This Mitsubishi Montero Ticks All the Right Boxes

Despite its relatively small size among the US-operating Japanese automakers, Mitsubishi has provided many different people with many different types of cars. The eco-radical i-MiEV, the high-flying Lancer Evo, and the mass appeal Eclipse. But to the folks who turn wrenches on trails, there's one that shines above the rest – the Montero.  The last Mitsubishi Montero left the US market in 2006, and despite recent hints to its return, nothing is set in stone. And that's too bad, because the Montero was quite special. Feeling nostalgic? This nicely preserved 1991 Montero with a five-speed manual is up for sale on eBay. RELATED: See More of the First-Generation Mitsubishi Montero The rock-hopping Montero made its market debut in 1982 toting three doors, a short wheelbase, and an independent front suspension – making the rough-and-tumble SUV a practical vehicle to drive around on the street. One year later, Mitsubishi stretched the platform and debuted the family friendly five-door version, with global engine choices ranging from 2.0-liter four-cylinders all the way up to the brand's 3.0-liter V6. While the Montero, or Pajero/Shogun as it is known elsewhere on the globe, might not have had the “trail rated” toughness of the Jeep or the legendary status of Toyota's Land Cruiser – the hearty Montero did prove itself in one massive, massive way. The Dakar Rally. Over the course of its four generations, the Montero/Pajero has claimed 12 overall Dakar wins including seven straight from 2001 to 2007. RELATED: Check out Mitsubishi's Lancer Evo concept of the future This 1991 Montero 4x4 bookmarks the end of that long-lived first generation, and also closed the book on the Montero's truly boxlike (almost Range Rover-esque) appearance. This 3.0-liter V6 version shows a substantial 167,000 miles on the odometer, but the seller notes 25 years of ownership under one roof and it generally looks to be a good knick. RELATED: Land Rover turned this 1990 Discovery into a boat _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide

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