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Cutaway Mitsubishi Galant GTO MR – Picture of the Week

Even though I have a soft spot for Mitsubishi, I post far too little content involving that brand. So to make up for that, here is a cutaway drawing of one of my all time favorite Mitsubishi cars: the Galant GTO MR.

Mitsubishi Galant GTO MR cutaway drawing
Mitsubishi Galant GTO MR cutaway drawing

The drawing is attributed to Takashi Jufuku and this is definitely one of his earlier works. I would personally say this was drawn when the Galant GTO was still new.

What I love about this cutaway drawing, is that you can actually see how the Galant GTO is built. One of the things I wasn’t aware of is that, despite being the high end performance model, it was still on leaf springs! Another detail that brings up more questions is what is that center pod on the roof supposed to be? Pilot lights?

And finally, the exhaust third muffler is mounted vertically. A single exhaust pipe enters this muffler, but two pipes exit, make a twist and then are sticking out of the back horizontally again. What a waste of resources to make this car look more sporty with two exhaust pipes. At least they were “functional” and not some cosmetically added pipes.

The cars of Initial D – Manga Car Spotting – part 1

Manga Cars

Ever wondered which cars are featured in Initial D? And perhaps also wondered which model, make and type these manga cars are? In this third episode of Manga car spotting, I’ll be spotting cars in the first book of Initial D! This first book is the US version of the Manga by Tokyopop and covers chapters 1 to 10 of the Japanese Manga.
The cars of Initial D - Manga Car Spotting - part 1

Initial D by Shuichi Shigeno

I don’t think Initial D needs an introduction: it’s the classic racing manga / racing anime series that gained huge popularity during the mid 1990s in Japan and mid 2000s outside Japan. The manga itself contains many layers of depth and isn’t just about cars, but also about (family) relationships and harsh training by commitment and determination. These first 10 chapters are mostly the introductory of the characters and the setting, so not a lot of action will happen. Still it was fun to do!

You can find the video and the high resolution scans of the panels containing manga cars below:

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JDM Trivia: Mitsubishi Galant Σ and Nissan Gazelle crossover?

While browsing for photos of a non-disclosed car model (coming up) I stumbled upon a photo of a Mitsubishi Galant Σ (sigma) on Minkara that looked a bit odd:
Mitsubishi Galant double square headlights
The shape was right, but those headlights and grille really look the same as the Nissan Gazelle S110 units!

So I double checked with a Gazelle S110 I featured a long time ago:

The corner lights are different, but this is a kouki (late) model and the zenki (early) model did feature full orange corner lights. Apart from that it does look very similar!

And this is the common Mitsubishi Galant Σ we all are familiar with: Continue reading

Brochures: French/Spanish and JDM Mitsubishi Galant Eterna

After one and a half years I finally solved a puzzle regarding a JDM Mitsubishi Galant Eterna on French license plates in the Spanish Pyrenees! Today I found a couple more pieces of this puzzle:
Brochures Mitsubishi Galant Eterna
Not the same Galant Eterna but a white 2000GSR GT Turbo model also on French plates in the pit lane of, most probably, the Le Mans circuit in France including a Japanese celebrity called Ken Takakura (高倉健) born as Goichi Oda.

Then the same guy with a dog stand in front of a big ship with the same car with Japanese license plates: Continue reading

Japanse Autosport Festival: the classics

I think many of you have waited for this: the classics at the Japanse Autosport Festival!

The best classic on the terrain was this original Dutch 1977 Honda Civic SB parked in the parkinglot:
Honda Civic SB
As you can see it is in perfect condition and I could not find a spec of rust on it. It also has been fitted with a set of periodically correct vintage alloys.

The only comment I can give is that it was missing one small thing: Continue reading

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