Saying Goodbye to the Mitsubishi Sigma - Our Shed

By: Glenn Torrens

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mitsubishi sigma 4 It had been stored in a shed in suburban Melbourne since its original owner died mitsubishi sigma 4
mitsubishi sigma 2 The Sigma required work to the fuel pump and cooling system to get it going mitsubishi sigma 2
mitsubishi sigma 3 GT gave the Sigma one last service before handing it over mitsubishi sigma 3
mitsubishi sigma inspection The choke is in a bit of an odd location but works okay mitsubishi sigma inspection
mitsubishi sigma interior Seat covers from new had kept the interior stunning mitsubishi sigma interior
mitsubishi sigma My Sigma with its happy new owner mitsubishi sigma

In a rare and remarkable turnaround, Glenn Torrens sells a car instead of buying one

Regular readers might realise that I’ve bought several cars in the past couple of years: a Mazda MX-5, a ’79 Holden Commodore wagon, a chop-top 1980 Bertone-built Volvo 262C, an ’89 Holden Calais V8 and an ’82 Mitsubishi Sigma. A couple of other cars have arrived at my place that I haven’t mentioned much, too: another Commodore project car, another Beetle (or two...or three) and a more recent not-yet-classic Commodore wagon as a daily driver.

So it’s a bit busy around here!

mitsubishi-sigma-2.jpgThe Sigma required work to the fuel pump and cooling system to get it going

And that was one of the reasons why I decided recently to sell something. After a few weeks of soul-searching, I decided my ’82 shed-find one-owner Sigma would have to go.
I’d found the Sigma as a deceased estate on a for-sale site. With less than 100,000km on the odo, the car hadn’t moved in six or eight years but was described as a runner that needed some minor work. I live in NSW and the shed-find Sigma was in Melbourne so Morley inspected it and came back with the assurance – and the threat! – that if I didn’t buy it, he would!

I agreed to buy it and with a deposit paid, the seller happily retained the car for a few weeks until I could travel to Melbourne, fix the age-related problems and drive it home.

mitsubishi-sigma-3.jpgGT gave the Sigma one last service before handing it over

The Sigma required tyres, an oil and fluids change, a battery and some work on the carby before being driven home on an unregistered vehicle permit. Later, once I had the car roadworthy on NSW H-plates, I replaced the headlining, installed fresh dampers and retro-fitted power steering. I happily cruised in the cool old Sigma for nearly 18 months, driving it to the shops and TAFE one or two days per fortnight as well as to many Cars & Coffee-type events.

But with everything else that was going on in my life – cars and other stuff – the Sigma was being parked-in more and more, and used less and less. Sometimes, when I went to start it, the battery was weak reminding me of the fact that I wasn’t driving the Sigma for four, five or six weeks…

mitsubishi-sigma.jpgMy Sigma with its happy new owner

Of course, I advertised it in Unique Cars. Sure enough, I received a few ‘I-work-on-an-oil-rig-but-give-me-your-bank-details’ scam messages and a few low-ballers sent offers of less than half my asking price. But after a couple of weeks, an enthusiast rang and came for a look. He offered very close to my asking price (enough for me to not refuse, but I wondered why he risked blowing his chance on what was surely the best Sigma he’d ever seen!) so now the Sigma has gone to an appreciative new home.



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