Yes, I know this isn’t the first post with the title of Monday Musings. This IS the first Monday of 2019. Still doesn’t sound right to me…
As the calendar turns over a whole new bunch of cars can now be legally imported into the US. Any car 25 years old or older is somewhat exempt from DOT and EPA regulations. By the way, the month a car was built also matters. A car built in March of 1994 won’t technically be legal to import until March of 2019. Again, what car-haters don’t understand is that the vast majority of people don’t use their “collector” cars as everyday drivers.
From this piece on Autoblog.com comes a list of cars that can now be imported into the US. This car, whose existence was unknown to me until now, seems interesting:
From the autoblog.com article a picture of a Mitsubishi FTO. The car had a FWD layout and was available with three engines, the most powerful of which produced about 200 HP. Don’t dismiss Mitsubishi out of hand. The car below was nothing to sneeze at:
From smclassiccars.com a picture of a Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4. In Japan these were called the GTO; in the US the Dodge Stealth was basically the same car.
This car had 4-wheel steering and all-wheel drive (I think the Dodge variant had neither); in VR4 spec the car was powered by a 3-liter/181 cubic-inch twin-turbo V6 that produced 320 HP/315 LB-FT of torque and could move the car from 0-60 MPH in less than five seconds. This 2016 article from Road and Track was titled “The 1994 Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR4 Was Too Far Ahead Of Its Time” and subtitled “A car with electronics this advanced wouldn’t be out of place in 2016.”
I think in the US Japanese performance cars have more of a cult following. Those in this country with an interest in performance cars either want American “muscle” or, with a bigger wallet, something from Europe. I am an agnostic when it comes to cars (OK, I am an agnostic about a lot of things); as long as the car is interesting I am not too concerned with its origin unless, of course, it’s a
Volkswagen. No Shitlermobiles for this son of Holocaust survivors.
Do any of you have a “fetish” for a particular make or country of origin? By the way, right now the vote is 3-2 in favor of the Aston Martin DB5 over the Jaguar E-Type. I’ll keep the voting open until we leave for Arizona later this week.
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