Expedition Portal Classifieds: 1992 Pop-Top Delica

#Vanlife is all the craze these days, and the VW Westfalia and Mercedes Sprinter are the undisputed kings of the movement. Their abundant living space and good looks, combined with a whole lot of hype on social media, has ensured their prices skyrocket to ludicrous proportions, especially when paired with the coveted four-wheel-drive option. But what about those of us who don’t have $60,000 to $150,000 just lying around? Can we still have a rad pop-top 4×4 van? Yes, yes we can. Take this 1992 Mitsubishi Delica, for example. It has a full-length Reimo pop-top conversion, factory four-wheel drive, and has been fully outfitted for life on the road. Better yet, it has just 77,000 original miles on the diesel motor.

The seller states that the vehicle has been legally imported to the US, and is ready to have paperwork transferred to the new owner. It currently has no mechanical problems, and has recently had some repairs to make sure it is 100 percent ready for the journey ahead. That maintenance included a new deep cycle battery, oil change and filter, a fresh fuel filter, new air filter, and a new head and timing belt 27,000 miles ago.

Although the van is over 25 years old, it includes power windows, locks, and steering, aftermarket stereo and speakers, and even dual zone A/C. Accessories include aftermarket fog lights, an awning, and a winch integrated into the factory brush guard and bumper. The automatic transmission has been fitted with an overdrive to make cruising down the road easier, and a throttle lock knob will function as a primitive cruise control for those long distance hauls. Since this Delica was imported from Japan, it is a right-hand-drive vehicle, but we don’t see that as a problem.

The seller is currently asking just a hair under $20,000 USD. He states that it is registered in Montana, but parked in Los Angeles for now, and he is happy to deliver for a fee. To learn more, check out the original ad here.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.