- Price: € 130 000
- Factory Date: 1990
- Telephone: +33 (0)6 09 57 13 33
- City: Nice
- Country: France
- Listed: January 20, 2019 3:33 pm
- Expires: 24 days, 12 hours
- Ad id: 410755
Winner of the 1990 Rallye Côte d’Ivoire Bandama
Works-type chassis prepared by Matter for Patrick Tauziac
restored to original specification
Fascinating Côte d’Ivoire rally history
The Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 is a high-performance model that was available in the 6th- (1988–1992), 7th- (1992–1996) and 8th- (1996–2002) generations of the Galant. Powered by the turbocharged 2-litre 4G63 engine, the VR-4 was also equipped with four-wheel drive and state-of-the-art four-wheel steering. The VR-4 was designed by Mitsubishi to compete in the Group A category of the World Rally Championship. To meet the FIA’s homologation requirement of 5,000 production examples, Mitsubishi made the VR-4 available in North America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and other Asian Pacific markets.
In 1988, the Mitsubishi’s Ralliart performance division homologated the Galant for Group A using the Group B Starion Turbo prototype as the mechanical basis. Between 1988 and 1992, Ralliart Europe ran the car in the WRC throughout Europe, winning three races, Finland and Great Britain in 1989 and Sweden in 1991. The Galant also scored 14 podium finishes with such legendary rally drivers as Ari Vatanen, Timo Salonnen, Jimmy McRae and Kenneth Eriksson.
The Galant VR-4 would also take three consecutive victories at one of the most challenging and arduous rallies, the Rallye Côte d’Ivoire Bandama. Patrick Tauziac, along with Claude Papin at his side, would win the gruelling round in this very Galant VR-4 in 1990. Interestingly, Patrick Tauziac competed in his local rally for nine consecutive years from 1984 to 1992. He first entered the country’s World Rally round in 1984 when he finished 6th in a Mitsubishi Colt. Along with his eventual win in 1990, Tauziac and Papin finished 3rd- and 2nd-overall in 1988 and 1989, respectively. Kenjiro Shinozuka with co-driver John Meadows would also earn back-to-back wins for Mitsubishi in 1991 and 1992. The following year, the Galant gave way to the Lancer Evolution.
This car ultimately survived any further rally use as Mitsubishi simply left their cars behind in Côte d’Ivoire at the end of the season rather than pay the cost to repatriate them. This Galant was found behind the local Mitsubishi dealership and was then exported back to France and restored to its former glory. Documentation includes the homologation certificate from Matter Motorsport – who prepared the original Works chassis and roll cage – confirming the originality of this VR-4 Group A chassis.The car is ready to start a new youth in the Historic Sporting Rally Championship