Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AUTOS: Celebrating A late Anniversary of an Overlooked Manufacturer...



Since why do I incorrectly conjure up thoughts of 'Ol "Joe Isuzu" when thinking of Mitsubishi? Especially since they're often called Mister bitchy...

Or not knowing the fact that they're now essentially owned by the Renault-Nissan alliance, since Nissan Motor Corp. now has the largest company stake with 34% ownership.
As how many of Y'all know of Mitsubishi Motors celebrating their Centennial as an Automobile manufacturer this year? As I certainly wasn't aware of the milestone until reading 'bout it via The Detroit News previously.

As the Detroit News story sez' Thar anniversary was May 4th, whilst WICKEDPedia' claims the company's birthday as October 1917...

Funny how when I think of Mitsubishi, for which the only two cars I recall are the Starion and the 3000GT, indelibly, it's somewhat raunchy nickname "Mister Bitchy" immediately comes to mind!

And although it was actually supposed to be its Chrysler Kissin' cousin's Dodge Stealth pacing the "Diamond Jubilee" 75th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 1991.

But when word leaked out that the Stealth and Mitsubishi 3000GT were produced in Japan, "My-Oh-My!" Mother Speedway fans implored: We Can't have NO Foreign built Car pacing our Race; aye Karumba!

For which Chrysler quickly relented, rushing out a pre-production Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster, for which 'Ol Shel' (Carroll Shelby) became it's Pace Car chauffer...


Ironically, I wasn't awares' until penning this story that the Starion's successor was the Dodge Stealth!

As the last news I heard about Mitsubishi was when late last year, Nissan took a 34% controlling interest in the scandalized company, after its CEO admitted to their cheating Fuel Economy testing practices. Now making it part of the Nissan Renault alliance.

But this story's about the Japanese Auto Maker's plans to celebrate their heritage with a custom built California's West Coast Customs Coachbuilder producing a Resto Mod of the company's debutant 1917 Model A vehicle...


As you've gotta admit it's the perfect way to brighten up their tarnished image. And that was before I'd heard 'bout Thar current improper Metallurgy crisis...

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