Jennifer and Darren Vogt like their sports cars. In fact when they first met Jennifer Vogt was driving a Mazda RX7 and Darren Vogt had a Mitsubishi Eclipse.Back in 1997, after the couple had been married Vogt gave his wife a 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT Spyder. The car still has a place in their garage and his wife still drives it when the weather is nice.
The car has about everything one could imagine in a luxury sports car, including a side lumbar support control. Vogt said now a days when they have it on the road people frequently ask what it is because they are not that common anymore. It was his wife's dream car Vogt said. Already Mitsubishi fans they saw the car in the Mitsubishi dealership showroom and had to have it. At that time Jennifer Vogt was driving a Toyota Supra, which Vogt had surprised her with. The Spyder became her daily driver for two years. Then came the family, and the Spyder was not a kid friendly car. No room for child seats in the back.
" So it sat, for years, with only occasional use," Vogt said.They still don't drive it much. It has 47,000 miles on it, when they bought it had 30,000 .
Mitsubishi only built the car for two years, Vogt said he is not sure how many of them are still on the road. In 1995 it was really one of the few hardtop convertibles on the market. Anymore Jennifer Vogt drives the family car while Vogt drives the convertible. Their 15 year-old son, who still has yet to go through drivers education, is close to the age where he may want to drive it.
The Mitsubishi is a looker but not fast. It handles well and runs flawlessly, except for the antenna, which was retractable and at one point stuck up permanently.
"My kids say, Dad, is that an antenna?," Vogt laughed.
"Its a big heavy front end car. It was a good car in it's day but now a Chevy Malibu could out perform it," Vogt said.
Vogt loves his cars and has had a painting made of every car he has enjoyed. He has owned over 30. The only problem is finding the garage space. Vogt has a garage at work where he keeps some of his car collection. He currently owns a Porsche 911 which gets a lot more driving time than the Spyder. Once a year he and his friends go over to Illinois to the Audubon Country Club race track and race their sports car.