1993 Mitsubishi L300 4×4

Small but mighty is the fantastic Mitsubishi L300 4×4. I’ve had the pleasure of owning one of these legendary vehicles, and I still wonder whether I should’ve swapped it for my faithful Vanagon Syncro. The L300 4×4 is a compact van built on a modified Mitsubishi Pajero chassis, which means all the benefits of a proper all-terrain vehicle, whilst offering the space and functionality of a SWB van. I love compact overland vehicles, and I’m always impressed by the ingenious ways owners maximise the interior space. Furthermore, they’re generally cheaper to run, easier to ship, nicer to drive, better on technical trails, easy to park, and won’t limit access to locations. Match these benefits with the reliability synonymous with ’90’s Japanese vehicles, and you’ve got a seriously capable overland rig.

This 1993 example showcases the dependable 4D56 2.5 turbo-diesel engine, sought-after 5-speed manual gearbox, and benefits from a wide range of modifications designed to further enhance the L300’s already impressive go-anywhere performance.

From Northeast Auto Imports:

“We imported this van directly from Japan. It was in need of a pretty good cosmetic refurb but ran and drove excellent. We wanted to do a “shop build” here at Northeast Auto Imports, so our first choice was the 1993 Delica.

Originally, we did a lift kit, Rhino racks, Method wheels with Cooper Discoverer STT tires, Quicksand Toyota repaint, custom exhaust, snorkel, timing belt, and some additional upgrades. The van was sold in 2020 to a Maine resident who used it as a daily driver. He had the van oil undercoated and came back for services during his ownership. Maintenance included an EGR Delete, regular oil changes, and a side-mounted ladder. Since the Delica situation in Maine has happened, the owner decided he’d like to sell the vehicle, and we gladly bought back this well-maintained L300.

We have since changed the oil, fuel filter, repaired the typical leaky front body seam, and enjoyed putting a bunch of miles on the van. Since the build, and even during, this van was no stranger to hitting class-six roads or any off-road spot we could squeeze into. It has never left us stranded and is a testament to how reliable these JDM vans can be!”


1993 Mitsubishi Delica GLX L300


4D56 turbo-diesel

At 148,000 kilometers, the timing belt was done

Fresh oil change

Thule racks

2-inch lift kit


Method wheels

Cooper Discoverer tires

Light bar

EGR delete

Custom exhaust

Side ladder

It has been fluid filmed and is in great shape all around.

This 1993 Mitsubishi L300 4×4 is listed for $24,000 and is currently located in Hudson, New Hampshire. Check out the full vehicle specifications via the original Expedition Portal forum post here.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.