(This delightful oddball comes to us by way of SaaberJon)
I admit it–I love oddball cars (I collect SAABs for crying out loud), so when I spotted a SsangYong Actyon Sports for sale on the side of the road while driving home from dinner on a dusky North Georgia evening, I had to stop.
The Korean company SsangYong (meaning double dragons) has no presence in the US but they’re not entirely new to the car game and have an interesting history. In 1964, Hadonghwan Motor Company, formed by the merger of Hadonghwan Motor Workshop and Dongbang Motor Company, started building Jeeps for the US Army. The company changed its name to Dong-A in 1977 before being acquired by SsangYong business group in 1986. They’ve since been through further changes in ownership and are now part of Mahindra & Mahindra. Most of the cars with which our readers are familiar follow their collaboration with Daimler-Benz starting in 1991, a foundation which gave SsangYong enough engineering knowhow to last for quite a while, presumably helping their continued existence today.
This 2008 Actyon Sports, still with the plastic wrappers on the seats, has no drivetrain–presumably that’s how it made it through US Customs. It was available with a 2.0 VM Motori turbodiesel, and two or four-wheel drive.
The paper in the window says it’s been in storage for the past six years and it looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. Curiously, it’s completely de-badged except for the SsangYong logo on the wheels.
It just goes to show, surprises really do lurk around the corner when you least expect them.