The Mitsubishi Colt has enjoyed a colorful history in the Mitsubishi lineup. The name Colt as a badge has applied to numerous vehicles over the years. Collectors of Mitsubishi Colt cars should consider adding the Mitsubishi Colt workshop manual to go along with this classic car.
The first time Mitsubishi used the name Colt was in the 1960s. It originally was used for subcompact cars. These subcompact cars were originally only sold in Japan. The original Colt sold in Japan was marketed as a post-war family car. This Colt 600 was equipped with a very small straight twin engine.
The Colt 1000 was produced in 1963 and meant to be a larger, although still compact, car. Mitsubishi would go on to release a Colt 800, Colt 1500 and Colt 1100 and Colt 1200.
By the mid-1970s, Mitsubishi would be ready to release the Mirage Colt. In 1978 Mitsubishi released the Mirage Colt as a hatchback only available in Europe and Australia. Between 1978 and 2002 the company would release 5 generations of this Colt. These subsequent generations would be known as the Lancer and would include different models such as a station wagon and a sedan.
In 2002, Mitsubishi would release a new Colt in Japan that had been designed by Olivier Boulay. This Japanese version was only sold at Galant Shop, a retail chain. They would release a European version in 2003.
By 2004 Mitsubishi was making upgrades to their Colt vehicles. They began to offer it with a turbocharger, automatic transmission, and 6 gears. They also added variable timing which greatly increased the speed and power the car was able to reach.
2005 saw the release of a cabriolet version of the Colt. It was called the Colt CZC. This version featured a retractable hardtop.
As each new version of the Colt was rolled out, Mitsubishi added detailed upgrades. Subsequent models would have improved exhaust systems, stiffer suspensions, improved steering, stiffer chassis mounts, low profile tires, and improved seating. In fact, by 2008 they would incorporate a lower ride height, reinforcement of the shocks absorbers and a redesign of the rear spoilers.
Starting in 2013, Mistusbishi undertook the most extensive redesign to date. Every single body panel on the Colt was redesigned and the wheels were updated to 5 bolts from 4. They also offered different engine models as well.
Clearly, the Colt in all its versions is an important part of Mitsubishi history. If you happen to be the owner of any Colt, you should consider adding the Mitsubishi Colt service manual to your glove compartment to help keep your car in top shape.