My Thoughts on the Eclipse
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My Thoughts on the Eclipse

My Thoughts on the Eclipse

We’ve heard a lot about the solar eclipse coming into view on Monday, August 21. The first question that comes to my mind is, what is the best car to use for eclipse viewing? I can think of a car that would be perfect for almost anybody. This one is simple – it calls for a convertible and the only one it could be is the Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Back in the early 90s when the Eclipse hit the scene as a small, affordable sports car, the company used numerous opportunities to compare it to its namesake. Mitsubishi produced the Eclipse model from 1990 until 2012. I was always a fan of the 90s versions, especially the 2nd generation that was produced from 1995 to 1999. Thinking back on these cars actually brings me a bit of sadness because these days, our options for small sports cars are very limited. The late 90s really were the heyday, not only for small affordable sports cars, but also for Mitsubishi. If you were into cars at all during the 90s, you were probably a fan of the 3000GT. I knew a lot of people back then who owned a Mitsubishi, including a friend whose dad had a Montero, which I always liked. I can’t name a single person today who owns one.

For this article, I would like to focus on the convertible Eclipse, known as the Spyder, that was produced between 1996 and 1999. Believe it or not, there really aren’t that many of them for sale. I searched nationwide and only found 28 used Eclipse models from 1993 to 1999. Only 12 of those are convertibles. Pricing hovers somewhere around the $4,000 mark. The best two in the country are listed below.

This 1999 Spyder GS is for sale at Cooke’s Auto Sale in Chardon, Ohio. It’s black with a black top and has grey cloth seats. It only has 95,000 miles on it and they are asking $4,000 for it. Listing Link

The second one I’m partial to because I love the color red. It’s a 1999 Spyder GS with 173,000 miles (which is a lot) and they are asking $4,620. This one has leather seats and a few more options than the first one I featured and is being sold by Mike Stevens Mitsubishi in Wichita, Kansas.  Listing Link.

I was amazed when I started this search to find out that basically none of these cars are left. They’ve been driven hard, modified, trashed, and crashed – which I think is a real shame. If you or someone you know has an Eclipse from the 90s that is in good shape, I suggest they keep it. Sometime in the future there may be a resurgence of people interested in owning one again to feel the nostalgia.

I hear the weather conditions for viewing a Mitsubishi Eclipse will be perfect on Monday, but the chances of a sighting are rare. (Special glasses not required.)


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