Mitsubishi Chariot: Spotted

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.


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

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  • outspan 27 Jan 2019

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

  • Lemming Train 27 Jan 2019

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

  • Cambs_Stuart 27 Jan 2019

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

  • humphra 27 Jan 2019


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

  • Hub 27 Jan 2019

    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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