Weekend Edition – What are the Odds that a dealer has TWO Mitsubishi L300 Vans For Sale…

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Welcome to the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and I have been highlighting odd yet interesting imports for this weekend, and look what I found… A New Hampshire Dealer has in their inventory not one, but two 1988 Mitsubishi L300 (Delica) Vans, and both are still in fairly good operating condition. This was one of the three forward control vans imported during this time period, with the Toyota LiteAce/TownAce Vans (Called the Toyota Van here in North America) and the Nissan C22 Van (Called appropriately the Nissan Van here in the states), and they were all marketed here between 1985 and 1990 to compete with the wildly popular Chrysler Minivans. It is amazing that they all disappeared as quickly as they appeared, and finding one is like finding a unicorn in the wild… So, do you think they are desirable?

1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90106 PM.bmp
Let’s start out with the very colorful Conversion Van and see if it strikes your fancy. According to the listing:

We recently purchased this cool blast from the past. It runs and drives great and is looking for a new place to call home. It was shipped to us from California so the body and undercarriage is absolutly rust free. It is a seven passenger custome van with 4 captains chairs and bench in rear. It has a 2.4 gas engine. Also has large sunroof in working condition.

1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90148 PM.bmp
The window tint on the windows will nee attention, and that’s fairly easy to take care of except the rear window (with the defroster grid). The Limousine Antennae on the roof is such a great period touch, as is the window treatments and the period correct velour upholstery. It has 167,000 miles on the clock, and the asking price is $4,495. See the listing here, and tell me you don’t want this in the worst way…
1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90203 PM.bmp
1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90254 PM.bmp
Now, if one Mitsubishi L300 isn’t enough for you, this dealer has another 1988 L300 in stock, only this one is a pure stock passenger version. What is really interesting is that the dealer decided not to write a description of the vehicle, so you will have to guess as to what comes with the vehicle. The listing has a lot of images so maybe they will tell the story…
1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90328 PM.bmp
It looks like this L300 still wears the original plastic wheel trim that came with it, and it has covered a little over 185,000 miles. the asking price for this van is exactly the same as the other one, $4,495. See the listing here, and tell me if either of these vans are worth the trouble of putting them in your garage.
1988 Mitsubishi L300 Delica Power Wagon LS  Plaistow, New Hampshire  EuroCarGarage - Google Chrome 132015 90334 PM.bmp

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  1. Maxichamp Avatar

    Isn't the USDM Mitsubishi the rarest of them all because Mitsubishi bought them all back due to fire danger?

    1. Jim Brennan Avatar
      Jim Brennan

      No, You're thinking of the USDM Nissan Van. They were all bought back and destroyed because of the fire danger. You see, Nissan stuffed a 2.4L engine into the engine compartment to drive all the accessories the US market demanded (Dual Air Conditioning, Larger Alternator and so on) and the The C22 was not originally designed for such a large engine, and the resulting tight quarters would later contribute to overheating and engine fire issues.

      1. Maxichamp Avatar

        I stand corrected. Now let's find a Nissan Van!

      2. JayP2112 Avatar

        I thought I had read about that before…

      3. OA5599 Avatar

        My boss at the time of the recall had one of the Nissan vans. It was in the shop nearly as much as it was out of the shop, typically for repairs not covered by warranty. Still, he loved that van, and when they announced the recall and told him they were going to give him $7500 with seriously high miles on it, he considered long and hard about not getting rid of it. When I reminded him that $7500 was about the same as his repair bills over the prior two years, he took the offer.

    2. Devin Avatar

      The Nissan Van was the one that caught fire like it was an Italian exotic.

  2. Drives Dead Marques Avatar
    Drives Dead Marques

    I would love one of these, but that price is just Carp Price. Amidoinitrite?

  3. mallthus Avatar

    If I were going to get an 80s Mitsubishi van, it'd be a JDM 4×4, not either of these.

  4. zetep Avatar

    Nice, but a bit expensive I think? Still would like the first one, love the period graphics.

  5. Joe Dunlap Avatar
    Joe Dunlap

    My only experience with one of these was riding in one used as a hotel taxi back and forth to a training facility in Ontario Ca. back in 1990 or so. Rough, noisy, terrible ride. Made the 6 mile or so journey feel like 60. Dont know about the reliability/service/parts availability, but the price alone seems CP to me.

  6. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Cool that there are still a couple of those in such nice condition. Not quite my thing, but I've got a friend who cherishes their same era Toyota van.

  7. OttoNobedder Avatar

    My vote goes to the Toyota Van of that era-They easily cover 200 K miles with very few problems.

  8. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    By owning two he's successfully cornered the market. The prices reflect this.

  9. Metric Wrench Avatar
    Metric Wrench

    We had one with a five, count 'em, five on the tree at the shop. Not in the USA, of course. Never did like the thing, preferred the VW vans.

    1. karonetwentyc Avatar

      Trivia bit: late Citroen DSes could also be had with a column-shift 5-speed manual, though not in the US market.

  10. karonetwentyc Avatar

    Strangely enough, I was caught in traffic next to one of these a few days ago after not seeing one in years.
    For the potential misery these may be able to inflict, the $2000 Renault Fuego from a couple of days ago looks like the better buy.

  11. stevelyon Avatar

    I once worked at a photo lab in Encinitas, California that had one of these as the shop run-around vehicle, so I got to drive it a couple of times a week. I really liked the driving position; sitting out over the front wheel was pretty novel for me. I seem to remember that it handled pretty well for a big tall box, but then again, I was comparing it to the vehicle I had at the time, a full-size 1980 Chevy pickup.

  12. requiempoet Avatar

    My parents had the base model one, it was silver. Man I loved that thing. It had miles on miles on it when it finally killed the bucket in 1999-2000…it was a wonderful thing that car.

  13. ernest Avatar

    I both this van in Germany while in the military and had it shipped to the US. It was a great vehicle for my growing family. I will never forget it. Great for long trips!