Today’s Autotrader Find is a special one: It’s a 1991 Mitsubishi Delica van, imported from Japan and boasting all-wheel drive, a surprisingly nice interior and exterior condition, and the bizarre styling these Delica vans are known for. It also has the steering wheel on the wrong side, which will make it a great choice for your rural mail route.
Offered by East Coast Auto Group in Jacksonville, Florida, this Delica is currently listed for $15,995, which seems like a fairly reasonable price given its condition. While the van has covered 139,000 miles, the exterior is straight and clean, and the interior doesn’t look much different than it did when it left the factory in the early 1990s — right down to the swiveling second-row captain’s chairs and the interior curtains.
This one also has a "Crystal Lite Roof," which sounds like a beer company sponsoring an outdoor sports bar, but really it just means there are glass panels on the roof, right above the side windows, like on an old Volkswagen Bus.
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, here, because you might be wondering: What, exactly, is a Mitsubishi Delica? Well, our Chris O’Neill had a great article about them a few months back — but the basic situation is they’re sort of a Japanese adventure van; something like an all-wheel-drive Chevy Astro with raised ground clearance for exploring. They’re weird, they’re slow, and you have to put up with right-hand drive if you own one — but they can take you places most vans absolutely can’t.
Not surprisingly, this Delica seems to be the only one on Autotrader, but it’s certainly not the only one in the U.S. Given the 25-year U.S. import rules, these are just starting to trickle in for adventurous travelers who want something a little … different. Find a Mitsubishi van for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.