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Top 10: Mitsubishi's best bits from 45 years in the UK

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) celebrates 40 years in Europe in October 2013, with the first UK-specification cars being unveiled at the 1974 London Motor Show. The Lancer and the Galant were the first products launched, and were sold under the Colt marque, which remained in place until 1982, when it was replaced by the parent company's name.

Since those early days, Mitsubishi went from strangth to strength in the UK, enjoying huge commercial success with the Shogun 4x4 from the early 1980s (it defined a new market sector between Land- and Range Rover, which the Discovery plugged in 1989). It was an early turbo adopter, too, (and not just with the Lancer 2000), and ended up truly capitalising on its all-wheel drive technology in WRC, taking five championships (four Driver’s and one Manufacturer’s), as well as 12 Dakar victories.

Enjoy our top 10 gallery of some of the company's landmark cars.

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Colt Celeste (1974-1982)

The appealing-looking Celeste was little more than a three-door coupe version of the Lancer, replacing the original FTO (which we never saw in the UK). In effect, it was a rival to the four-cylinder Ford Capri, Opel Manta, and Toyota Celica, although it failed to catch-on in the way its rivals did, proving rare when new. The Celeste was offered in 1.4-, 1.6- and 2.0-litre form, but handling was far from sporting. Replaced by the Cordia in 1982 - and considerd today to be a fringe and rather cult classic with a small but keen following. 


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