Tokyo Apocalypse: 1992 Mitsubishi Delica 2.5 Turbodiesel

Have you ever wanted a vehicle that does everything?

If so, you might want to check out this awesome 7-passenger Mitsu Delica.

The Delica nameplate has been used for Mitsubishi's micro van since 1968. This is a third generation example, which debuted in 1986 and, amazingly, is still in production to this day in Australia.

I think these things are great. They're cooler than minivans, provide just as much space, but are easier to drive and park. Then there is the styling. In the same way the Germans mastered the look of the stern, all-business sport sedan, the Japanese aced the feel of this hyper-utilitarian vehicle. Styling is subtle, simple, conservative, form-over-function. Note the large doors that open over the front wheels, and accompanying footsteps to aid entry. This one looks especially great in two-tone grey and pearl, accentuated by mudflaps, tastefully tinted windows, and front guard with yellow fog lamps.

These were sold briefly in the United States as tamed gasoline versions. Fortunately, this is the desirable 2.5-liter turbo diesel engine. Diesels last forever, and are usually torquey as-is, so the additional turbocharger is a welcome addition to make daily driving more fun.

It's also four-wheel drive, for superior traction in all sorts of inclement weather.

Taken all together, you can haul a bunch of friends or cargo, in any type of weather, and almost never have to worry about breaking down. Nice.

The seller of this example is a private owner who imported this rare vehicle to Canada. They say the mileage is 146k miles, but was "safetied" at 130k. Not sure what that means, but it may imply the odometer no longer works. They do say that at 110k the timing belt was changed, injection pump rebuilt and a new battery added. Mechanically, they say it is "excellent."

Cosmetically, they note some interior flaws and exterior scuffs. Typical wear and tear. It's supposed to be a rugged vehicle.

Available here on ebay in Winnipeg, Canada. The seller notes they are 45 minutes from the North Dakota border.

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