Mitsubishi Colt 800 is a series of passenger vehicles designed and manufactured by Mitsubishi. It was introduced in November 1965 as a 2-door fastback sedan, the first of its design in Japanese market. When in 1971 the Galant sedan was introduced by Mitsubishi, the Colt 800 was ceased.
Colt 800 was appeared in 1965 as a fastback sedan. It was equipped with a 3-cylinder 2-stroke 843 cc engine developing 45 PS (33 kW) mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox and reached to the top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The curb weight of Colt 800 was 750 kg. Although, it looked pretty much like a hatchback, it never offered with a rear hatch. The Colt 800 was also sold as a little pickup and a wagon version. The pickup version was sold in Australia as ‘UTE’ and wagon version was sold as ‘Van’ in Japan. With the new stricter emissions standards looming, the production of the 2-stroke engines were ceased in 1968.
The 2-stroke 800 engine was further improved with the introduction of larger 4-stroke 977 cc pushrod powerplant taken from the previous Colt 1000 in September 1966. The engine used in the Colt 1000F where F stands for Fastback, discern it from its conventional sedan equivalent, developing 55 PS (40 kW). A lifting tailgate was offered in the Colt 1000F in 1967 for which the design had always promised. Later, a 4-soor sedan was introduced in the Colt 1000F lineup. Both 1000F and 2-stroke 800 remained in the production line till May 1969. In later years only the 1.1-L models were offered.
The Colt 1000F was regarded as the Mitsubishi’s first ever rally car. The Colt 1000F earned a lot of titles in the World Rally Championships and Dakar Rally and it all set into motion with an unexpected class victory. In 1967, the Colt 1000F stood fourth in the Southern Cross Rally held in Australia.
The Colt F was entertained with 58 PS (43 kW) engine taken from the Colt 1000 sedan and eventually the Colt F transformed into Colt 1100F Sports. With this engine power, the car developed the top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). Later in 1968, a new twin-carb ‘Super Sport’ version was released with maximum speed of 155 km/h (96 mph) and 73 PS (54 kW). The 1100F stood third in overall ranking, while first and second in its class at the Southern Cross Rally in 1968.
Prior to May 1969, both 100F Sports and Super Sports versions were offered as 2- and 3-door fastback body styles, but the whole lineup was renewed and rebadged as the Colt 11-F in 1969. The ‘cooking’ version of rebadged Colt offered with a pushrod KE44 engine with 62 PS (46 kW). Five different body styles were offered for Colt 11-F. the Super Sports version of Colt 11-F featured front disc brakes.
In 1970, Mitsubishi ceased the production of Colt 11-Fwith offering any regular replacement for it.