Galant Λ (Lambda)

1976

Galant Λ (Lambda)

Following the Galant Ʃ, the Galant Λ 2-door personal luxury model made its market debut in December 1976. It was given the Λ designation because in Greek it corresponds to the letter L which in turn is the first letter in the word "luxury." Described in advertising copy at the time as "neither a hardtop nor a coupe," Galant Λ used the same chassis components as the Galant Ʃ but was differentiated by its unique styling which used rectangular double headlamps for the first time in Japan, a long slanted nose and a rear window which wrapped round into the body sides. Later a model with a large front bumper and indicator lamps housed in roll bar garnish was added to the lineup. The Galant Λ's single spoke steering wheel was not just a case of seeking a unique direction in terms of fashion but also had the function of making the instrumentation easier to see. Initially it was only offered with a 2.0 L engine but 1.6 L and 2.6 L units were added later. Overseas it was sold under the Mitsubishi Sapporo nameplate, the moniker stemming from the fact that the name Sapporo had become known world-wide as the host city of the 1972 Winter Olympic Games held in Hokkaido. The Galant Λ advertising used Finnish model and Vogue cover girl Pia-Sofia Kiukkonen as its poster girl - the first time Mitsubishi Motors had used this marketing technique.

Overall length 4510mm
Overall width 1675mm
Overall height 1330mm
Engines 2.0L