Lot 193 - 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution
|Odometer reading||149,500 km|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
The Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution or PajEvo for short, was built from 1997 through to 1999 as a means of sneaking into the Dakar Rally's production-based T2 class. The Dakar Rally is dubbed the toughest car race in the world, and building a car for it is a serious task. The car is powered by a 3.5 litre 24-valve DOHC V6; a dual plenum variable intake helps to increase power and a new suspension makes the ride even smoother. Power output from the 3.5 litre V6 is 280p, whilst maximum torque is 35.5kgm (348.1Nm)/3000rpm. The car hosts a five speed auto Tiptronic gearbox, switchable 4 or 2 wheel drive and is spec'd with climate control, power steering, air bags, electric windows, heated mirrors, Recaro seats and carbon fibre dash, full tool kit, emergency flare, limited slip differential, rear/roof spoiler, anti-lock braking system and rear seat and side impact protection bars.
The PajEvo was given all new suspension, new differentials, skid plate, a wide body kit, and mud flaps. The idea was to enter a super-strong car into the otherwise-tame stock class by selling 2500 beefy specials to the public thereby homologating them for the stock class. The result is that the Pajero Evolution remains to this day tougher than just about any other production car on the market.
The suspension, unique to the PajEvo, was given the acronym ARMIE by Mitsubishi ; All Road Multilink Independent suspension for Evolution. The car's track was widened by 125mm at the front, 110mm at the rear. Suspension travel is 240mm at the front, 270mm at the rear. It has the same style of centre diff as the other Super Select 4WD Pajeros, which can be either RWD only, 4WD unlocked (in which case it's a viscous diff), or locked 50/50. But where the regular Pajeros came with open front diffs and either open rear or with an optional locker, the PajEvo has Torsion diffs in the front and the back and an aluminium vented bonnet.
Mitsubishi not only dominated the T2 class with this car, they dominated the whole Dakar Rally. Pajero Evolutions didn't just win their class; they won overall. PajEvos took the top three spots in 1998, beating even the supposedly faster T3 class cars. They covered over 10,000 kilometres in 18 days, and finished five hours before the next competitor. Pajeros have won nearly half of all the Dakar Rallies with 15 wins overall.
This particular vehicle was imported from Japan in 2003 with 48,340 km on the odometer and has remained with the current owner ever since. It has been used regularly throughout, other than in 2006/7 when it was stored whilst the owner was overseas. The car has been well maintained and is offered with 12 MoT certificates warranting the mileage which currently stands at 149,500kms (under 93,000miles) and with a valid MoT until May 2016.
From 2010 to last year, this car has been pivotal in (not taking part) promoting the HelpforHeroes 4x4 European Rally which is organised by the vendor. The initial rally raised over £120,000 and since then the event has gone on to raise over £1m for the charity. That milestone was hit in 2015 and with all objectives achieved 2015 was 'The Final Mission'. Hence the vehicle is now for sale. These cars are becoming increasingly difficult to source and with only 2500 ever produced they are exceptionally rare, very collectable and a sound investment.
*A percentage of the proceeds of sale commission will be donated to Help for Heroes
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.