This 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution is a distinctive and capable off-road homologation special, presented in very smart overall condition. Under the bonnet is a 275bhp 3.5-litre V6, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with selectable four-wheel drive. The odometer displays 141,287km (87,792 miles) from new.

Created to homologate the Pajero Evolution for the Dakar Rally’s T2 class, approximately 2,500 road-going versions were built for the Japanese market, with each featuring a 275bhp V6 with MIVEC variable valve timing, Recaro front seats and heavily redesigned bodywork, with aggressively flared wheel arches, a wraparound rear spoiler and a scooped bonnet.

First registered in October 1997, this example was imported from Japan into the UK in 2020, and was acquired by the seller earlier this year. It is only being offered for sale as the owner will no longer have access to the storage facility for it.

Today, the bodywork remains in very good order, with no evidence of any prior accident damage or corrosion – thanks in part to the car’s many years on unsalted Japanese roads and a recent Waxoyl treatment. The Satellite Silver paintwork is also in excellent condition, and it is believed that both sides of the vehicle have been resprayed in the past. The car features the correct badges, decals and accessories, including Ralliart-branded mud flaps and a unique front grille badge. This Pajero rides on a set of six-spoke alloy wheels, which are in great shape.

Moving inside, the car still features its correct Recaro sports seats, which are clad in black fabric with patterned grey centre sections and present well, with no signs of undue wear. Ahead, the surface of the leather-wrapped rim has worn away, as is to be expected given this Pajero’s age and mileage. Security is enhanced courtesy of a Thatcham-approved alarm/immobiliser with remote central locking, while entertainment is provided via a modern in-car entertainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. All of the interior buttons, switches and electrical items work as they should, and there are no warning lights displayed on the dashboard.

This Pajero’s last routine maintenance was carried out at 138,404 km, when it was treated to a full service, including replacement of the timing belts.

Its most recent MOT test was conducted on 17 April 2021 at 141,247 km, which resulted in a clean pass with no advisories after a rear fog light was fitted. The car will be accompanied by its full original tool kit, owner’s manual and one key.

This 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution is a good example of the rare Dakar Rally homologation model, which is in good condition both inside and out and benefits from a recent drive belt service. A modern classic 4x4 that delivers a fun experience on or off road; this Pajero Evolution is ready to drive and enjoy.

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Car Overview

  • 141,287 km
  • automatic
  • RHD
  • Satellite Silver Metallic
  • Grey cloth
  • 3.5L
  • VINV55-440668

Lot Overview

  • Lot #03567
  • private Sale
  • Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom


  • The_Italian_Job

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