Mitsubishi still isn’t bringing back a real Eclipse, but it is trading on its 100-year history and re-creating a 1917 Model A (Mitsubishi Model A, not Ford) on the platform of an Outlander PHEV SUV. To be clear, Mitsu didn’t re-create this — the company had the guys at West Coast Customs take a crack at it.
“The team at West Coast Customs seamlessly blended our past, present and future together in the form of the Mitsubishi Re-Model A,” said Francine Harsini, senior director, marketing, Mitsubishi Motors North America. “It’s been an exciting project to be a part of, and we are excited to share the finished product with everyone. Additionally, this unique build provided us the opportunity to use product integration to highlight Mitsubishi’s all-new Outlander PHEV, which comes to market later this year.”
It’s certainly funky-looking, with its modern tires, squared body and classic brass trim. Looking at the two, the old one actually looks a little more thought out, but it doesn’t have the 2.0-liter four with a twin-AC permanent motor and 12-kWh battery of the modern Outlander to hide beneath its sheetmetal.
This is the original Mitsubishi Model A, for comparison.
The Re-Model A gets Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system, plug-in charging capabilities, Forward Collision Mitigation and Smartphone Display Audio.
The original Mitsubishi Model A was based on the Fiat Tipo 3 and had a seven-passenger town car body with a 35-hp straight-four engine. It was expensive to produce, by hand, so Mitsubishi axed it after just four years.