[Do not test the Mitsubishi Starion Turbo GSR-III. It has SUPER POTENTIAL. Photo: Mitsubishi]
In 1986 Porsche had a real barnstormer on their hands in the form of the 944 Turbo. But they also faced intense competition from the Japanese brands who offered very similar performance at a much lower cost.
One of the great things about the automotive world is the fact there is no shortage of different kind of cars to learn about. With this in mind we want to know what car previously unexplored car you are currently the most intrigued by.
If the funky synthesizers and some weird guy staring at you aren't enough to make you want to hop in a time machine back to 1987, we don't blame you. However if you can look past the strange music and 80s style of this amusing vintage dealer promo, you'll see the 1987 Chrysler Conquest TSI.
While us Yanks had to suffered the Malaise Era with neutered V8s, Europe enjoyed more powerful and exciting touring cars, which will be celebrated in a new vintage racing series. It's Europe-only, but "selected cars" from America will be invited.
The Malaise Era was followed by the Turbo Era, and nobody got more into the entire Turbo Way Of Life™ than the Mitsubishi team responsible for the Starion. Even as it prepares for crushing, this '88 radiates turbo-osity!
What came after the Malaise Era? The Turbo Era, of course! In 1986, when your car had a turbocharger under the hood, you wanted the world to know it. This was the philosophy behind the Starion/Conquest.
With the Starion, Mitsubishi battled the 6-cylinder cars from Nissan and Toyota by turbocharging their four-banger. Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe has an '85 that's gone to Pep Boys to get reinforcements.
During the 1970s and '80s, Shusei Nagaoka was an album cover illustrator, delivering work for bands like ELO; Earth, Wind & Fire and Deep Purple. He also did car ads for Mitsubishi, including this heavenly birth Mitsubishi Starion illustration.
You have no idea, dear readers, how long I hunted- perhaps stalked is the more accurate term- this Mitsubishi. Starions are very rare these days, I wanted to shoot one in Alameda for this series, and here was this primered-out specimen living just a few blocks from my house (on the same block, in fact, as the '87…