1972 Mitsubishi Galant designed like American Pony Cars

Mitsubishi Galant GTO was produced from 1970 through 1975 and also known as the Colt Galant GTO. The design was inspired by American Pony Cars such as the Mustang and Firebird. This is understandable since the designer, Hiroaki Kamisago, had studied at the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena, California. The long hood and rounded head- and tail-lamps are very indicative of the American influence. This marked the first time a Japanese passenger car had a pillar-less design and full side windows.
The Galant GTO was originally available in three configurations. The M1 was equipped with a 1600 cc SOHC four-cylinder engine and a four-speed manual gearbox. The M2 upgraded the gearbox to a five-speed unit. The MR had both the upgraded gearbox and a modified engine. The engine was the 1600 CC engine but with twin-carburetors and a DOHC. The MR was only available for the Japanese market. By 1972 Mitsubishi offered the vehicle with upgraded equipment including the gearbox and the engine. The LS version was powered by a 2000 cc single-carburetor engine with an automatic gearbox. The GS had a five-speed manual gearbox. The GS-R was given aesthetic and performance improvements including a 2000 cc twin-carbureted engine that produced an impressive 125 horsepower. The five-speed manual gearbox, large 185 inch tires, and flared guards gave the vehicle an impressive stance and performance characteristics.

There was little change in 1973 but in 1974 Mitsubishi decided to modernize the styling a little with a honeycomb-style front grille. Near the close of production a few of the vehicles were outfitted with the Astron 80 engine which featured Mitsubishi's 'Silent Shaft' system.

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