Turbo Diesel Camper: 1991 Mitsubishi Delica 4×4 GLX – $13,950

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Free For All Friday

One of the more surprising trends in emerging classic vehicle ownership is the love that’s being shown vintage camper vans. It’s for good reason, of course, as these vehicles often combine four wheel drive and clever interior arrangements to make anyone capable of becoming an overlander overnight. And unlike the classic Volkswagen Vanagon, Japanese campers from the late 80s and early 90s are far more capable of keeping up with modern traffic. This 1991 Mitsubishi Delica L300 listed here on Craigslist in Brooklyn, New York is a desirable four wheel drive model with a manual transmission that is attached to a 2.5 liter turbodiesel engine. Does that check enough boxes for you?  As this model was never sold in exactly this form stateside, the closest comparison within the NADA Classic Car Price Guide is the van’s domestic sibling – the plain-jane, two wheel drive Mitsubishi Van, of which relatively few were sold and and the few that remain aren’t worth much today, clocking in at $2,450 for a mint condition model. The Delica up for grabs here is obviously a much different animal altogether, and the asking price of $13,950 seems fair for the impressive list of standard features. If you want to check it out, consider contacting the seller by email here.

The wave of gray-market Japanese vehicles being imported into the United States has run the gamut, but one of the more popular categories has been the four wheel drive van and sport utility vehicle market. Japan had loads of these vehicles running around, seriously hopped-up versions of what came stateside in very watered-down fashion. Of course, some of these recent imports are of vehicles never before seen in the U.S., and it’s unfortunate it’s taken so long for American consumers to gain access to this highly useful class of vehicles. Not only is the turbodiesel powerplant incredibly robust, but vans like these Mitsubishis were also seriously well-built, with ingenious interior seating and storage configurations that make life on the road a breeze without the need for the sort of footprint your typical domestic motorhome requires. While parts supply may limit your chances of finding spares at your local NAPA retailer, the owner network is robust and tracking down spare parts is more than doable if you’re realistic about the length of time it will take for them to arrive.

The seller doesn’t offer much in the way of the vehicle’s history, or how or when it got to the U.S. The way it’s set up in terms of camping equipment and off-road gear suggests this is a total adventure-mobile, and it likely arrived stateside with many of these components already attached. As far as condition goes, checking for rust is a must-do by any potential buyers, along with making sure the four wheel drive system properly engages. Turbo diesels obviously introduce a wave of complexity, as turbos can fail and injection pumps can go bad. However, with the seller noting that the glow plugs have been replaced and starter relay button installed to assist with cold-weather starting, it seems safe to assume the Mitsubishi has had smart and sensible caretakers. If you can see yourself living in the great outdoors, give it a look – but you likely won’t be the only one at the next Radwood meet with a JDM four wheel drive van.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“YEAR: 1991
MAKE: Mitsubishi
MODEL: Delica L300
MILEAGE: 130,000
TRANSMISSION: 5-Speed Manual
PRICE: $13,950
ENGINE: 2.5L Turbo Diesel

FOR SALE: This Mitsubishi Delica 4X4 Diesel Van is truly a go anywhere vehicle. Solidly built, freshly detailed, ready to drive away, up a mountain, onto a beach, you name it.

New glow plugs and starter relay button installed so it will fire up every time, even in cold weather climates.

Seats lay flat to create one big comfortable bed, or back seats can be removed to fit more cargo. Fold up third seat in middle row. Front row seats can be flipped so two rows are facing. Too many configurations to list.
(James Baroud hardshell camper top can be included in sale for an additional cost please feel free to inquire)

Aftermarket sound system installed with sub woofer for great sound on the road.
Yakima roof rack included in sale.
Tinted windows.

This is a right side drive vehicle (takes about 5 minutes to get used to, anyone can do it!).

Any questions feel free to reach out. Happy to show it any time.
It’s a definite head turner, many Delica fans out there!”

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