I’m always looking for more Mitsubishi Junkyard finds, because the Mitsubishi-in-America story has been fascinating ever since the days when the first Mitsubishi product was imported via the Aleutian Islands. The Mitsubishi GTO (which was sold in the United States as the Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Dodge Stealth) didn’t steal many sales from prospective Supra Turbo— or even fourth-gen GM F-body— buyers, but it was still a fairly credible high-performance machine for its day.
Nowadays, though, depreciation has sent the value of all but the most perfect 3000GTs into the realm of the eighth-owner ’92 Plymouth Sundance. This means that moderately beat examples end up in places like this Colorado self-service wrecking yard.
With 220 horsepower out of its 24-valve V6 and optional all-wheel-drive, the 3000GT was pretty quick.
We’ve seen a half-dozen or so Mitsubishi GTOs in 24 Hours of LeMons racing, and they’ve been pretty poor performers (though, to be fair, such cars as the Supra, GTI, and Mustang also fare badly in LeMons racing). Stealths and 3000GTs have managed to squeeze into the upper reaches of the standings several times at LeMons events, but then mechanical problems put them onto the jackstands (note the fuel gushing out of the filler neck on this Stealth in Texas, for example).
Within a few years, I predict that the only 3000GTs left in America will be coddled garage queens, and the occasional example that ends up in the junkyard will be picked clean by owners of those few yars.