2022 Shannons Winter Timed Online Auction

1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Wagon





Engine V6, 3500cc
Gearbox 5-speed automatic
Body Work Wagon
Colour White
Interior Black/Grey/Blue
Trim Cloth
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Discs

Notice (Form 11)


This lot is no longer available

Although Mitsubishi’s Pajero already enjoyed a long tradition of success in the legendary Paris-Dakar off road event, recording its first outright win in 1985, an updated Evolution model was built to homologate a raft of changes for 1997.  The FIA regulations required that no less than 2,500 road going examples had to be built to qualify the numerous changes wrought under the wildly modified skin.  Based on the short wheelbase two-door version, the Pajero Evo’s signature flared guards cover independent suspension up front via double wishbones and multi-link independent rear end, limited-slip diffs, a centre locking diff and skid plate to protect the underside from damage.  The Evo was powered by a 24-valve 3.5-litre V6 boasting Mitsubishi’s patented variable valve timing technology known as MIVEC, developing 276 horsepower at 6500 and paired with either five cog manual or automatic transmissions.  The body kit also featured a bonnet scoop and roof mounted spoilers, along with Recaro bucket seats and unique alloy wheels.  The Evo may not have been homologated in time for the 1997 event but Mitsubishi still won the Paris-Dakar using the earlier T2 generation Pajero thanks to Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka’s skills as a pilot.  The Evo proved no less successful on debut, taking outright victory in 1998 thanks to French driver Jean-Pierre Fontenay, who partnered with compatriot Gilles Picard.  Testimony to its fabulous off-road qualities, the Pajero possesses an outstanding record in the Paris-Dakar, with no less than 12 outright victories (the most by any individual car maker) and 150 stage wins under its belt between 1985 and 2007.  The Pajero Evo is now something of a cult vehicle amongst off road and JDM fans: although it was never officially imported here, a small number have been privately imported by collectors in recent years.  Values have been climbing steadily, something set to continue once they can be imported into the American market later this year so buy one now before they all disappear Stateside.