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 heβs 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 weβre always amused when we read of a Mazda MX-5 and the like being promoted as being a βgenuine UK car.β That makes no sense to us, as not only do the Japanese look after their cars better than any other nation, they donβt use salt, either.
So, itβs 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 youβd believe us.
The four βEvolutionβ badges were missing, as were the βMIVECβ and Mitsubishi logo on the front grille, and the βPajeroβ 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 Β£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 carβs Japanese owner continued the tradition, so he felt it would have been rude to move away from them; theyβre 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 β 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. Theyβre 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.
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