It’s strictly a coincidence that I found this Dodge Colt wagon just before the CC Colt Chronicles were scheduled to be rerun. Colts of any stripe are now very hard to find, and these classic late ’80s origami-style wagons in particular. So I was pretty chuffed, and although we just covered the same generation more broadly here, this one is worth a closer look.
This generation Colt first arrived in 1985, but it wasn’t until two years later that the wagon version joined the corral. These Colts are of course just re-branded Mitsubishi Mirages. And although the wagon is reasonably roomy, these all sat on the same 93.7″ wheelbase.
Apparently the rear seat back did not fold flat, as was commonly the case.
This one sports an automatic, a three speed. The carburated 1.5 L SOHC made all of 69 hp, so teamed up with the automatic, these were not exactly sportwagons. But they got the job done, and typically in very reliable fashion.
I couldn’t get the license plate to yield any results in two look-up sites, so I’m not sure of the exact year. But these wagons continued to be built when the next generation Colt came along.
The most interesting member of the family was the AWD wagon. These sat taller not just for ground clearance, but also to make room underneath for the solid rear axle, much like the Tercel/Corolla and Civic AWD wagons. These used a larger 1.8 L engine, and the automatic was not available.
One could say that these were analogous to today’s compact CUVs.
It’s an extinct species now.