COLT LANCER £1,875
Introduced to the British market at last year's Earls Court Show, the Colt is made by Mitsubishi, one of Japan's largest manufacturers. All models have four-cylinder overhead camshaft engines noted for pep and relatively low fuel consumption, the two-door model being available in standard or Grand Luxe form. There is also a four-door model. The 1400 has a 92 bhp motor and four-speed gearbox, and the 1600 develops 100 bhp and has a five-speed box. The 'SL' is the sporting derivative of the 1600 and is equipped with adjustable steering column, rev-counter, and tinted glass.
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COLT GALANT ESTATE £2,150
The roomy Colt Galant Estate has four good-sized doors and a lift-up tailgate which affords a measure of weather-protection when loading in the rain. The Estate is powered by the 1597 cc overhead camshaft engine, but the Galant saloon models embrace both the 1600 and 2000 engines. The useful Estate comes complete with laminated windscreen, three-speed heater/ventilation booster, seat head-restraints, reclining front seats, radial-ply tyres, and a steering wheel instantly adjustable for angle. The engine is happy on two-star petrol, and the gearchange is light and slick.
COLT GALANT GTO £2,995
New to Britain, the super-version of the Mitsubishi-built Galant 2000 is a two-door coupé, classed as a 4 / 5-seater. Powered by the high-compression version of Mitsubishi's two-litre overhead camshaft engine, there is 125 (SAE) bhp on tap and a claimed maximum of nearly 112 mph. The smart bodywork has 'not locked' warning lights for doors, electrically-heated rear window, and pushbutton radio with electric antenna. The gearbox has five speeds, and the steering column is instantly-adjustable for angle. The Colt GTO has protective plastic inserts under wheel arches.
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