Saturday, April 7, 2012

1964 Mitsubishi Debonair

After its rivals Nissan, Prince and Toyota have unveiled large saloons aimed at the executive market, Mitsubishi follows suite with the six-cylinder OHV Debonair. Though designed under the responsibility of an ex-GM employee, Hans Bretzner, it actually reveals a strong influence from the Lincoln Continental. Though its dimensions are impressive by Japanese standards, it strictly follows the regulations drawn by the Nippon government regarding vehicles’ size. Furthermore, it can easily manoeuvre through narrow Tokyo streets thanks to an extremely tight turn radius.

Mitsubishi Debonair
● Introduction: October 1963 (introduction), April 1964 (production). Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled inline six, 2.0-litre, 105 hp, mounted at the front. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 467 cm. Top speed: 155 kph. Range: four-door saloon.

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