Colt Classic: 1974 Dodge Colt Wagon – SOLD!
October 26, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Our Malaise Monday theme overlapped with Wagon Wednesday when we spotted this rarely seen 1974 Dodge Colt four-door wagon originally listed in October 2021 on Craigslist in Mountain View, California (San Franciso) that appears to be an automatic-equipped, survivor example offered at $6,950 currently. A check of the J. D. Power NADA Guides Online Valuation Tool confirms this asking price falls within this guide’s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of, $3,775, $5,250, and $11,000, respectively.
In an effort to compete with the growing tide of independent Japanese imports, Chrysler leveraged its fifteen percent ownership stake in Mitsubishi to import the company’s Galant subcompact line. For 1974, Dodge imported the second-generation Mitsubishi Galant as a rebranded-for-America Dodge Colt. Based on the platform of the first-generation model, the rear-wheel-drive Galant sedans and coupes received a new, somewhat rounder body in 1973, while wagons continued with the old body with a facelifted front end. The new version, with single headlights rather than the doubles of the previous generation, became the 1974 Dodge Colt in the US, available in the same body styles as the first one.
The Bionic Disco YouTube Channel features this 1976 version of Dodge’s “Some Much For So Little” marketing campaign used to sell the Dodge Colt line:
The seller reports their Colt received a repaint at some point although the hood is showing signs of paint peel that will need to be addressed. While this California car featured factory A/C when new, the seller notes the compressor is missing, so it might be hard to source a replacement. If you’re into Japanese Malaise-Era imports, it’s highly doubtful you’ll ever run into another example at any car show you drive this wagon to.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Pre 1975 Vehicle soo California Smog Test EXEMPT Forever. Keep Stock or Go Crazy with emissions-free Horsepower.
Beautiful & Extremely Rare, 1974 Dodge Colt Station Wagon. Re-Badged Mitsubishi Galant Built in Japan then Imported by Dodge and Sold as Colt for US Market.
Just 68k Miles. Many New & Newer Engine, Transmission & Driveline Parts.
Newer; Paint, Chrome, Brakes, Suspension, Cooling, Exhaust, Wheels &
Factory Air Conditioning but missing compressor.
Famous, Ultra Reliable, High Revving, Lightweight
Steel Block with Aluminum Head & Overhead Camshaft Mitsubishi Engine. Aluminum Intake &
Mikuni / Solex 2 Barrel Carb. Electric Fuel Pump.
Cool Alloys with BF Goodrich Sport Tires.
Definitely Worth your time and Money. $6800“
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