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2017 SSANGYONG MUSSO RACING 4X2

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This Ssangyong Musso Racing 4x2 is a highly unusual but very entertaining track-focused pick-up, which is presented in very good condition, with only minor ‘battle scars’ from its racing days. Under the bonnet is a 2.2-litre inline-four diesel engine, with rear-wheel drive via a six-speed manual transmission. It is understood that Ssangyong remapped these Musso racers to produce 205bhp and 375lb-ft of torque - both significant gains on the stock outputs. The odometer shows just 950 miles from new.

The Musso’s racing modifications included a significant paring back of the trim and equipment, taking around 400kg of unnecessary weight from the truck. Bespoke suspension, incorporating Proflex shock absorbers, was installed, as was a set of Speedline Corse alloy wheels. Finally, a Safety Devices roll cage was fitted.

This example was delivered in March 2017, and was first registered to Ssangyong Motors UK, which remains the only keeper on the log book. It is understood to have been one of 12 vehicles made especially to compete in the Musso Racing series. The truck is currently signed into the trade on a dealer declaration, and has been used as a marketing vehicle for the seller’s tyre company.

Despite its racing history, the bodywork presents in very good order. There are a few minor marks, dents, and small scuffs, but in general the paint and livery looks smart. Underneath the removable graphics, the body colour is solid white, so makes a great base for customising the appearance in a different way.

The standard interior has been stripped back to the essentials. There is the shell of a dashboard, and the original door trims, but the gear lever surround has been removed, and the steering wheel has been swapped for an Alcantara-trimmed OMP item. It is equipped with a lightweight Corbeau bucket seat with a five-point safety harness, and a Lifeline fire extinguisher system is also installed.

Given the very low mileage, this Ssangyong has never been to a workshop for a full annual service. However, the seller did carry out a basic service on the truck at Chris Allen Garages when they purchased it. The wheels are fitted with Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres, which are virtually brand-new with 7mm of tread remaining.

The first MOT test will be due on 30 September 2020, though it will require an airbag steering wheel if the intention is to keep the truck road registered. The seller notes that for practical purposes, it would also need standard seats, carpets, the stock dampers and springs, and recalibration of the engine software back to ‘road’ specification.

There is no service history accompanying the car, but it comes with the current V5C log book and one key.

This Ssangyong Musso Racing 4x2 might not look like a good candidate for track work, but with its circuit-biased suspension, significantly lower weight, uprated power and torque, and rear-wheel-drive layout, it is surprisingly good fun to pilot around a closed course. This truck could in principle be converted back to road use, or could be used as a left-field track toy. Furthermore, given the notable upgrades already fitted, it could form the basis of a more extensive custom build.

All cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

Please note: this vehicle is VAT-qualifying. However, the amount bid will be inclusive of VAT, with no tax added on top. This means that VAT will be able to be reclaimed from the hammer price by a business or individual registered to do so.

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