The Mitsubishi Eclipse was a popular compact sports car, which was originally produced from 1989 to 2011. It was originally a sister car, sold under the names Plymouth Laser and Eagle Talon, but subsequent generations shifted it farther away from those shared roots towards a sportier model.
The Eclipse Spyder convertible top became available in the second generation, from 1995-1999. The Spyder featured one of the higher trim levels, in addition to either a 141hp engine (the Eclipse GS Spyder) or a 210hp engine (on the Eclipse GS-T Spyder). The third generation Spyder got a popular boost when it was featured in the movie “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
The final Mitsubishi Eclipse rolled off the assembly line in 2011 and was auctioned off that September for charity. It was created with fan input, through the Mitsubishi Facebook page. (Instead of a convertible top, it featured a sunroof.) The car sold for $35,000, with proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross to aid victims of the then-recent earthquake and tsunami.