While Mitsubishi sold Montero-badged Pajeros in North America from the 1985 through 2006 model years, the boxy first-generation version (and its Dodge Raider twin— no, not the Mitsubishi Raider) is the one most of us recognize as the true Montero. Since I live in Montero-loving Colorado, I find plenty of these trucks in junkyards and have the privilege of choosing only the nicest ones to share as Junkyard Finds. Here’s a low-mile ’89 that now resides in a car graveyard just north of downtown Denver.
Not a speck of rust on the body, the interior remains unshredded, and the odometer shows that it averaged just over 3,700 miles of driving for each of its 32 years.
The manual transmission would have made this old truck a tough sell, granted, but you’d think some local Montero hoarder would have added it to their fleet when it became available. I suspect that every first-gen Montero fanatic living on the Front Range already owns 19 of these trucks.
With a Thule ski rack up top and a windshield plastered with Colorado State Parks passes, this truck showed all those Subarus a thing or two about utility.
The newest of those CSP passes expired in 2013, though, so I suspect the once-reliable Astron 2.6-liter four-banger might have crapped out that year and the ol’ Mitsu spent eight years awaiting repairs that never happened.
Someone pried open the super-cool dash-top gauge cluster but then left the inclinometer behind. I’ve already got several of these things in my hoard of parts for future junkyard boomboxes, so I didn’t buy this one. The Montero altimeter, on the other hand…
With air conditioning and this very nice (for 1989) cassette deck, this truck was fairly luxurious for its time.
Next stop: The Crusher!
Mitsubishi sold these trucks all over the world (they were especially popular in the Middle East), but nearly all the best Montero TV ads were released in Japan.
The four-door Montero turned house cats into mountain lions.
Just the thing for driving from San Francisco to Utah.
The South Korean version was known as the Hyundai Galloper, and its television commercials were gratifyingly heroic.
Go ahead, beat on your Galloper! It won’t care.
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