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Ok lads.

I have spent a fair bit of time trying to get to the bottom of the red TME's with red door handles / spoiler blades / black door tops etc. mystery and finally have the answers.

To the community this is perhaps both good news, and not so good news (depending on what your car is).

So, as according to all Mitsubishi literature and archives (I went and asked directly) red TME's with the above mentioned red door handles / spoiler blades / black door tops did not exist.
We also looked through all the parts archives and red door handles or wing blades were never made by Mitsubishi for the TME.

So, how do we have cars with some or all of these and seeming to be original paint?

Well I finally found the answer.

Companies such as MONSTER SPORTS, and some Rally shops (CUSCO also did it a lot with earlier model Evo RS's) bought cars direct from the Mitsubishi factory and repainted them, added some accessories, and then sold them as new cars via their own outlets. Ralliart Pit Workshops also did this a LOT and was one of their major sources of revenue.

MONSTER SPORTS in particular is known for doing this with TMEs and in fact when I was told this I remembered that I had in fact seen some back in the day.
In some cases the cars came with all manner of accessories fitted, or simply all red, a MONSTER SPORT sticker or two and an ECU tune. These cars were still classed as brand new and sold as such with the full Mitsubishi warranty.

Here is the 'top of the line' model, sold like this as a new car with full Warranty. Note door handle and door top colours:



So here's the kicker. If you have a Red TME and it does not have black door handles, white wing blade and or it has black door tops and this all appears original, it will be one of these modified cars and could also possibly not even be an original red TME.
If the model number does not have a 2 at the very end, it is not an original SCP (1 of 212 made). It will be one of several other possibilities.

There were also Evo VI's 'upgraded' to TMEs by these companies (yes interior, mechanicals, bodykit, everything) and also the factory highly possibly during the model cross over period, but generally the body number will reveal what it was/is :mitsi:
 

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This car sold by barry has the red door handles and spoiler and it was the rarest of all red TME's according to barry. Are you saying the likes of this car might not even be a tommi makinen? ?http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=508671
As per my post, the red door handles and black door tops (if not done by an owner at some point), mean that this car was altered by Monster Sports or some other company before being sold to it's first owner. It was not sold by Mitsubishi like this.
As per my post, if the car has a 2 in the right place at the end of the model number on the firewall plate then it left Mitsubishi as a Red Special Colour package.

If there is no 2, and if for example the body number starts with 010, it won't be an original TME. I would think that Barry knows the difference though.

This could be the biggest scandal to hit the mlr since scoobygate 2 weeks ago
I was thinking this as I was writing the post lol. But this argument has been going on too long and I get so may PMs about it I decided to set the records straight.
 

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I was giving that car as an example just and I'm certain barry would knows what hes looking at, even if he did claim it was the rarest of the rare because of the bits mitsubishi didnt actually fit :lol: going by your info :smthumbup
 

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So potentially if it doesn't have black door handles and red door surround it's not one of the 212?
 

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interesting ... but let me ask some questions before i comment ....

so .... all tme's start with cp9a-020 - that makes a tme raglardless ??? correct?

next question red tme with 020 and the 2 on end of model number red door handles red tops of doors ????? which one is this then ????

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So if i paint my 6 red, stick on to TME bits I can get £20k???

Feel bad if people have genuinely paid big money for a red 6 with the TME bits bolted on.

Seen on gumtree last month

TME bumper
Clocks
Seats
Gear gaitor
Steering wheel

£1100
 

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Good insight Antony, were Cusco, Monsters sports and the other shops modifying Evos before sale all in Japan? I assume so. It sure is a minefield for those not armed with the facts.
 

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So if i paint my 6 red, stick on to TME bits I can get £20k???

Feel bad if people have genuinely paid big money for a red 6 with the TME bits bolted on.

Seen on gumtree last month

TME bumper
Clocks
Seats
Gear gaitor
Steering wheel

£1100
The chassis number would be the first thing to check if you where buying a tommi to make sure your not getting bummed.
 

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As long as you have a 020 at the start you have a tme car, regardless of who worked on them and carried a warranty from mitsi ,so basically your saying a white ,blue or some other colour was sent to motor sport company , then they repainted some in red which must have been done from a shell and still given a 020 number or was a 020 number on before going to the motorsport company. Ive heard some crazy things but that sounds crackers.

Its like i say with the fq's in uk , extreame cars etc etc - 1000's of mitsi's went to other places and had things done and re-named - branded etc etc - BUT they all came from the same place --- mitsi japan

barrie
 

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I thought it was common knowledge everyone new a tme starts with cp9a-020xxxx
Agree Barry , are you sure Anthony not on about the model number SNGF number should have a 2 at the end. I thought the cars with the black handles,red door surrounds and strips was SNGF 2 and SNGF was red handles and biack surrounds door trim , but to me both cars are a red Mak
 

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If it's not one of the original 212 I will not be convinced by any importer it should respect the same demand as one of the limited supply that left the factory as intended.

However would I own a MAK which wasn't one of the 212 cars produced, yes.
 

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I thought it was common knowledge everyone new a tme starts with cp9a-020xxxx
Agree Barry , are you sure Anthony not on about the model number SNGF number should have a 2 at the end. I thought the cars with the black handles,red door surrounds and strips was SNGF 2 and SNGF was red handles and biack surrounds door trim , but to me both cars are a red Mak
 
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