Ex-Bruno Saby & Granada-Dakar: 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero
This 1996 Mitsubishi Pajero racer is said to have competed at that year’s Granada-Dakar Rally, with Bruno Saby and co-driver Dominique Serieys driving it to seventh in class according to this link. Though called a Pajero, the vehicle is actually purpose-built with a fiberglass body over a tube frame and turbo twin-cam four power to all four wheels. The ad is very short on details, mentioning neither post-race history nor current running condition, but the vehicle does look to be complete and serviceable, if dusty with sand. Hopefully most of its mechanicals are production-based, and someone living near a desert can exercise it regularly in the dunes. Find it here on mobile.de in Izegem, Belgium for 84,950 euros (~$98k USD today). Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.
The above photo is included in the ad and appears to show the “car”, as these vehicles are classified under Dakar rules, running the 1996 event which stretched from Granada to Dakar. Photos of the vehicle as it sits now show largely the same markings and spec including distinct wheels, however the front right corner does show some mild damage to composite bodywork.
Here’s another cool vintage action shot.
While these three appear to illustrate the vehicle as it is today, or at least recently.The Pajero nameplate dates back to 1982, with first-gen trucks marketed under a wide range of badges including Dodge Raider, Hyundai Galloper, and Colt Shogun. Most Mitsu-badged versions sold here in the US wore Montero nameplates. This racer bears virtually no resemblance to any version of any generation of production Pajero, despite very thin attempts at replicating the contemporary Mk2’s head and taillights.
The interior is full of great details including loads of composites and interesting switchgear, as well as what appear to be several transfer case and differential controls scattered around the main gearshift lever. There’s a single seat for the driver, possibly suggesting that the vehicle has seen use since official retirement from Mitsubishi’s works team, though everything looks good and dusty as should be expected of a desert racer.
Here’s the engine, which may have roots in Mitsubishi’s production range of twin-cam turbo fours. There’s no word on its running condition, spec, or maintenance history, but like the rest of the vehicle, everything appears to be complete and in serviceable order. The seller does include a link to a video of the truck running at Dakar in ’96, though unfortunately the link appears to be bad.
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