Founded in 1870, Mitsubishi was originally a shipping firm which then expanded into coal mining, shipbuilding, insurance, banking, oil, real estate, and warehousing, as well as the manufacturing of paper, glass, steel, electrical equipment, and aircrafts! It would not be until 1917 that the conglomerate would start manufacturing cars and Mitsubishi VIN decoding would begin.
Mitsubishi’s first automobile was aptly titled the Mitsubishi Model A, a seven-seat sedan completely handmade. Only 22 were produced, for the expense of a hand-built vehicle was too expensive in contrast to the mass manufacturing competitors were employing. In 1970, Mitsubishi entered into the American market with the Colt, but there is no Mitsubishi VIN decoding with this model because the vehicles were branded under Dodge.
Today Mitsubishi classic cars are collected, even though the brand has a short history of Mitsubishi VIN decoding. One popular collectable Mitsubishi is the Lancer Evolution 6.5 TME, built during the 1999 – 2001 era, and if you were to decode the Mitsubishi VIN, this would help confirm the authenticity and originality of the classic car. The original VIN should be on the chassis plate, as well as stamped into the driver’s sidewall. These numbers should match and begin with CP9A-020.
To decode a Mitsubishi VIN for more recent models, first locate the number, which can be found in these locations:
- On the driver’s side of the dashboard, in the lower right hand corner as seen from the windshield
- On a plate riveted to the bulkhead’s center (or for models pre-1992, underneath the bonnet)
- On the offside of the bulkhead, the number is stamped with Mitsubishi’s security logo marks
- On the front offside or nearside of the engine block, depending on model and year