From the captive import department of our long-term corporate relationships division comes this Dodge Colt four-door sedan. Under a mild job of Dodge re-branding, this compact sedan is a purebred Mitsubishi Colt, and an early example of a corporate manufacturing partnership that lasted for over thirty years. As has, evidently, this Dodge Colt. Rally-equipped Mitsubishi versions of the Colt were famously driven to victory by Joginder “The Flying Sikh” Singh and his brother Jaswant in 1974 and 1976 East African Safari Rally, proving the mighty Colt did indeed possess maximum durability.
A rear-drive Dodge Colt is rarely seen on the road today at all, let alone one that looks as if it drove off the showroom floor at the Chrysler Dodge Plymouth Import Center only a few weeks earlier. Rust does not sleep, which made the oddest thing about this well-preserved Dodge Colt sedan not the Chihuahua-sized sombrero on the dashboard, but the Michigan plates it was wearing. Not a single spot of the usual road-salt induced rust common to old buckets from the rust belt and north eastern states was visible on this Colt. Roll on rust-free captive import Colt. Roll on.