back in time, the popularity of the Colt lineup can be found in
the innovative approach which Mitsubishi has applied to each model
while retaining essential elements such as sportiness and compactness
which symbolize the Colt line.
adopted the brand name Colt for a special lineup of sporty vehicles
built in the 60s and early 70s. In 1962, the Colt 600 was the first
vehicle to be introduced to the market under the Colt name. As the
name suggests, it was sportier and more performance oriented than
its predecessor, the Mitsubishi 500. From its debut, the Colt 600
powered by a 25ps, 594cc air-cooled engine, received excellent reviews
from both the media as well as the public. At the Malaysia Grand
Prix in 1964, the Colt 600 took class honors to firmly establish
the Colt name in the world of motorsports.
saw the introduction of the Colt 1000. It
incorporated the KE43 engine, a 4-cylinder, 977cc unit with a power
output of 55ps which provided the Colt 1000 with a top end speed
of 125km/h. In 1964, only a year after its introduction the Colt
1000 was driven to victory in the 1964 Japan Grand Prix.
1965 the Colt 1500 was added to the sporty
lineup as well as the Colt 800, Japan's first fastback model. The
Colt 800 was equipped with a 2-cycle, 3-cylinder, 843cc, 45ps engine.
The Colt 1500 featured the 1498cc, KE45 engine which produced 70ps
Colt 1100 was released in 1966. It adopted the 1,088cc, KE44 engine
with a maximum output of 58ps at 6,000rpm. The Colt 1000F and
1100F, both fastback models were released later that year. With
top speeds of 135km/h and 140km/h respectively, the Colt 1000F and
1100F were destined to run at the front of the pack, and that's
just what the Colt 1000F did at the 1967 Southern Cross Rally in
Australia, one of the most gruelling events in motorsports. It took
class honors and was 4th overall. In the same event in 1968, it
again took class honors and improved its overall placement to 3rd.
In 1969, the Colt 1500 proved itself by placing 3rd overall -- Mitsubishi
Motors had left its mark in the world of motorsports as well as
having served notice that it was a name to be reckoned with.