1996 Delica Space Gear

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This 1996 Delica is an adventurous van that has the ability to go virtually anywhere, thanks to its gutty turbodiesel and trusty 4x4 system. Accessorized with an OEM brush guard, parking pole, OEM rainguards, and privacy tint, this L400 Delica boasts the rare, functional, and desirable Crystal Lite glass roof option, which is ideal for those looking to sleep under the stars! Best of all, this recently serviced transporter is offered with a mere 118k verified and documented miles. The exterior is finished in Dark Blue Pearl Metallic and Kaiser Silver Metallic two-tone (T88/H39), and is in good condition aside from a few normal dings, scratches, and loss of gloss from daily use. 16" Lodio Drive alloys do a lot to set off the factory paintwork, as do some jazzy chrome mirror caps. As an overlanding camping rig, family hauler, or daily driver, this stellar Space Gear is perfect and is a bonafide and collectible Japanese Classic.

The interior is spacious, packed to the gills with good options, and was fortunately well taken care of in a prior life. Flexible seating and room for seven make this an ideal road trip vehicle, and the cabin is plenty spacious and easy to convert if you're into overnight glamping. The textured upholstery is still soft to the touch, and the seats lack any major rips, stains, or tears. A neat feature of the second row is the ability to rotate 180 degrees, and it can also lay flat along with the third row, allowing use as a large sleeping area. Retractable footrests can also deploy from the front seats for maximum relaxation. The carpets, headliner, and door cards are in equally good nick, and seem to have been cared for in Japan save for a couple of stains here and there. One very common issue in vehicles of this vintage is the dashboard cracking, bubbling, or lifting near the windshield, but in the case of this example, it is lacking anything of the sort. We did want to note, however, that the center trim has a crack in it and doesn't clip in properly. We also wanted to note the front sunroof no longer power retracts, but it does seal out the rain. Grey woodgrain trim can be found around the center stack and appears in good condition, adding a bit of contrast inside the cabin. The rear glass roof display is fixed, but has UV covers that power close when not in use to protect the interior. It gets plenty of natural light into the cabin during the daytime, allowing for a much larger feeling passenger cell. There's also a huge factory dome light, which is fully functional and even has a nightlight mode so your rear passengers don't get left in the dark. A driver SRS airbag is standard to give you some peace of mind behind the wheel as well. The factory head unit installed in the van is fully functional but lacks the capability to pick up U.S. frequencies. Power windows, power locks, and power mirrors make daily driving enjoyable. It even has an adjustable steering column, too. Mitsubishi was at the top of their game in the late 90's and this van's interior is a great example of why!

The Delica is superior off the beaten path, yet civil on it. Power comes from an efficient and torquey 4M40 turbodiesel that is fresh off an oil and filter service. Two new 12v batteries aid ignition, and we replaced the engine air filter to keep this 2.8 breathing freely. This van is loaded with equipment but doesn't feel cumbersome at all on the road, and the long wheelbase aids confidence during higher speed highway cruises. The automatic transmission throws the power rearward for peak fuel economy. If you encounter a snowstorm or mud bog, 4WD can be engaged alongside a standard center locking differential. Patented Super Select 4WD is easy to command, and you can plop into 4WD at speeds up to 50mph if needed. The suspension is designed to withstand the rigors of off-road terrain, but feels quite composed on pavement as well. We replaced both front lower control arms, and new lower trailing arms in the rear to tend to some weary old bushings. Additionally, this Delica is easy to steer and it stops on a dime for a larger van. The Falken all terrains are brand new, complete the all-business aesthetic, and best of all they'll last for tens of thousands of miles to come!

*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant 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.

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