in to the 3000GT world, but not as much as you might expect. This particular example, claimed by the seller to be one of just 14 made in Martinique Yellow, is listed for $32,000, and it's not the cheapest example on Autotrader. It is, however, the most head-turning, and it's offered with only 56,000 original miles by a private seller in North Wales, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.

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