Remembering Japanese cars from the past

Ebay Treasures: 28000km 1980 Mitsubishi Colt

When I spotted this advert on Marktplaats earlier this week I was surprised that a Colt with this low mileage (28000 kilometers, confirmed) was for sale for less than 3500 euros!
Ebay Treasures: 28000km Mitsubishi Colt 1980
The car has always been taken care of by the one and the same dealer: Borgmeijer in Zwolle.

Its grey color still looks stunning after 33 years:
Ebay Treasures: 28000km Mitsubishi Colt 1980
According to the dealer it was supposed to end up in the Dutch Mitsubishi museum, however due to (financial?) circumstanced that did not happen. So now it is for sale for such a low price!
If it were a bit roomier and RWD I’d seriously would consider buying it. 😉

Ebay Treasures: 28000km Mitsubishi Colt 1980
The engine is the 1.4 Orion type engine and outputs 69hp which should be more than sufficient to propel this 800kg car to highway speeds in no time. 😉

What interested me most was this second gear lever:
Ebay Treasures: 28000km Mitsubishi Colt 1980
I suspected it should be a low-high gear lever, but the question would be wether it is meant for low-gearing (for offroading) or an overdrive. But given the fact that it only has four forward gears I suspected it must be an overdrive. This Jalopnik posting confirmed this.

Anyway, this unique time capsule can be found for sale here: 28000km 1980 Misubishi Colt @ Marktplaats

5 Comments

  1. Thomas

    The second lever is indeed a high/low gear lever, which gives 8 gears forward and 2 reverse! In reality the difference between the Sport and Economy ratio isn’t very big. My dad had the same gearbox in his Tredia back in the days.

    • banpei

      Hmmm, so not that useful. 😉
      Well, as long as the economy was high enough it would be bearable driving the highways. Then again: the person who designed the A40 three speed automatic must have had different things in mind than highway driving so it must have been the time spirit that low geared cars are more practical.

  2. jose luis cabo lopez

    HOLA BUENOS DIAS,ME LLAMO JOSE LUIS SOY ESPAÑOL DE TENERIFE Y ESTOY INTERESADO EN EL MITSUBISHI COLT DEL AÑO 80 QUE ESTAN VENDIENDO,Y QUISIERA QUE SE PUSIERAN EN CONTACTO CONMIGO PARA SABER MAS ACERCA DEL COCHE Y COMO SERIAN LAS CONDICICIONES DE LA COMPRA DEL COCHE. MI MOVIL ES EL 696219307 Y MI CORREO ES [email protected] ,GRACIAS, ESPERO SU RESPUESTA.

  3. JOSELUIS

    HOLA BUENOS DIAS. ME LLAMO JOSE LUIS, SOY ESPAÑOL DE TENERIFE. HE VISTO SU ANUNCIO DEL MITSUBISHI COLT DEL AÑO 80 QUE ESTA USTED VENDIENDO Y ESTARIA INTERESADO EN COMPRARLO. POR FAVOR PONGASE EN CONTACTO CONMIGO, MI MOVIL ES EL 696219307.Y MI CORREO ELECTRONICO ES [email protected]. GRACIAS, ESPERO SU LLAMADA O RESPUESTA.

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