Screenshot: Throtl on YouTube

This beautiful-in-black Mitsubishi started out in pretty rough shape. The clearcoat was roached, the interior was past its sell-by date, and all of the mechanicals needed a proper freshening. In this ten minute video, you’ll get to see how the guys at Throtl turned the car from bad to rad!

I’ve always had a soft spot for Mitsubishi 3000GTs, because they look really cool, but I’ve always been wary of them because people have said for years that parts are hard to source and the performance just isn’t worth it. Well, with Supra and RX7 prices skyrocketing out of control, maybe it’s time to give the VR-4 a second glance. Put some elbow grease into a ratty one, and it could look and perform as good as the “Vader VR-4" here.

Some of the modifications are questionable, like the really bad color-changing headlight rings, but overall this looks like a well built car, and the 400 wheel horsepower doesn’t hurt, either. I bet it moves like a scalded cat.

Given the mix of modern and retro sound on the backing track, this 10 minutes goes by pretty quickly. Get into the renovation of this once proud fallen automotive hero. You might just find out you want to build one yourself.

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If you’re an old-school forum build thread kind of car person, Throtl has assembled a few blog posts on the build.