I love Mitsubishis and so far the majority of my posts here have been Mitsu orientated. So....Here is another. I have a few non Mitsu shoots waiting on deck so no worries!
The Mitsubishi Starion is a car that I hold near to me. Over the years I have owned no less than four in both the flat sided and wide body configurations. Introduced to the world in ‘82, some markets got an early single cam version of the 4G63 that would go on to become the twin cam powerhouse that brought us the EVO we all know and love today.
This model is of the rare 4x4 Starion built to compete in the WRC in the amazing Group B class. Unfortunately the Group B class was outlawed and disbanded before the car was successfully homologated. Despite this the car managed a 1st in the experimental class in the ‘83 running of the Paris to Dakar Rally and a 2nd in the ‘86 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally.
This may be a bit of a cheat as this is Live and Let DIECAST and this is technically a resin model, but I hope you will let it slide! This is a 1/43 Scale by the resin division of Spark Model, Reve. They make two versions, this car which was driven by Danny Stacey Chau in the ‘86 Hong Kong to Beijing Rally ,not the 2nd place finisher and another driven by Lu Ningjun in yellow ‘555' livery, that was the second place car. These are both easy to find online and can be had for about $100.00. A value at the price considering the amount of detail rivals other resin cars costing twice as much. I managed to get it significantly cheaper as part of a package deal, but gladly would have paid asking!
The initial presentation is nice packaged in a plastic display cube and mounted on a flat white base listing details of the car. But wait....isn’t it missing something?
Decals! Spark figured out how to get around the tobacco licensing issues by including the ‘Lucky Strike’ words as separate decals for the buyer to ad at a later date if he or she wishes.
I cant find a reference as to where the ‘555' ones go so I have left those off until I see some definitive photos.
Took out a few of the other Starion race cars and one street car to round out the photo shoot. The others are all Kyosho 1/43 diecasts, the ‘Dulux Autocolor’ being a aftermarket repaint of the red/white/black Ralliart one.