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A Guy in Korea Sells Old Hyundai SUVs for $80,000

Interested in buying a 20-year-old Hyundai SUV that was essentially a copied version of a Mitsubishi? Now, you can buy one of these Hyundai SUVs for around $80,000. It’s all thanks to a restorer in South Korea who’s bringing the obscure Hyundai Galloper back to life with ground-up overhauls and beautiful new finishes. See the Hyundai models for sale near you

But, first, let’s discuss the Hyundai Galloper. You’ve probably never heard of this thing, because it never made its way to America — except it did as the Mitsubishi Montero. You see, Hyundai was so desperate for an SUV in the 1990s, they purchased the rights to manufacture the first-generation Mitsubishi Montero after it went out of production. The result was the Hyundai Galloper and, later, the Galloper II, which was also a rebadged Montero.

Now, if you’ve ever been in a Montero of this age, you know they aren’t exactly the most luxurious cars on the market. They have few creature comforts and panel gaps the size of a regulation field hockey goal. Thus, you could never possibly want one of these things today, unless you’re an automotive journalist who wants to crush one or you’re a raccoon who lives in a junkyard.

Enter Mohenic Garages.

Mohenic Garages, based in South Korea, takes these old Hyundai SUVs and restores them to a pristine state going far beyond where they were when new. Think beautiful wood finishes, hand-crafted gauges and gorgeous modern upholstery. When a revitalized Galloper the company calls a Mohenic G leaves Mohenic Garages, it’s beautiful, glorious, luxurious and highly unique. They’re also $80,000.

This shouldn’t be too surprising, though, as companies in the United States have restored old Ford Broncos to the point of selling for $90,000, and fully restored Toyota Land Cruisers and Jeep Grand Wagoneers can easily pull $50,000 or $60,000. In other words, the SUV renaissance is upon us. I just never thought it would involve a rebadged Mitsubishi Montero. Find a Hyundai for sale



Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. Is that what we (downunder) bought as the Mitsubishi Pajero? Apparently that name was changed for markets where Spanish was spoken. I had two, and have been called a pajero more than once…

  2. You should just buy one of these old Hyundai’s Doug! Or a lifted Toyota Land Cruiser. Definitely the Toyota Land Cruiser.

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