Mitsubishi 3000gt Spyder 3000GT Spyders


Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder History

A rare special edition version of the 3000GT SL and VR4 came out from 1995 to 1996 named the Spyder SL and Spyder VR4. These convertibles had retractable hardtop, not soft-top roofs. The Spyder was the first hardtop to come out in the US since the Ford Fairlane Skyliner. Speculation that their demand (when considering their outrageous $20,000 markup over the hardtop VR4) was what inspired Mercedes to introduce the SLK has circulated for years. The Spyders were identical to their regular brothers in mechanical and body styling, except for the rims, rear fascia, and in the Spyder VR4, the active aero system. One advantage of these Spyder models was that the extra weight of the motor that retracted the roof in the trunk equalized the weight of the car to near 50:50. However the Spyder suffered from inferior chassis rigidity even with the extra braces in the underbody, and with the excess weight, they were not quite as good at handling curves as their fixed roof counterparts. The Spyder was discontinued in 1997 because of slow sales, but they are still regarded by many as amazing machines to see. The Spyder was never officially available in Europe and Japan. Note: A customization firm in the United States based their entire business on converting normal 3000GTs into soft-top convertibles. These machines should not be confused with the Spyder, which was Mitsubishi designed and built.

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3000GT Spyder's ups and downs.

In 1995 the 3000GT Spyder was available in:
   • Caracas Red with Gray Leather Interior
   • Sable Black with Ivory Leather Interior
   • Glacier White Pearl with Gray Leather Interior
   • Martinique Yellow Pearl with Ivory Leather Interior

In 1996 the 3000GT Spyder was available in:
   • Caracas Red with Tan Leather Interior
   • Solano Black Pearl with Tan Leather Interior
   • Glacier White Pearl with Tan Leather Interior
   • Panama Green Pearl with Tan Leather Interior


 

3000GT Spyder Production Numbers from
Mitsubish Motors North America, Inc.

3000gt Spyder Production Numbers
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Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder Owners Video

 

3000gt Spyder Owners Video Part-1 (05:44)
 
3000gt Spyder Owners Video Part-2 (06:35)
 
 

Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder Production Numbers (Nagoya, Japan Plant: 1,618)
ASC Rancho Dominguez assembly plant: Only 1,034 were completed and offered for sale.
Remaining 584 are assumed to have been dismantled for parts.

 


Spyder VR4 Production

1995 Spyder VR4
 
Exterior Color 
Interior Color 
Red (R71)
Gray (36A)
322
321
Black (X94)
Ivory (36D)
138
138
White (W75)
Gray (36A)
49
48
Yellow (Y99)
Ivory (36D)
13
13
Red (R71)
Cloth (38H)
4
0
Black (X94)
Cloth (38H)
2
0
White (W75)
Cloth (38H)
2
0
Yellow (Y99)
Gray (36A)
1
0
 
 Total 
Nagoya Plant
ASC Numbers
531
520

1996 Spyder VR4
 
Exterior Color 
Interior Color 
Red (R71)
Tan (22E)
184
38
Black (X08)
Tan (22E)
84
20
White (W75)
Tan (22E)
76
21
Green (G84)
Tan (22E)
2
0
 
 Total 
Nagoya Plant
ASC Numbers
346
84*

*Color was not identified for 5 vehicles.
 


Spyder SL Production

1995 Spyder SL
 
Exterior Color 
Interior Color 
Red (R71)
Gray (37A)
184
184
White (W75)
Gray (37A)
95
95
Black (X94)
Ivory (37D)
83
83
Yellow (Y99)
Ivory (37D)
6
6
Red (R71)
Cloth (37H)
4
0
Black (X94)
Cloth (37H)
3
0
Yellow (Y99)
Cloth (37H)
1
0
 
 Total 
Nagoya Plant
ASC Numbers
376
368

1996 Spyder SL
 
Exterior Color 
Interior Color 
Red (R71)
Tan (21E)
152
21
White (W75)
Tan (21E)
115
21
Black (X08)
Tan (21E)
98
20
 
 Total 
Nagoya Plant
ASC Numbers
365
62

 
 

 


1995 Spyder Exterior Colors    
Code
Full Name
Total
 
R71
Caracas Red
514
X94
Sable Black
226
W75
Glacier White Pearl
146
Y99
Martinique Yellow Pearl
21

1996 Spyder Exterior Colors
   
Code
Full Name
Total
 
R71
Caracas Red
336
X08
Solano Black Pearl
182
W75
Glacier White Pearl
191
G84
Panama Green Pearl
2



3000GT Spyder Options (color swatches)

1995 Caracas Red with Gray Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt R71 Caracas Red color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Gray Leather color swatch      

1995 Sable Black with Ivory Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt X94 Sable Black color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Ivory Leather color swatch

1995 Glacier White Pearl with Gray Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt W75 Glacier White Pearl color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Gray Leather color swatch

1995 Martinique Yellow Pearl with Ivory Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt Y99 Martinique Yellow Pearl color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Ivory Leather color swatch

1996 Caracas Red with Tan Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt R71 Caracas Red color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Tan Leather color swatch

1996 Solano Black Pearl with Tan Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt X08 Solano Black Pearl color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Tan Leather color swatch

1996 Glacier White Pearl with Tan Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt W75 Glacier White Pearl color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Tan Leather color swatch

1996 Panama Green Pearl with Tan Leather Interior
Mitsubishi 3000gt G84 Panama Green Pearl color chipMitsubishi 3000gt Interior Tan Leather color swatch