Mitsubishi Starion Turbo – Performance Cars – Eclipse Magazine

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Mitsubishi Starion

What’s in a Name?

Let’s get name out of the way for starters. While the might think Starion is an mispronunciation of the English word for a horse, back in the day Mitsubishi it was a shortened form of Star of Whatever that meant.

Wars and Battlestar Galactica recent memories in 1982, so it at sounded futuristic.

In Australia, the Turbo represented a stunning that Mitsubishi Motors had as a maker of performance cars. this was long before Evo and the V8 Commodore of the day produced just as power from 5.0-litres as the did from its turbocharged 2.0-litre The Starion not only looked it had landed from outer it was high-tech too.

Different versions existed the world. In North America, bigger is always seen to be the Starion got a 2.6-litre turbo There was also a wide-body with extended wheel and a wider track, and even an version that was used in

Australia never got these, but of motor sport, the Starion plenty of success including the Australian Production Car Championship in while in 1986 David Officer came second in the Rally Championship in a Starion.

The bowed out of the Australian market in as a JD model (there was a JB but strangely, a JC) with an official price tag of It was later replaced by the twin-turbo V6, drive, all-wheel steer GT coupe. But just because it is doesn’t mean the Starion is forgotten.

Robert Sebek and his 1982 Starion Turbo

The ad on the car classified stood out like a penguin in the Partly because of the car – a red 1982 Mitsubishi Starion – but mainly because of the price.

While owners of of a similar vintage reckoned in the region of $3000 to $4000 was a place to start for their and joy, this particular car had a price of no less than attached to it.

Genuine buyers the ad read, but still worth a for the curious.

Did that price include a steering wheel? A racing including a Le Mans 24-hour Perhaps previous ownership by Johansson? None of the above,

According to owner Robert what makes his Starion is the love he has lavished upon it.

The ad was a bit of a really, he said. I’ve had the car 1987 and don’t really to sell it, hence the price.

It as a bit of a surprise when someone Queensland actually offered me but I had to say no. My daughters said, ‘there’s no way selling the Starion!’

For those who know, the Starion was an audacious coupe produced by Mitsubishi in the early 1980s at a time the latest fuel crisis to have run its course and car makers tentatively getting back the performance field.

Mitsubishi Starion

Turbocharging engines for extra looked like the way of the future and the didn’t pull any punches. Its four cylinder engine a turbo and electronic fuel was good for 125kW of power together with low overall a five-speed gearbox and rear-drive made the Starion weapons-grade

When it arrived in Australia in May costing $20,277 the Starion much smoked its rivals, were either limp-wristed but Japanese coupes or expensive but Europeans. On top of that, the Starion’s three-door liftback body, scoop and pop-up headlights the duck’s guts of early automotive design.

That first JA model had a little more chutzpah those that succeeded it: move to unleaded petrol in may have been good for the but the weaker brew of fuel later Starions had a little engine power.

So it’s and a fresh faced young Sebek is looking to replace his old with something a bit tastier, so with his Mum he spies the cherry red JA Starion in a car yard in the Melbourne of Cheltenham.

The previous owner was a little old lady apparently and it fabulous, so we snapped it up.

Many down the track the Starion has serviced religiously every modified with bigger wheels and low profile tyres, given a new stereo (no CD players in those days, and an MP3 was a Canberra scandal) and even had an engine

It spends most of its time in Mum’s garage while gets about in an equally – perhaps more so twin-turbo Mitsubishi GTO coupe. But he ever actually be able to with the Starion?

My daughters got their eyes on it further the track so it doesn’t look he said. It really is part of the

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