As far as Japanese sports cars go, the 1990s will forever be known as the golden era. But some real gems came out of the 1980s as well, like this 1987 Mitsubishi Starion. Built from 1983 through 1989, the Starion was also sold as the Dodge Conquest, the Plymouth Conquest and the Chrysler Conquest, given Mitsubishi‘s captive import agreement with Chrysler during the era. Unlike the front-wheel-drive Eclipse and 3000GT that followed it, the Starion was a true rear-wheel-drive sports car. Under the hood was a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making between 145 and 197 horsepower, paired with either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.
Starting with the 1986 model year, Mitsubishi introduced a high-performance, intercooled, widebody Starion dubbed the ESI-r.
If you’re looking for one of these little-known vintage sports cars, consider this example. This 1987 ESI-r model comes with the widebody kit offered in later years and a 5-speed manual transmission. Mitsubishi massaged the Starion’s engine over the years, and 1988 models were putting out close to 190 hp. Other performance-enhancing attributes in the Starion are a fully-independent suspension, a limited slip differential and staggered 16-in wheels.
According to the listing, this Starion is completely stock, and the seller is the third owner. The brakes, radiator and clutch were all replaced in the last 1,000 miles, and it’s riding on a new set of tires. Located in New Albany, Ohio with 111,000 miles on the odometer, this 1987 Mitsubishi Starion can be yours for $7,900. Find a Mitsubishi Starion for sale
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