Interesting. I've long theorized that both the mk4 and the mk2 would be worth a fair bit one day, much more so then the other gens. Being that the other gens are the development mules (mk4 is the mk3 with all its issues fixed, mk2 is a mk1 with all its issues fixed). Thats cool, but we don't need to get our shorts in a knot about these becoming worth so much that we can't drive them. The highest selling mk2 is still like 20% the cost of the highest selling mk4, and the average selling price of each is even less then that. You can still get deals on mk2s too, theres a nice black 85 for sale locally right now that needs a small ding fixed and to be reinspected, $1800. A really mint low miles one in Victoria too for $7000cdn, and its not that uncommon for lots in between those 2 ranges to pop up.
Sadly the replacement part issue is real. I did the reverse of you guys. I drove a mk2 as a daily from my teen years until just last year, then started driving an 03 Tacoma 5spd instead largely as it was getting too hard to get common replacement parts locally.
That Conquest looks really nice. Wish I'd seen it when it was first listed on the 15th, but now there's barely four days to go. I should probably be searching the web every day and not wasting time posting here, huh?.
I've a couple buds who have had them. Super cool cars, but inferior to ours in a couple key ways actually. The transmissions aren't great, too fragile for a japanse turbo car. The stock efi is garbage, throttle body injection. I was reading on wikipedia that they got upgraded to port injection though, just not sure if we actually got it here. Maybe just the 89s? Last, the heads suck. SOHC, not much you can do with them, everyone hates them. But anyways, the aftermarket has worked around most of the problems, and if your into keeping it stock they aren't too big of a deal.
I had an 87 ESiR. Great looking and handling car. Hated the electronics issues (like with most Mitsubishis). Motor had lots of low end due to large displacement and small turbo, but ran out of steam in the upper RPMs. The heads were weak between the valves and would often develop a crack when boost was upped. Loved owning the car though.
I'd just be into keeping one bone stock and taking it to car shows. Everyone at the local car shows has seen my current fleet a bazillion times and people aren't stopping to look or ask questions anymore. I haven't gotten anything new to show in eight years, so really I was just kinda getting the itch to get something different. I gravitated to a Starion for no other reason than that, like the Supra, I wanted one back when I was high school and college. But there were a LOT of cars that I wanted back in high school and college as well as plenty that I've wanted since. I just talked to a friend in Philly that I'd trust his judgement who said he might be able to inspect it for me, but I haven't gotten in touch with the seller yet. Being a holiday weekend, I'm not going to hold my breath.
About fell out of my chair when scrolling thru the 2020 Tamiya kit releases from the Nuremberg toy fair. I think they may only be releasing the XX in Japan and the LBGP car in the US. The XX looks like it comes out late March in Japan. I believe these is first time these have been reissued...