Interesting Facts About The Dodge Colt
- The Dodge Colt was originally developed as a captive import from Mitsubishi Motors and was initially intended to compete with the AMC Gremlin, Ford Pinto, and Chevrolet Vega. Since it was not a true Chrysler product as it was just a collaboration with Chrysler and Mitsubishi, the first generation of Dodge Colts ended up rivaling with fellow Japanese imports like the Toyota Corolla and Datsun 510.
- The Dodge Colt is actually a sporty car that is well utilized in rallying. It was the most widely utilized car for rallying both in the United States and abroad and has even appeared in several events from the 1970s to the 1980s. At the first ever Sno*Drift rally in 1973, a Dodge Colt landed on the third-place finish and repeated the feat in 1974 and in 1982.
- In the movie Spaced Invaders that was released in 1990, the official designation of the aliens' space ship came from the license plate of the '82 Dodge Colt that the director, Patrick Read Johnson, was driving at the time when the film was still in production.
- From 1971 to 1973, the Galants were supposed to be sold in Canada with the Dodge Colt name. However, it was distributed with the Plymouth Cricket nameplate instead. This was after Chrysler stopped using the Plymouth Cricket name for a rebadged model based on Hillman Avenger from the United Kingdom.
- The early 90s Dodge Colts especially the four-wheel drive wagon were ranked as "sleeper cars" in their class. A "sleeper car" is a car that looks like a standard or economy-class vehicle in the exterior but is actually built for high performance on the inside. The 90s Dodge Colt was called a "sleeper car" because car owners were impressed with its performance. It turned out to be easy to maneuver and economical in spite of its unassuming exterior.
- In 1971, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi's new partner and stakeholder, Chrysler Corporation began importing the Mitsubishi Galant and sold it in the United States with the Dodge Colt name. The Galant, which was originally developed to compete with the Toyota Corona, Nissan Bluebird, and Mazda Capella, became the first car that Mitsubishi sold in the United States.