RE: Mitsubishi Chariot: Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi Chariot: Spotted

Sunday 27th January

Mitsubishi Chariot: Spotted

Swing low and carry me home in this delivery miles blast from the past



You may have noticed that rare performance cars are quite pricey these days. Anything you can feasibly attach the words 'cult', 'hero', 'poster' or 'legend' to has seen its value skyrocket. This is especially true if the car in question is also offered with the allure of low mileage. If it's old-to-oldish in age and with fewer than five digits on the odometer, it's like hen's teeth to collectors - look no further than the £100k Supra for recent proof.

This spike in classic car values has even seen the prices of lesser variants dragged up too. Once-unloved models like the 309 GTI, Skyline GTT and 996 911 have found themselves creeping aloft as the more desirable cars with which they share components, heritage or looks climb ever out of reach.


There are logical reasons for all of this, of course, and however much we might wish that our dream cars were more affordable, we understand why they're not in an imperfect world. The trouble comes when someone finds a low mileage, or rare, or old car and assumes that it is therefore worthy of a similar price bump.

That seems to be the case with today's Spotted, a 1987 Mitsubishi Chariot, a car which, despite the existence of a JDM Turbo variant with 135hp, has never been held in especially high regard by anyone anywhere for anything. Nonetheless, by virtue of its age and the remarkable 73 miles it's accumulated in that time, it has been bestowed with a price tag of nearly £13,000. An amount for which you could get into any of these muchbettercars.

But say you're not interested in any of those? What if you've got your heart set on a thoroughly mediocre 1980's minivan? Well, this is peak that. We'll begin with the exterior, which may look silver in the pictures but, make no mistake, is mauve. This perfectly compliments the cranberry interior, alternatively described by one member of the PH team as looking "like the inside of a badger".


The entrail aesthetic permeates every spare centimetre of the cabin, enveloping all seven of the cloth seats, the floor mats and the dash, where even the retro-chic two-spoke steering wheel doesn't escape its wrath. Further forward, the 2.0-litre 90hp engine looks as pristine as you'd expect, a compliment which could be paid to everything on this car right down to the bland hubcaps.

In fact, forget everything I've just said, this Chariot is so perfectly terrible in every way that it has become a thing of beauty. As for being a thing that can justify its price tag though, well, I'm still not so sure about that.


SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI CHARIOT

Engine: 1,997cc four-cylinder
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Power (hp): 105@6,100rpm
Torque (lb ft): 118@3,000rpm
MPG: Who knows...
Top speed: Not much
Price new: £N/A
Yours for: £13,000

See the full ad here.

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outspan

Original Poster:

62 posts

34 months

Sunday 27th January
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No...but....no...

This is a step too far. Beyond this can only be misery.

Lemming Train

1,818 posts

10 months

Sunday 27th January
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He'll be lucky to get £130 for it, never mind £13k ! rofl

Cambs_Stuart

383 posts

22 months

Sunday 27th January
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That interior is like a bad tooth. I just can't stop looking at it.

humphra

29 posts

30 months

Sunday 27th January
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Oh, wait. You're serious about the £13k??! Ohhhhhhh...........

Hub

4,056 posts

136 months

Sunday 27th January
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Aka the SpaceWagon in the UK. Probably one of the first 'people carriers' along with the Espace and Toyota Space Cruiser. They have all but disappeared, although I did see one the other day. It's hard to see someone being that fond or nostalgic about them though!

One for the Mitsubishi museum - though maybe not even that as it seems to be a US spec Dodge badged version looking at the ad!

My dad had a mk 2 Spacewagon for years and it was actually quite a nice car.

Edited by Hub on Sunday 27th January 09:06

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Jonny_

2,492 posts

145 months

Sunday 27th January
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Cambs_Stuart said:
That interior is like a bad tooth. I just can't stop looking at it.
I like it... paperbag

st4

827 posts

71 months

Sunday 27th January
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Time warp - for a hertigage fleet collection it might make sense but due to the uniqueness you could never really drive it. Not sure I would want to drive it though...

sdiggle

62 posts

28 months

Sunday 27th January
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Sorry....but I love that interior!!! spin

hungry_hog

936 posts

126 months

Sunday 27th January
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I think the price tag has the wrong sign on it

Turbotechnic

458 posts

14 months

Sunday 27th January
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They don’t make interiors like that anymore, cool a fk IMO. 13k is a bit daft though.

JMF894

2,738 posts

93 months

Sunday 27th January
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Strip it out, mid mount an EVO lump and tranny and fit privacy glass whilst retaining steel wheels...................

Nickyboy

5,557 posts

172 months

Sunday 27th January
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We had one when we were growing up, Mum loved it. With 3 kids and Dad with a s[ports car it was the ideal family wagon. Compared to similar cars of the day it was pretty luxurious, we as kids loved it too, sitting in the back row away from Mum & Dad laugh

Ours was silver, pretty much like this but with gray interior.


sjabrown

1,247 posts

98 months

Sunday 27th January
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Come on PH. Is it 90bhp or 105bhp?

However "like the inside of a badger" had me laughing.

rossub

2,014 posts

128 months

Sunday 27th January
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It’s so awful in every way, that it’s actually cool....... not to own though, obviously.

Ilovejapcrap

2,314 posts

50 months

Sunday 27th January
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they cup holders on the dash ?

im in

borat52

134 posts

146 months

Sunday 27th January
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How many cars from the 1980’s exist with genuinely fewer than 100 miles since new?

When you put it into that context it is rare and from a historical point of view the model is less important than encapsulating what a new car looked like at the time it was made in these sorts of examples.

It’s not for me but I don’t think the price is outrageous, try finding another car of the era with that mileage.

borat52

134 posts

146 months

Sunday 27th January
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How many cars from the 1980’s exist with genuinely fewer than 100 miles since new?

When you put it into that context it is rare and from a historical point of view the model is less important than encapsulating what a new car looked like at the time it was made in these sorts of examples.

It’s not for me but I don’t think the price is outrageous, try finding another car of the era with that mileage.

speedtwin860

1 posts

1 month

Sunday 27th January
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A great compact seven seater for a young family, definitely not a performance car! The three speed auto was awful returning 26 mph, the five speed manual gave 31 mpg. Very reliable, although both our ancient examples needed gearbox rebuilds. Great fun trying to replace cambelt and both balancer belts through a space no bigger than a letterbox.

Hairymonster

389 posts

43 months

Sunday 27th January
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88BHP (according to the ad), front wheel drive, 3-speed auto, crushed vulgarlour upholstory channelling 1970's pox doctor's waiting room, mid 20's mpg, a cassette player, 0-60 eventually - oh I cannot wait!

Even if someone were shopping for cars for a heritage display or museum, why on earth would they want one of these?

Run-of-the-mill Dodge cars in the US carry the same cachet as Ssang-Yong or Perodua in this country. Clearly I'm excluding the highly desirable Chargers and Challengers, or the old Viper.

About as desirable as a dose of Herpes.

Blakewater

3,209 posts

95 months

Sunday 27th January
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Nickyboy said:
We had one when we were growing up, Mum loved it. With 3 kids and Dad with a s[ports car it was the ideal family wagon. Compared to similar cars of the day it was pretty luxurious, we as kids loved it too, sitting in the back row away from Mum & Dad laugh

Ours was silver, pretty much like this but with gray interior.

I've traveled in a silver one belonging to the parents of a friend of mine. The dark maroon cloth interior is mainly an 80s American fashion.