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Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution 1997 For Sale

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Imported from Japan earlier this year, the vendor was told when he bought it that it had had just the one Japanese owner. He is certainly the first UK-registered keeper.

It is in marvellous condition for its age, feeling tight and rattle-free on the road. The interior is in great shape too; where many suffer from torn and ripped side bolsters, the ones on this car look almost new and show only the very gentlest signs of wear. Our valeter confirmed that he has seen no paint or bodywork issues to suggest this is all anything but original.

It was freshly serviced when he bought it in August 2019, and has been fitted with a removeable towbar and new tyres since he’s had it. Having just been machine polished and given Diamond Bright paint protection, it is now fully fettled and only being sold due to a dramatic change in his circumstances.


The panels are all good and are free of corrosion, damage and the sort of scuffs that are inevitable when a car spends its life in the UK; the Japanese really do know how to look after their cars and we’re always amused when we read of a Mazda MX-5 and the like being promoted as being a “genuine UK car.” That makes no sense to us, as not only do the Japanese look after their cars better than any other nation, they don’t use salt, either.

So, it’s got straight panels, tight, even panel gaps, and having crawled all over it all we can see is good paint and plenty of rust-proofing fluid in areas such as the doors and under the bonnet.

The paintwork is thought to be largely, if not completely, original, which was supported by the fact that it was looking a little flat when he bought it. One of the first jobs he commissioned was a professional machine polish and detail, followed by the application of a Diamond Bright paint protection finish. The car now looks very good indeed, with only a very few age-related marks on it; if we were to tell you that it had 30,000 miles on the clock, we think you’d believe us.

The four ‘Evolution’ badges were missing, as were the ‘MIVEC’ and Mitsubishi logo on the front grille, and the ‘Pajero’ bade on the rear door handle. So, being something of a completist, he sourced new/old stock original equipment replacements from Japan. These cost in excess of £700, but we think they were worth every penny as the car looks stunning now.

The tyres Yokohama tyres were perished with age, so he sourced and fitted a set of Yokohama Geolander G015s, including the spare. The car was fitted with Yokos when it was new, and the car’s Japanese owner continued the tradition, so he felt it would have been rude to move away from them; they’re a brilliant all-round tyre anyway, especially in the winter and in mild-to-moderately tough off-road conditions.

As we will never tyre of explaining, our experience shows that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but do give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.

The car was professionally undersealed when he first registered it here in the UK, and there is no rust whatsoever on the car bar a few rusty bolts under the bonnet.

The rear receiver hitch bolts on to existing mounts. It is rated to 1,250kgs and can be removed in a couple of minutes should the new owner prefer not to run the car with it on. However, it does form a useful recovery point and attachment point for a cycle carrier or even a winch in addition to being a towing point. A modern 13-pin electrical socket has also been professionally fitted.

Work to do is limited to the alloy wheels. They’re the original equipment wheels but the machine-finish has oxidised in places. Some owners prefer to have them powdercoated for longevity, while others prize originality over practicality. The choice is now yours.

Oh, and the bolts are the rear of the engine bay that hold the scuttle on are rusty, but that would be an easy and cheap way of vastly improving the underbonnet view.

The underside is as good as you’d expect given that it is a recent import from Japan, a country that doesn’t salt its roads in the winter. Nor has it seen a UK winter yet; need we say more?

…much more text on our website

For more text go to The Market website. The price here is an estimate. Please visit The Market for the complete description plus at least 100 photos / video fully illustrating the car and its service history. All bidding occurs through the website, and the website listing is the best place to ask questions directly.

The vehicle can be viewed with us in Abingdon, South Oxfordshire.





Price £15000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mitsubishi
Model Pajero
  Pajero Evolution
Year 1997
Mileage 105,000 miles
Country UK
Region Oxfordshire
Town Abingdon
Telephone 07723 351791
Status Private
E-mail
Date 03-Dec-2019
Ref C1164731
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