1986 Mitsubishi Cordia – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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It might not the turbo GSR model, but by gosh we haven’t seen one this clean in a long time

The Mitsubishi Cordia was one of those ambitious 80s offerings, vying for piece of a saturated market amongst some serious sales contenders such as Toyota’s Corolla, the Piazza, and even Mitsubishi’s own Starion.

Cordias suffered a fairly low survival rate thanks to years of attrition at the hands of young owners. In non-turbo guise, they weren’t exactly remembered as awe-inspiring; sharing many components with the smaller Colt, and powered by a 1.6lt Saturn engine. Engines were enlarged across the range to 1.8lts a few years after release- however remained outgunned in naturally-aspirated guise thanks to its SOHC design.


It was a capable steerer however, with rack-and-pinion steering, macpherson strut suspension up front and an independent trailing arm rear. It was certainly much improved on the understeer-ridden Colt.

While the turbo GSR, and it’s larger 1.8lt force-fed unit, is the pick of the litter for most enthusiasts, this GSL variant occupied the more luxury-oriented offering of the range, which came standard with niceties such as power steering, power windows, and remote-mirror adjustments.

It’s a late-production 1986 model, and is one of the nicest examples we’ve seen of the breed in a long time.


The Cordia’s odometer reads 116,961kms and, in photos, presents near-new and hard to fault.

Not much info has been included in the listing, however the seller describes the car as ‘one of the best in the country’; and is rust-free and drives ‘as new’.

They also point out that the car requires no restoration – which, if the car turns out to be as nice as the photos, we’re inclined to agree with.


The Cordia would suit the eclectic Japanese enthusiast, or any fans of the more oddball offerings out there.

It’s based in South Australia and is listed for $9,500.

Check out the full listing here!


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