The Dodge Raider was a transparently badge-engineered first-gen Mitsubishi Montero (known as the Pajero in much of the world), available in the United States for just the 1987-89 model years. The Montero wasn’t a big seller and its Raider sibling was a rare sight even in the late 1980s. I find the more obscure Chrysler-badged Mitsubishis fascinating, so I photograph every Raider I see in the junkyard.
Mitsubishis of this era weren’t known for longevity, but this one got well over 200,000 miles of use. This is a California truck, so there’s no rust.
I have long believed that the Montero/Raider inclinometer was one of the coolest gauges ever put in a motor vehicle. Naturally, I have a few of them in my collection of weird junkyard parts, and I will be installing one in my latest junkyard-parts boombox.
The first-gen Montero was license-built by Hyundai and sold as the Galloper. These Korean-market ads are among the greatest ever made for a small SUV.
The Japanese-market ad for the first-gen Pajero features a strange mix of macho imagery and schmaltzy music.
Naturally, the American-market ads were far less interesting.
At home in the desert or on the hills of San Francisco (except when you blow the head gasket).
[Images: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]