- Aug 6, 2009
eBay find of the Day: Clarkson's Cheap Car Challenge Mitsubishi Starion [w/VIDEO]
Jeremy Clarkson's Mitsubishi Starion - click above image for high-res gallery
Oh, yes. Think back to when you first really fell in love with Top Gear. For this author, it was actually the Cheap Porsche Challenge. But it may as well have been the Cheap Coupes That Aren't Porsches Challenge that came later. To refresh your memory a bit, May shows up in a hopeless smoking and leaking Jaguar XJ-S. Hammond brings a BMW 635 CSi, which is... fine, though a touch predictable.
But Clarkson shows up in an honest-to-goodness Mitsubishi Starion, complete with a muscular 2.6-liter turbocharged four and gaffer tape holding the rear louvers in place. The boys then bang the cars around the Millbrook Proving Ground before finally grinding the cars to dust in a grass track race. Better still, if you have the quids, the once was red, but now is Mitsubishi Rally livery Starion could be yours.
The seller actually sold the car to Clarkson, then bought it back after the segment was finished in 2005. As Jeremy points out in the clip, this is the last Starion ever registered in Britain. Not only that, but since the BBC show taping, the seller has rebuilt the engine, added a new clutch, redone the cooling system, retuned the suspension and even performed a little bit of body restoration. Still not convinced? Jezza signed the roof of the Mitsu, "this is the best car in the world, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear." Very nice, and remember: Must Bash Hammond. Watch the Cheap Coupes That Aren't Porsches Challenge segment after the jump, and hurry up – you don't have long to get your bid in.
[Source: eBay via Final Gear]