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THE Mit­subishi D5 Delica is the fifth gen­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle series which first ap­peared in the 1960s as a cab-over ute in Ja­pan. The model name re­put­edly de­rived from ‘De­liv­ery Car’. Aus­tralia knew it first as the Chrysler L300 Ex­press and, from 1980, the Star­wagon.

Pri­mar­ily a com­mer­cial, mul­ti­pur­pose van, it also be­came an eight-seat peo­ple-mover, as per Volk­swa­gen’s ven­er­a­ble Kombi and Trans­porter buses.

The first 4WD ver­sion used early Pa­jero un­der­pin­nings and was in­tro­duced in Ja­pan in 1982, ar­riv­ing in Aus­tralia a year later with a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion and a 1.8-litre en­gine. Some peo­ple still swear by them as a 4WD cam­per van.

The last of the Mit­subishi Ex­press ma­chines here was a com­mer­cial van, in­tro­duced in 2003 and pulled from the Aus­tralian mar­ket in 2013 due to a one-star ANCAP crash rat­ing.

The fifth-gen Delica, in­tro­duced in 2007 and de­signed as an eight­seat peo­ple-mover, con­tin­ues to be built and sold in Ja­pan.

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