Colt 600

1962

Colt 600

Introduced in 1962, the Mitsubishi Colt 600 was the first Mitsubishi model to bear the Colt name. The Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe that won the Class A victory in the 1962 Macau Grand Prix received high critical acclaim for its performance but with other auto makers starting to bring out a wide variety of K-cars it was on this classification that consumer popularity focused because of its favorable tax treatment. To break through this situation Mitsubishi gave the styling and equipment specification of the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe, which had been slated for being too simple, a complete makeover. The new model sported a somewhat pointy exterior design crafted using narrow lines for the front half and the tail of the body, while the interior underwent an overall refinement. Colt 600 retained the monocoque body and rear-mounted engine/rear-wheel drive configuration of the 500 Super Deluxe but was made more competitive with the use of a steering column shifter, a bench seat and increased fuel tank size. Colt 600 displayed its high performance qualities when Mitsubishi entered it in the 1963 Malaysian Grand Prix where it took line honors as well as second and third places in the under 600 cc class. Some 10,000 Colt 600s were produced up to May 1964 and the model is recognized as being a prime mover in driving the company's growth.

Overall length 3385mm
Overall width 1410mm
Overall height 1370mm
Engine 594cc