Chrysler began importing Mitsubishi Colt Galants for the 1971 model year, and Mitsubishis bearing Dodge (or Plymouth) Colt badging streamed across the Pacific Ocean and into American dealerships for the following 23 years.
I spotted this vibrantly decorated ’93 model in a Phoenix self-serve yard earlier this month.
The hatchback Colt disappeared after 1992, and most of the 1993-1994 seventh-generation Colts were four-doors. You could get this car with Eagle Summit badging through 1996, but the Neon replaced the Colt for 1995. It was sort of an anticlimactic end for the Colt Era.
Not quite 200,000 miles on the clock before its demise, but close enough. Colts didn’t hold together quite as well as Civics or Corollas, but they were more reliable than members of the Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon family, which lasted all the way through the 1990 model year.
All the Dodge Ram vinyl decal badging seems out of place on a Mitsubishi, but at least the red leopard-skin interior makes sense.
Some Mirages had marker lights here, so Chrysler saved a buck by filling the holes with plastic badges bearing Dodge emblems.
Power came from the fuel-sipping 1.5-liter 4G15 four-cylinder Orion engine, cousin to the powerplant used in the early Hyundai Excels.
“Colt’s multi-valve engine is a great way to get your kicks.”
Pump up a kei car in Japan and you get a Mirage!