Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), title sponsor of the 29th annual MS Dinner Auction, has announced a national auction of the very first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, 1 of 1,600 produced, to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In order to make the vehicle available to collectors across the country and raise as much money possible, the auction went live on November 11 on eBay, with the bidding concluding on November 21 at the MS Dinner Auction at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California.
The pinnacle of Mitsubishi’s state-of-the-art technology and engineering, the Lancer Evolution, is in its 10th and final year and only 1,600 Final Edition models will be produced for the United States, each carrying a unique numbered plaque. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the National MS Society.
“We are thrilled and grateful Mitsubishi Motors has partnered with us as the title sponsor for this year’s annual MS Dinner Auction,” said Richard Israel, president of the National MS Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter. “With the support of Mitsubishi Motors we are able to fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education, collaborate with MS organizations around the world, and provide programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.”
The Lancer Evolution is revered by gear heads around the world and is arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre. The Final Edition model features a five-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, making the Final Edition the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built with 303 horsepower. The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model and features lightweight two-piece Brembo brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners and Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel Control system.
“Mitsubishi Motors has been involved with the National MS Society for more than 16 years, raising money through a variety of activities and event sponsorships,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “It was only fitting that this year, to enhance our title sponsorship of the event, we donate something that means so much to the brand. By expanding the auction nationally, we hope to increase our donation to a charity that is near and dear to the hearts of everyone at Mitsubishi.”
The society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by MS can live their best lives as it works to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. To fulfill this mission, it funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.