The Pajero Evolution, or ‘PajEvo’ as it’s sometimes called, is a particularly interesting car, and one of those rare vehicles which we like to discuss on Classic Register. Many of the cars that attract high levels of enthusiast attention are those that have a close link to motor racing, such as 'Group A' production touring and rally cars. In this context, few people turn their minds to SUVs, and perhaps that explains why the Pajero Evolution has flown under the radar to some extent.
One of only 43 VP HSV Sport Wagons produced - this one being numberc 39. This car is a 1992 model, which we found on car-us.com for sale in June 2016, asking $9,500 (AUD). Limited information about the history of the car is known - if anyone has additional information, please pass it on. At the time of sale, the seller noted the following:
An ultra-rare VP GTS 'Sports Wagon. This car is #8 of only 43 sports wagons produced. These cars were fitted with HSV's enhanced 5.0l powerplant. The Sports Wagons were individually numbered with a plaque on the dashboard, and an ID plate in the engine bay. This car was for sale in June 2016, on Gumtree Australia, asking $10,000 (AUD). The seller made the following comments at the time of sale:
This rare Falcon XE ESP was for sale in Mid-2015 through several sources including musclecarstables.com.au and car-from-uk.com, with an asking price of $25,000 (AUD). It is believed that the vehicle successfully sold - if anyone is aware of where it ended up, please get in contact with us. This one is particularly rare with charcoal on charcoal paint, and comes with the factory 4.9l / 302 V8/auto transmission combination, which the seller advises is one of 260 cars produced with this combination.
Unfortnunately, this was never an official Ford factory model. This is a 2-door conversion which was undertaken by a company called Spanmor which use to operate in Melbourne, traditionally specialising in hearses, stretched limos and medical applications. Several of these coupes have been spotted over the years, and we would love to know more about them, and at this stage all we know is that there was a plan to build 100 of them, but actual numbers fell way short of this. Interestingly, they were sold through Ford dealers, despite not being factory Ford built.
This is a particularly interesting project which we have included on the GTS1 register - considering that this car was made from a donor car (number 81), and has its build plate and parts applied to create an Rg1 GTS1 Wagon! A shame that the original sedan was ruined and had to be parted out, however, we are glad that it ended up being re-born - this wagon conversion actually looks pretty cool, and it's great to have it together so we can keep number 81 alive. Would be great to see someone finish the manual conversion - as parts to do so were included in the sale in 2014.
You don’t see many of these old GTSs running around these days, as owners are increasingly aware of the value in preserving what has become another Australian classic. This car is unit number 76 of approximately 130 GTS cars built in the VP series, and appears to be in neat condition for its age - a credit to the current and previous owners. The current owner has listed this one for sale on Carsales at $35,000.
The early Celicas have a big following globally, and the RA28 is one of our favourites, colloquially known as the “mini Mustang” due to its styling similarities. This one here is currently for sale on Ebay Australia, with hours to run (but reserve not met). See it here.
This is a very rare wide body AMG 6.0L coupe, which was up for sale on Ebay in November 2015. The was originally a Japanese domestic market model, despite the left hand drive. The following information has been taken from the sellers description when the vehicle was on Ebay: This particular 6.0 Wide-Body was one of 6 similar vehicles completed for Japanese enthusiasts based on a series of orders submitted in the Spring of 1990. These were all ordered and completed at about the same time and based on brand new, fully warranted 1990 560 SEC models.