1992 Mitsubishi Delica Chamonix
The Delica was "specially designed for all season outdoor player" according to Mitsubishi, and how can you argue with that? The Delica is unlike anything that was sold here in the US, built to blaze it's own trail with 8 of your best outdoor players. The rugged, boxy, bodywork stands out on its own before you start to factor all of the accessories. The Chamonix trim level of the Star Wagon came a little more rugged than the standard Delica and with a little more character. The mini-bus is finished in a very distinct two tone color scheme; Solano Black (X08) over Somerset Blue Metallic (B45). The paint is in above average condition but does show scratches in the clear on the top half. The finishing touches were the Chamonix graphics on both sides, which too show there age a bit. Considering it was designed to go off road the body has been kept up surprisingly well. Being 27 years old and with such expansive panels it was bound to see some routine door dings, but nothing out of the ordinary. Up front is one of the most distinguishable attributes of the Delica is the functional bull bar up front. Fitted with factory auxiliary fogs this one has a very interesting Plexiglas cover that bolts over top to prevent from any impacts.
The interior of the Star Wagon is where these come into a class of their own. With seating seating for up to 8 in it's standard layout no one has to be left behind. When you don't have a full crew with you there are several different seating options with the 60/40 third row laying fully flat. The middle row can be laid down flat as well creating a massive bed, can be rotated 180 degrees, and has a flip up jump seat. The rotating feature is a really trick piece for when you're on a longer trip. The Chamonix trim means you get specially embroidered seats and wild carpet to match. The cloth is in great shape, free of any rips or tears, however as you would expect it does have a few stains here and there. The carpeting is in great shape which is good, because there's quite a lot of it. The steering wheel was replaced in favor of a leather wrapped Nardi that feels better in the hand and is a bit more ergonomic. The simplistic gauge layout is easy to read and all of the accessory and unlock buttons are well within arms reach. The climate control, power windows, fogs, etc. are all function as they should.
Underneath the passenger seats resides the 4D56 turbo diesel. The 2.5 liter diesel only has 78K verified miles, which we know it's just the break in phase for these brutes. Paired with the automatic transmission makes it a great daily driver. Most people aren't looking to bang gears in a full sized van after all. The selectable 4 wheel drive system makes this just as capable as your neighbor's Suburban, yet with the ability to spot it in the grocery store parking lot. The 4WD system does have options for daily driving in two or 4 high, and a crawler gear for when things get hairy. The transmission shifts engages quietly and runs through them with ease when you get under way. The 4 cylinder fires up drama free and is surprisingly quiet for being a diesel, especially one directly under the cabin. The factory suspension is very stable and soaks up bumps with ease. The brakes are capable for something of this size which is definitely reassuring when you're getting around town. With it's monocoque design and one of a kind style these are one of the more versatile platforms on the road. Whether you're looking for a family hauler with some guts, or something to actually adventure in, the Delica's got your back.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.