• Sep 2, 2011
Mecum is set to auction off the very last Mitsubishi Eclipse ever produced at its Normal, Illinois plant.

The 2012 Eclipse Coupe packs the company's 3.8-liter V6 engine and is equipped with the SE package – the only car in the model's history to receive that combination. The Eclipse marks the end of 22 years of continuous production with Kalapana Black paint, 18-inch wheels and SE side graphics. The interior, meanwhile, is laden with leather seats, a 650-watt Rockford Fostgate sound system, rearview camera and HID headlights.

The very first Eclipse rolled off of the line in 1989, and 980,000 vehicles have carried the nameplate since then. That figure makes the Mitsubishi the best-selling Japanese sportscar of the past 20 years, according to Mecum.

The last Eclipse will be featured in the annual St. Charles Auction at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. The auction is set to kick off on September 17 at 1:55 pm with no reserve, and Mitsubishi has promised to donate the proceeds of the sale to Japan's Red Cross.The event is open to the general public with a $15 entry fee. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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MECUM TO OFFER LAST PRODUCTION 2012 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE DURING ST. CHARLES AUCTION

Proceeds from Special Edition Car to Benefit Japan Red Cross

MARENGO, Ill. - Mecum Auctions will sell a special 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Coupe SE 3.8L - after 22 years, the very last production Eclipse to ever come off the assembly line and the only V-6 to receive the SE package - during their annual St. Charles Auction, Sept. 15-18, 2011, at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Ill.

The special-edition Eclipse was custom built by Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. to commemorate the end of Eclipse production and to be auctioned at no reserve with all proceeds to be donated to the Japan Red Cross earthquake relief. This rare, one-of-one vehicle features a Kalapana Black paint scheme that was selected by the Mitsubishi Facebook community, 18-inch Dark Argent wheels, SE lower side graphics, sunroof, leather interior, 650w Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio system with SiriusXM, hands-free Bluetooth phone interface, rearview camera and HID headlights.

Mitsubishi began producing the iconic Eclipse in 1989, selling four generations of the model over the last 22 years. Total sales since production started is 980,000 cars, making the Eclipse the best-selling Japanese brand sports car of the last 20 years.

"Our goal with this Mitsubishi Eclipse SE was to create a very special car that would best honor the closing of this vehicle families' chapter, built at our Normal, Illinois facility," said Greg Adams, VP Marketing & Product Planning at Mitsubishi Motors North America. "We believe this one-off 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse SE will become a highly collectible automobile, and we are excited to work with Mecum Auctions to offer it to collectors at their high-energy events."

Mecum will auction the Mitsubishi Eclipse (Lot S100) on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1:55 p.m. The sale will be broadcast live on Mecum's national TV show "Mecum Auto Auction: Muscle Cars & More" on Discovery Communications' HD Theater.

The St. Charles Auction is open to the general public with tickets available at the door for just $15 per day. For more information or to become a registered bidder for this auction, visit www.Mecum.com or call 815.568.8888.


