• May 7, 2008

There's an old saying, you only want what you can't have. It holds particularly true in the context of Australia's Mitsubishi 380. The vehicle's Adelaide manufacturing facility was recently shuttered, partially due to lack of interest in the six-cylinder sedan. However, the vehicle's cancellation announcement ended up increasing demand for the final batch of 380s to roll off the assembly line. For that reason, Mitsubishi decided to auction off the final car to its suddenly sentimental Aussie dealers. The last domestically produced 380 ended up fetching $100,000 Australian dollars ($93,364) after all was said and done, which is more than three times its MSRP. John Hughes Mitsubishi, a Perth, Australia dealership, coughed up the cash for the winning bid. Mitsubishi also gave it the honor of choosing a charity to benefit from the proceeds of the sale. Knowing that the 380 in Australia is basically a Down Under-ified version of the Galant on sale in North America, is there any circumstance under which you could imagine paying that much for a Galant?

[Source: Ward's Auto]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      What Ford`s 500 could have been? Not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it was filled with cocaine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      tell those aussie's that we've got just what there looking for.

      A GT500KR. and its priced Just right.


      • 6 Years Ago
      Call me simple, but if I had $100k at my disposal, I think I would just *give* the money to charity, instead of getting a Galant in exchange for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, if Charlize Theron riding shotgun is part of the deal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHAHA.... I dont think that I could imagine paying anything more than 1/3rd retail price for that... much less 3 times. People are soo easy to seperate from their money. Does this dealer plan on flipping this car? To someone even stupider than himself? With all the great cars that are available in Australia, I just don't see how this makes sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No offense to my friends in Perth, but when I lived there for a year, I noticed that due to the economic boom going on there, people from Perth tend to throw large sums of money around for no reason!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally the ONE GOOD CAR Mitsu make, and then they can it all! haha All my experiences with Mitsu's are just horrible, esp with the auto trans!
      This book I read recently helped explain to me which are good cars to buy and why, i think it was http://www.total-driving.com where I got the book from!
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow that just seems ridiculous.. at least it's going to charity
      • 6 Years Ago
      well the money is going to charity... I have to say, I wouldn't pay even a third of that price for a Galant
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually the Galant is the 380 exported to the US. The 380 was created by an Australian design group within Mitsubishi. Then was released to the rest of the world.

      And the main reason the 380 failed was Mitsubishi did to good a job with the previous generation Magna. The Magnas pretty much lasted indefinately, there was no point to upgrade to the new model.

      Unlike Fords and Holdens the Mitsubishis didnt wear out after 18 to 24 months requiring an upgrade. My AWD Magna was only retired last year (for a new Lancer VRX that uses less fuel) after 10yrs and close on 400,000 km, same engine, drive chain, body. Only work ever done on it was regular maintenance and change the timing belt every 100,000k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        First off, I own a 380 VRX and have driven almost every type of Magna, Verada and 380 made since 2002. But there are some glaring issues in your comment.

        The 380 started life in America as the Galant before it came to Australia where our engineers had to make it look less retarded and drive better, a job I think they did quite well.

        The first AWD Magnas available were made in approximately 2002 and I think went on sale in early 2003 so how the hell can you possibly have one that is 10 years old?

        The 380 is a great car, it had more features and drove better/faster than an Aurion, Falcon or Commodore despite the imaginary figures that Toyota, Ford and Holden create for their cars.

        ONE of the reasons the plant shut down is because nobody was buying the cars, the build quality was the best in Australia but then again large FWD V6's aren't a big market here. There are many other factors as to why the plant shut, many of them are a reflection of global economics. One of the reasons why the Magna sold so well was because it could be exported to the USA. The 380 WAS NOT exported from Australia except to New Zealand.

        Magnas do last a very long time, but that isn't the reason why the factory was shut.
      • 6 Years Ago
      P-U
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