As we’ve seen on this sequence, Coloradans purchased loads of all-wheel-drive-equipped AMC Eagles, VW Quantum Syncros, Audi Quattros, and Toyota All-Tracs throughout the Eighties. The fits at Mitsubishi Motors noticed all these AWD-enhanced automotive gross sales in snowy American areas and determined to promote some rally-influenced Galants on our shores. A number of a long time later, this rare-but-not-valuable Galant GS-X appeared in a Colorado Springs self-service automotive graveyard.
I see the occasional street-driven Galant VR-4 round Denver, so I at all times verify for examples of these uncommon turbocharged machines once I hit the native boneyards. No luck on that to date, however I did handle to seek out the VR-4’s naturally-aspirated sibling.
This was across the time that Toyota managed to promote a handful of Camry All-Tracs in North America, and the Galant GS-X was a less expensive and sportier all-wheel-drive sedan which will have pried a few gross sales away from Toyota salesmen. In fact, Mitsubishi’s viscous-coupling AWD system wasn’t as refined as All-Trac (or Quattro), however it labored nicely sufficient in snow or mud.
The engine was a DOHC 4G63 four-cylinder rated at 135 horsepower, and we are able to assume it now lives on in some hot-rodded Eagle Talon blatting out its mating name on I-25.
I’m positive GS-X consumers might get an computerized transmission in the event that they so selected, however this automotive had the five-speed guide.
The gauge cluster has the slushbox gear indicator, nonetheless, so we could also be a automotive that started its profession with two pedals. I believe it’s extra probably that it had a cluster swap on account of unhealthy gauges, although; I put an computerized cluster in my 5-speed Civic some time again, as a result of I couldn’t discover a cluster from a guide automotive in sufficiently good situation.
With that in thoughts, this just-over-100k odometer studying ought to be considered with some skepticism.
Galant GS-Xs and VR-4s pack a certain quantity of historic significance, since they led on to the creation of the Lancer Evolution, however their real-world financial worth doesn’t come to a lot. Nonetheless, precisely the form of automotive I need to discover once I’m within the junkyard.
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