Luxurious touches continued to be supplied, however, particularly in the interior. The wheelbase, shoulder room, leg room, and head space were all increased, and the trunk was slightly enlarged for more luggage capacity. After having owned the car for 7 years the engine had been rebuilt once and the transmission was redone at 175,000 km. From 1978 it was exported under various names; as the Mitsubishi Sapporo in and named for the city of , the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Sapporo in and , and the Chrysler Scorpion and later the Mitsubishi Scorpion in. It had a 4 cylinder engine and a 5 speed manual transmission. New heating ducts were added to help rear passengers. Even after production ended it remained a popular car with into the 1980s.
To make matters worst, after the repair was made, I drove off the lot and the engine vibrated like crazy. These were less flamboyant than on those sold in the North American market. Toward the end of its time with me it was getting a bit rusty, particularly at the bottom of the doors. I took care of all those items on my own and we eventually got rid of the car with about 150,000 on the odometer in 1991. The engine had just over 60,000 km on it but it was still strong and under the hood it was all clean.
This one was a basic model with the jet valve 1600 cc displacement silent-shaft Mitsubishi and 5 speed transmission. He loved the power from the big 4 cylinder and the nice fuel economy. It always felt in control, and it always started, even in harsh Wisconsin winters. It was offered for one more model year before the Dodge Colt name was gradually transferred to the. Japanese buyers were liable for more annual for selecting the 2. This Lancer also formed the basis for the sports coupé of 1975 through to 1981. It was by no means a muscle car, but was a blast to drive and got great gas mileage.
The Sapporo was a true 'hardtop' with no B-pillar at the rear of the door. Originally, the Lancer received an 1. Sitting on the same 2,340 mm wheelbase as the Lancer, length was up to 4,115 mm. The 1978 Sapporo rode on an extended wheelbase 99 vs 92 inches , with the same height and another couple of inches of width 65. Archived from on 4 April 2007. You'll also find rare sedans or coupes like the Mitsubishi Sapporo. This generation gradually became the A140-series in Japan, reflecting the introduction of new engines.
In 1987, Mitsubishi resurrected the Sapporo name for their , but this was an unrelated front-wheel drive, four-door. . The Japanese Restorer in Australia. We only had it for about 5 months before its life was cut short by a drunk in a red Mazda rust-bucket. Well he was pretty taken with the styling in and out plus all the power windows, mirrors, chimes and other gadgets.
The smaller Orion engined version 1. At higher engine speeds, air going through the jet valve moved slower it went faster than the speed of sound at idle and normal combustion took place. He bought it that day. However, the decline of endurance rallying and the rise of the class eventually signalled its demise. I have owned many cars but none as long as this Sapporo. The American- , Australian-, and Japanese-market 2.
The power mirror switches wore out - I think they'd been played with too much. For 1979 four more color combinations became available. As fate would have it I made my way down to Vancouver a week later for a wedding in 1981 and spotted the car from the highway at a Toyota dealership near town. These Lancers were sold under a multitude of names in different markets. Change it from black plastic to metallic or select between glasses and panels.
The car was great fun to drive, and it was difficult to keep it below 80 mph. For the 1981 model year the second generation , the suspension was completely revised, with improved geometry in front and an all new four-link rear suspension. A pickup version of the Arrow was released in 1979 which was also available with the 2. The driver's seat had a two-position lumbar support, which added greatly to long-journey comfort. Many other changes were also made in 1981.