Lot 184 - 1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution
The Pajero Evolution was produced to homologate the most successful Dakar rally car ever made, which took 12 victories from 1985 to 2007, including a 1-2-3 finish in 1998. Around 2,500 road-legal examples were produced for the Japanese market, each featuring Recaro front seats, a wraparound rear spoiler, re-designed bodywork, a unique suspension system, flared wheel arches, and a scooped bonnet. Powered by a 276bhp 3.5-litre V6 engine with the MIVEC variable valve timing system, coupled to a five-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive.
First registered in October 1997, it was imported to the UK and re-registered with the DVLA in September 2019. The factory specification includes automatic climate control, electric windows and mirrors, and a high and low range gearbox. Benefitting from a few appropriate upgrades such as a Bosch Rotterdam stereo, which has replaced the original Japanese-language item, though it will be included in the sale. The only other modifications are an upgraded stainless steel exhaust and a red front skid plate.
This example is offered in its original Scotia white paintwork and is presented in excellent condition throughout. The paintwork is very good with very few blemishes and stepping inside, there are very few minor surface marks. The underside is also notably clean showing little sign of wear. In excellent overall condition this Pajero is one of the best we have seen and has clearly been looked after throughout its life.
Accompanying the Mitsubishi are its original owner’s manual, toolkit and torch, a previous registration certificate from Guernsey, its DVLA number plate authorisation certificate and a collection of maintenance invoices. In July 2022 the Pajero was serviced when the timing belt, engine oil, oil filter, air filter, front brake pads and nearside front lower ball joint were replaced and this month it has also been treated to an oil and filter service. In such great condition this example would make an entertaining daily driver or capable off-road companion for any keen enthusiast and would be at home in any prominent car collection.
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