Debonair

1964

Debonair

The Debonair is a flagship model into which Shin Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. poured its entire technological prowess as an automobile manufacturer. Powered by 2.0L 6 cylinder twin-carb engine, its maximum speed was 155km/h. The model made its first public appearance at the 1963 Tokyo Motor Show as the Mitsubishi Colt Debonair. It attracted favorable attention at the Motor Show, and was launched in July 1964.
In the 22 years before the advent of the Debonair V in 1986, basic design or styling and its unique lines remained and its dignified stylying was fondly regarded. The person responsible for the styling was GM designer Hans S. Bretzner, who took leave from the GM Design Center and was looking to work as a design consultant for a Japanese auto maker. Mitsubishi engaged his services. Bretzner worked passionately on developing the design of this model, to the extent that he went to Kyoto's famed weaving district of Nishijin to find a woven fabric for the seat upholstery for the car that was displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. He also designed the exhibit stand. Through its collaboration with Bretzner, the company was able to obtain valuable knowhow on using imported oil-based clay to create clay models.

Overall length 4670mm
Overall width 1690mm
Overall height 1465mm
Engine 2.0L