Every so often manufactures bring along a couple of their heritage cars to SMMT Test Days, museum pieces if you like, and this year it was the turn of one of my 80s pin-up cars, the Mitsubishi Starion, 2ltr, single turbo, wide body. This, dear reader, is the car I was most looking forward to driving.
Back in the 1980s when I was a lanky and spotty teenager, I would gaze at the adverts that told me it was ‘The fastest 2ltr on the market’, and if I remember rightly, it was a shade quicker than the 2.8 Capri.
Unfortunately I was only allowed to drive the Starion around the city route, but still, it didn’t disappoint me. Yes there were creaks and the odd rattle - not from me this time, but I will let it off, after all it is 29 years old!
As far as I can remember, the Starion was Mitsubishi's first attempt at building a high performance coupé, and the unusual name is a shortened form of ‘Star of Orion’. I've always loved the Starion, and it's another one of my 'lottery-win' car buys.