Down on the Street: 1978 Mitsubishi Sapporo GSR

September 7, 2014 in dots by banpei

Last Thursday when I encountered this 1978 Mitsubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R I thought I was very lucky to find it! I never found one parked on the side of the street before! However when I checked my bag for the compact camera I usually carry around it wasn’t there. Neither was there any charge left in my smartphone so apparently my luck balanced out and I had to take pictures with my Nokia C2 dumbphone. In the end they turned out better than I expected but certainly they don’t meet my personal baseline.
Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
As you can see at the bottom of the driver door this Mitsubishi Sapporo suffers from the well known tin-worm: the very same that killed many before.

From the rear it is visible it also attacked the boot lid and it has been replaced by one in a slightly different shade of grey/silver:
Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
Also notice the enormous aftermarket exhaust on the Sapporo: even though it isn’t original it doesn’t really look bad on it.
Perhaps it now outputs a few more than the 98 horses that came out of the Mitsubishi 4G52 engine originally? (later models had power increased to 112hp)

Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
The futuristic one-spoke steering wheel that featured all Sapporos has been replaced for a three spoke sports steering wheel from unknown origin. At least it does feature the triple diamond, so perhaps it has been sourced from another Mitsubishi?

Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
Also the right front fender has been replaced with a panel from the same Sapporo that donated its boot lid.

Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
The interior is very late 70s: red tweed all over the place and the dashboard is covered in something that looks like leatherette.

Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
I love that GS/R badge!

Down on the Street: Mistubishi Sapporo 2000 GS/R
Same goes for the 2000 badge: back in 1978 it really looked like the car for the year 2000. It styling was at least daring for a Japanese car and the interior wouldn’t have looked half bad in a Citroen either.

I still think I was very lucky to find such a beautiful car and still regret not charging my smartphone or bringing along a decent camera.