1997 Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4

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Mitsubishi's Legnum offered the same rally-tested all wheel drive, turbocharged performance, and even a great 5-speed semi-automatic gearbox as the legendary Galant VR-4. Add in the space and cargo capacity of a long wheelbase sport wagon and you have a recipe for a serious powerhouse estate. Fresh off a recent service, this 1997 Legnum is offered with 67k verified and documented miles and is turn-key ready to turn heads at your local Cars and Coffee. Finished in Seattle Silver Metallic (A71), the body shows good overall. The paint and body do have some expected rock chips and dings associated with a few decades of daily use. The exterior shows nicely overall, with a factory aero front bumper, side skirts, rear spoiler, and OEM rainvisors giving a bit more of an aggressive look to this otherwise tame wagon. Suited for daily driving, weekend trips, or the occasional highway pulls, this wonderful Mitsubishi is ripe and ready for whatever you can throw at it. For anyone looking for a powerful, spacious, and unique vehicle capable of more than just hauling around the family, this recently serviced VR-4 is sure to fit the bill.

The interior is far above average compared to what we normally see. Telltale signs such as the owner's manuals, cargo cover, and a set of OEM floor mats make it clear that this example was well cared for in its prior life. The dash lacks any cracking or distortion and houses dual-front SRS airbags for some added peace of mind behind the wheel. A digital climate control system is easy to use and blows hot heat or cold A/C at a moment's notice. Directly below is a period correct Addzest double stack radio. Although it only allows for lower frequency stations, it is fully functional and supplies crisp and clear sound throughout the cabin. The OEM Nardi steering wheel feels great in the hand, and paired with the adjustable steering column the driver can find their perfect seating position. The driver benefits from electric windows, locks, and power-folding mirrors, which all work like a charm and make daily use enjoyable. The upholstery is in above-average shape and matches the material in the door cards. The textured bluish-gray cloth lacks any major rips, stains, or tears, and is very supportive and soft to the touch.  The headliner and carpets haven't taken any major abuse over the years, but we would like to note light scuffs on both front door cards. The rear seats fold down if the wagon needs to haul large items or groceries, and extra storage is available in a sizable glove box and center console.

Under the Legnum's bonnet is the ferocious 6A13. This twin-turbo 2.5 V6 is a true dark horse of a powerplant, producing a stout 276hp. Fresh off a recent oil and filter service, she fires up promptly thanks to its brand new 12V battery and idling is smooth and confident. The compact 6 pot is mated to a Porsche-inspired semi automatic gearbox. It shifts properly and sends power to all four wheels. Acceleration is downright impressive, even by today's standards, and performance at highway speed is quite comfortable. Active yaw control is on hand to help keep this wagon tight in the twisties. While behind the wheel the power assisted steering feels precise and under hard braking, the pedal feels firm thanks to a brand new set of front brake pads. Brand new tires were mounted at all four corners and will provide tens of thousands of miles of grip to come. They also quiet down the road noise a touch and can be used year-round, regardless of the conditions.

*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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