Galant GTO

1970

Galant GTO

Mitsubishi showed the Galant Coupe GTX-1 at the Tokyo Motor Show in the fall of 1969 where it created a sensation. Featuring long nose and short deck proportions and sporty, styling, the car was developed to gain a foothold in the market for cutting-edge specialty models. After further development, it was launched in November 1970 bearing the Colt Galant GTO nameplate. Deriving from the Italian Grande Tourismo Omologare, GTO signified that this was a model that had been officially approved as a GT car. Features distinguishing Colt Galant GTO included its long nose proportions and a ducktail that harmonized sporty and elegant lines with function of reducing air drag. It was also the first Japanese car to use curved side windows with a 50-inch curvature ratio in a tumblehome cross-section design. The roominess of the cabin overturned preconceived notions that coupes were short of interior space. Housing seven gauges and dials, the round-sided instrument panel gave the feeling of sitting in the pilot's seat of an aircraft. The GTO-MR performance version powered by Mitsubishi Motors' first DOHC engine (125 PS) today remains one of the most illustrious cars to grace the Japanese market.

Overall length 4125mm
Overall width 1580mm
Overall height 1310mm
Engine 1.6L