With our MK1 Shogun SWB having settled in to our heritage fleet back at head office, it was time to have a poke around our new acquisition.
Conor (General Manager of Press and PR) viewed it prior to purchase, so we had a pretty good idea of its overall condition. Thankfully Conor’s rose-tinted glasses had not led us astray as the Shogun was exactly as he had described. For a vehicle of its age, it was in superb condition. So many of the early Shoguns had working lives in rural locations, (I mean let’s face it, it’s what the vehicle was designed and built for), but this particular vehicle hadn’t.
We could have left it in its current state, but given how rare it was to find, and how important this car is to our heritage, we felt it needed some special attention. After much deliberation, we took the decision to carry out a restoration programme.
First stop was a full strip down and re-spray! The work was entrusted to our Mitsubishi Specialist Vehicle Operations (MSVO) centre, who took great care of it. Spending extra time and attention to detail at this stage would make a massive difference in the end.
A few weeks later it was back together, and our attention turned to the interior of the car, which had a full deep clean. The Shogun was really coming together and looking like the showpiece heritage vehicle that we had originally envisaged.
We have a couple of outstanding items still in progress. A small seat vinyl repair will be carried out by our interior specialists and with a little maintenance on the mechanical side, the Shogun will be ready to roll…..when it is, keep your eyes peeled for an update on our Blog.
In the meantime, the vehicle is taking pride of place in our reception showroom, it’s looking great, and getting a lot of attention from visitors here at Mitsubishi Motors in the UK. Having said that this is not a museum piece and we can’t wait to get it out on the open road again.
Ramblings by Brian, Press Officer