myth buster

De­bunk­ing the most com­mon old wives’ tales

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

1 The ja­panese couldn’t pro­nounce ‘stal­lion’

There is no ev­i­dence that the name of this tur­bocharged twoseater came about as a re­sult of a mis­pro­nun­ci­a­tion. All kinds of tales are bandied about hint­ing at mis­hear­ings and con­fu­sion, but it is a fact that the name comes from a con­struct of ‘Star of Orion’ to cre­ate the model name. Back in 1982 when the Star­ion took its bow, Ford had al­ready swiped ‘Orion’, and three di­a­monds ar­ranged in star for­ma­tion was Mit­subishi’s em­blem.

2 Spell­ing mis­takes de­ter­mined the car’s name

Wrong. Not only is it very un­likely a whole com­pany didn’t spot the mis­take, but Mit­subishi worked in close quar­ters with the Chrysler Cor­po­ra­tion, where some­one would cer­tainly have picked up such a mis­take well be­fore the car’s sil­ver-on-black plas­tic badges started to be punched out (in the USA, the Ja­panese-built car was also sold as the Chrysler, Dodge or Ply­mouth Con­quest).

3 The star­ion is for­get­table

Well, it shouldn’t be re­ally, be­cause it was quite a ma­chine for its day. The 2.0-litre turbo en­gine al­lowed 133mph and 0-60mph in 6.9sec, put out through the rear wheels, and all wrapped up in a chis­elled ‘80s metal wedge. Later there was a 2.6-litre (al­though still four-cylin­der) model with fuel in­jec­tion, cat­alytic con­verter and racy ‘wide body’ wing blis­ters. And, for in­no­va­tion geeks, the car had the nov­elty of its seat­belts mounted on its doors. The last was pro­duced in 1989.

Mit­subishi ‘s star­ion was ad­vanced – and ac­tu­ally rather quick.

no 9: Mit­sUBishi stAR­ion

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