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      emperor koku
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Eclipse already died in 1999.
      ammca66564
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be surprised if they got sticker for it.
      Carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Eclipse but its overpriced. The Genesis and Mustang are cheaper in comparable trim and are RWD. Its a losing proposition when dealing with an informed client. Its not a bad car but hasnt been given proper attention since the AWD Talon existed/
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carnut0913
        And overweight, which is why that pig needs a 3.8 V6. I can't count the number clapped-out Eclipses I've seen on the roads.
      Typebad
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is a shame to see the end of this survivor. It held its own when there were FWD coupes everywhere. (Prelude, 240SX, Celica, Ford Probe, Corrado, Mazda MX-6, and probably a few others I forgot) and when they all disappeared one-by-one, the Eclipse soldiered on with barely a dent in its sales. In fact, it was Mitsu's best seller during those times. With a turbo-4 and AWD, the GSX models were ahead of their time, an absolute blast to drive and even a bit forgiving to those of us with more enthusiasm than talent. Its a shame they mis-read the market with the bigger, clumsier 3rd & 4th gen. models. The Eclipse was just never at home with that larger Galant/Endeavor platform. I agree that a move to the Lancer platform with the various combinations of EVO bits would have kept this coupe at the top of its class, but it was not to be. Fair well Eclipse, thanks for the memories.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Typebad
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      stuck in 90s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont see anything special with this car, i dont see why anyone would pay more than what it's worth... how could this be a collector's item??
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stuck in 90s
        It isn't.
        Devin Christiansen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stuck in 90s
        Did you read anything?
          stuck in 90s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Devin Christiansen
          I did read the article, but did you read between the lines of my comments? First or last, this car just doesnt transpire any emotion to me... and the design is simply grotesque (but that's subjective). For me, and like someone said "emperor koku", the Eclipse died already in 1999. I could have never like this last gen Eclipse. Kills my eyes. Personally, i would not pay one cent more for this car, even as the last one. I would simply not buy one at all. I am glad some of you do enjoy it tho.
        KAG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stuck in 90s
        Did you read the title to the article, it is the last one built
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      I so dearly wanted one of the first-gen triplets, the Talon most likely. Sometime around 1990-ish.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's sad to see a manufacturer just give up. What the hell happened to Mitsubishi?
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      That car + Evolution X drivetrain = winner. Seriously, Mitsu would have sold a ton of them if they had done that. Modern day GSX.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        Saw the 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart Concept at the Cleveland Auto Show. It was pretty much what a proper 4th gen GSX would have been. It had the Evo 8's engine and drivetrain, if they made it I don't know if I would have went with my Neon SRT-4. When they decided not to make it was when Mitsubishi started their decline in my opinion.
        Xedicon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jason
        That's one of the best production ideas I've ever heard!
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks better than a 2012 Camry
      Jake S
      • 3 Years Ago
      In deference to all the comments posted here, I bought a 2003 Eclipse GTS and with a few simple mods, I turned it into a little speed demon and it drove like a bat out of hell. For its time, it was fun to drive and looked nice and sporty. I got a lot of compliments on it and reluctantly let it go before the Kapalana Black paint job turned to crap, which it was prone to do. The Eclipse paved the way for a lot of tuners out there and deserves at least some kudos for that. I'm sad to see it come to such a sorry end, but at some point, Mitsubishi USA stopped building fun and turned to the SUV market to satisfy our fat American asses. Oh well.
      Tourian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love or hate the last generation, the car had a good run. At least it is getting a noteworthy send off. I don't remember the last Toyota Celica or the last Honda Prelude being auctioned off, those and other models like it just got unceremoniously axed with little fanfare. All you guys complaining about no more turbo AWD DSMs weren't buying enough of them new to keep the car around. the much maligned 3G was the best selling Eclipse of them all. I have had a 1G GSX and a 2G GS-T, so I am missing the car as much as anybody, but I do realize they needed to go after the dollars and turbos weren't it. Cheaper to produce and maintain FWD V6s were better selling and more profitable (at least from 2000-2004). Oh yeah, and those complaining about the weight, well unfortunately they had no choice. Normal was tooled up to build Galants and everything that came out of there was built on that platform. Eclipses have ALWAYS ridden on chopped Galant platforms, so it would follow that as the Galant grew (and the Endeavor came along) the Eclipse would grow with it. Yeah, I would have liked to have seen the Eclipse move to the Lancer platform but the cheap FWD personal car is a dying segment, and no way Mitsu had the cash to take the gamble to redevelop the car. Especially in a market where all the more credible and lucrative players have pulled out. So quit talking trash, very few of you would pay the 30+ grand a new GSX would probably cost anyway, most of you'd just post about how some other car X is way better and from a more popular company you rather jockey. For the rest of us, there's still plenty of old DSMs to scoop up used.
      Commentotron
      • 3 Years Ago
      When they dropped AWD and the turbo they ceased being anything other than a swoopy civic.
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