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Autotrader Find: Stock, Low-Mile 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

If you’re like me, you probably thought there weren’t any unmodified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models left from the car’s early years in the United States — specifically the mid-2000s. Frankly, if you’re like me, you probably thought there weren’t any unmodified Evo models left, period. But this one proves there are still a few out there.

This is a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and it’s completely unmodified and untouched since it was sold new 16 years ago. That’s a huge surprise for a car so well-known for modification and tuning — and an even bigger surprise is that this car has gone just 24,000 miles from new, meaning it’s barely been driven since it was first sold. That’s rare for a vehicle so clearly designed as a driver’s car.

According to the Carfax report, this Evo was sold new in the San Francisco Bay Area back in 2003, and stayed with its first owner through 2016. Since then, it’s bounced around to several owners — in both California and Arizona — likely uncertain about exactly what to do with a "pristine" Evo. This car will surely be worth big money one day, but it’s hard to justify driving it — and using it — when it’s such a clean example.

Now it’s offered for sale at CNC Motors in Upland, California, east of Los Angeles, and it can be your museum-piece Evolution — a rare, perfectly preserved example of one of the most exciting Japanese cars of the mid-2000s.

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