Here in the U.S., Mitsubishi's star has dimmed of late. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Pajero is from when it burned more brightly, although even it had to be privately imported. Let's see if its price is a bright idea too.
Do you notice that you never hear about anyone 'going postal' anymore? It seems as though our friends in the blue shorts have come to terms with their anger issues. In fact, the term 'going postal' probably lacks relevance for a whole generation of individuals.
Me? I never understood just what got them so upset in the first place. After all, they got to drive around in trucks - or tiny Jeeps - that were all right-hand drive. How cool would that be? Now, for those of you living in England or Japan, or anyplace else where they nominally drive of the left, that might not seem like a big deal. However, for those of us who live in places where we drive on the right side of the road - the right side of the road - that's pretty dang cool.
Speaking of RHD and cool, check out this 1991 Mitsubishi Pajero which is both of those things, and a turbo diesel to boot. These trucks were sold here as both the Montero and the badge engineered Dodge Raider. They also were addressed as Shogun in Great Britain, while in the homeland, Mitsu called them Pajeros, which apparently is some sort of South American Pampas cat.
The first generation debuted in the 1982 with a shorty-short 3-door body style, and a longer wheelbase 5-door debuted just a year later. A number of different engines - both fours and sixes - would find their way under the Pajero's hood, and in this car's case, the mill is a 2,476-cc turbocharged diesel four.
That 4D56 is way different from the 3.0 V6 that was offered in the U.S. spec Montero at the time, but then again, by 1991 the only body style available here in the States was the 5-door, the 3-door having been given the heave-ho.
So, diesel, 3-door, RHD - this truck has it all, right? Well, it sure seems to have a lot going for it, that's for sure. Let's dig a little deeper.
The ad claims 139,000 miles on the 4wd, and 33" BFGs on AR steelies. There's also a tube frame roof rack and library ladder on the hatch to access it. In front of that is an LED light bar for lighting up your life.
On the inside it's all your typical Montero, only bass-akwards, including the dash-top triple gauge cluster that tells you things like incline, volts, and whatnot. The upholstery looks good and the only apparent negative in there seems to be the big-ass speaker box taking up valuable kegger space in the boot.
The seller says that he has a clean title for the car and that it's licensed for the road in Washington state. I'm starting to get the impression that if your grandma had wheels you could license her in Washington.
Regardless, it seems to be on the up and up legality wise, but still the seller says that he doesn't drive it enough to keep it in the family. That's why it's now offered at $8,000, and is why you now need to decide if that's a deal or not.
What do you think, is eight-grand a fair price to be on the right in this Pajero? Or, is 'no way' the only thing left to say?
H/T to PicoFarad for the hookup!
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