Forgotten Heroes

Mitsubishi Emeraude – A Rare JDM Jewel

To be honest, I was in two minds about writing this instalment of ‘Forgotten Heroes’ on the topic of the truly rare and probably-impossible-to-find-now Mitsubishi Emeraude. Firstly, the Emeraude never sold particularly well, and can hardly be called a hero in terms of its longevity, popularity, or modern desirability. Secondly, the Emeraude was nothing to …

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Toyota Curren – The Forgotten Celica

In the mid to late 1990s, Toyota was winning the sports coupe game with the Celica. From basic economy models (for those who wanted to look like they owned a fast car) through to the fire-breathing, WRX and Evo-matching GT-Four, there was a Celica for everybody. And what if you wanted a Toyota Celica in …

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Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 – The Original Rally Rep

Ask the average car enthusiast to name the car that they would most associate with Mitsubishi’s rallying efforts, and 99% of answers would probably be the ‘Lancer Evolution’ aka ‘Evo’. Across a number of generations from the early 1990s to late 2000s, the Evo dominated the landscape and waged a constant war with the Subaru …

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Mitsubishi Legnum VR-4 – A Fast JDM Family Wagon

Mitsubishi probably isn’t the first brand you’d think of if somebody asked you to name a manufacturer that has built a “fast wagon”. Audi is perhaps the incumbent in the go-fast-family-wagon stakes, with Subaru being the Japanese pack leader (although sadly not so much any more with the demise of the Legacy GT) and Volvo …

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Mitsubishi Magna/Diamante Ralliart – Forgotten Heroes

Sometimes when browsing car classifieds, you come across a vehicle you forgot even existed. One such car is the Mitsubishi Diamante Ralliart (known as the ‘Magna’ Ralliart to Australians; I’ll use the two names interchangeably). In doing my research for my recent article on the Nissan Maxima Spec R (which was a rare, New Zealand-only …

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Nissan Maxima Spec R – A Local Hero

Once upon a time, Australia (and to a lesser extent, New Zealand) had well-developed domestic car industries. Unique, market-specific models were built in local factories by Aussie/Kiwi workers. At the same time, domestic versions of existing cars were built in these same factories, as opposed to importing finished cars from Japan, America or Europe. Socioeconomic …

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