Edi­tors’ PICKEACH 1983 Mit­subishi Cor­dia GSR


New Zealand Classic Car - - TRADE PROFESSIONALS -

Todd Mo­tors, the Pe­tone­based ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, pro­duced some iconic ve­hi­cles over the years, such as the Hill­man Hunter, the Minx, Chrysler Alpine, and even a range of Dodges and De So­tos. How­ever, it wasn’t un­til more re­cent times that it started pro­duc­ing Mit­subishis such as this 1983 Mit­subishi Cor­dia GSR. Love ’em or hate ’em — there’s lit­tle doubt that this par­tic­u­lar one­lady-­own­ersince-­new ex­am­ple is in as­ton­ish­ingly orig­i­nal con­di­tion for its age. It’s been owned by that sin­gle lady — by the name of Betty — since it left the Todd Mo­tors fac­tory in 1983, and the car’s over­all ap­pear­ance shows that it’s had very lit­tle use over the years. Un­for­tu­nately Betty re­cently passed away, so it’s now up to her Auck­land­based fam­ily to move the Cor­dia on. The car has been stored in a garage since 1983, has had blan­kets cov­er­ing the rear seats, and sheep­skin cov­ers on the fronts. As you can imag­ine, it’s like step­ping into a time ma­chine, tak­ing you straight back to the early ’80s — it’s like new. In the early ’80s, the tur­bocharged variant of the Cor­dia — dubbed the GSR — was the one to pur­chase. The 1600cc four­cylin­der en­gine, tur­bocharged with a blow-­through car­bu­ret­tor set­up, has am­ple grunt to pro­pel the two­door coupé more than ad­e­quately. This ex­am­ple also boasts the fac­tory-­fit­ted ‘Power, and Econ­omy’ lever, Mit­subishi-speak for an over­drive unit op­er­at­ing on the four­speed gear­box, ef­fec­tively giv­ing it eight for­ward gears. There is no power steer­ing in this old girl, but if an el­derly woman could han­dle it, then it can’t be too ar­du­ous on the bi­ceps. En­gine, gear­box and in­te­rior are in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion, how­ever, there is a small line of rust fight­ing through the paint on the rear­quar­ter pan­els above the rear wheels — a com­mon prob­lem with th­ese mod­els. If you have the guts to pur­chase the Cor­dia, do it up in the re­quired ar­eas, and you’ll cer­tainly have your­self a unique Ja­panese car — per­haps even a fu­ture clas­sic — to hold on to. The ve­hi­cle even comes com­plete with the orig­i­nal Todd Mo­tors War­ranty card, re­ceipt, ser­vice­care plan, and orig­i­nal reg­is­tra­tion pa­pers — a must for any pro­fi­cient clas­sic col­lec­tor.

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