By on July 16, 2012

I’m always on the lookout for weird Mitsubishi products when I’m visiting wrecking yards, but the dawn of the 1990s brought less distinctive styling to Mitsubishis and they tend to hide in the background as I’m walking the rows of cast-off machines. The bullet holes in this 21-year-old Galant, however, caught my eye. We’ll return to the cars of the Brain Melting Vintage Junkyard soon, but today we’re going back to the “traditional” Colorado self-service yard.
I’m pretty sure that Galant sales figures didn’t have Toyota or Honda execs losing any sleep back in the day, and my recent experience with a rented ’11 Galant convinced me that the Camry and Accord still have nothing to fear.
This one didn’t make it to 200,000 miles, though 150,000 seems respectable for a Mitsubishi.
As for the bullet holes, it appears that someone went all gangsta-style on this car and fired a bunch of handgun rounds (I’m sure there’s a reader who can identify the year, make, and model of the firearm just by looking at the holes) through the windshield into the front seats. The holes in the seats are at heart level, but the lack of blood and/or police-impound stickers indicate that the car was unoccupied during the shooting.
The slugs passed through the windshield, front and rear seats, and the sheet metal behind the seat before coming to a halt in the trunk.
I used to see this sort of thing all the time in Oakland junkyards during the crack wars of the early 1990s, and you still see the occasional bullet hole in junked California cars. This is the first I’ve seen in a Denver yard.
Will Galants of this era ever have any collector value? As Chou En-Lai (perhaps) said about the significance of the French Revolution, it’s too early to tell.

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18 Comments on “Junkyard Find, Cold Blasted Edition: 1991 Mitsubishi Galant...”

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    I think the Galant VR-4 has a chance.

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    Rental Man

    +1 on VR-4 nutbags

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    I have been trying to get a guy a town over from me to sell his deceased fathers 89 Mirage Turbo. The car has been sitting in the driveway for probably close to 8 years and now has green mold on it. It kills me to see the car sitting there as a lawn ornament!

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    Yeah, the VR4 was the closest thing we got to the Evo, so it’s a shoo-in for collectability.

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    The Acura dealer I worked at was roughly 20 miles outside of Philly and that brought in some unique situations. We once had a car come in (Legend I believe) with all sorts of electrical gremlins, especially relating to headlight function. A quick visual inspection of the vehicle revealed 2 holes in the center of the windshield a few inches above the dash. Further inspection revealed 2 marks on the hood where bullets bounced off of it into the windshield, and then those 2 bullets were found lodged in the rear seat back.

    After poking around behind the bumper a bit, sure enough a bullet was found to have traveled through the wiring loom and into the lower rad support. After a brief call to the police, the car was dragged away and “interrogated”. I never found out what that car was involved in, but I was definitely curious.

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    Car pics from the Secret Happy Hunting Grounds should be doled out slowly. Lest people begin to think post-war Pontiacs and IH pickups are a common sight.

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    I feel like I just watched an upcoming episode of Gangland.

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    No photos of the the full instrument cluster? These had enormous twin dials that were marvels of readability.

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    My college roommate had one of these cars around 2000-2001, in stereotypical 90’s green. It seemed like what this car lacked was reliability and execution. It felt like it had a lot more equipment but was built more cheaply than my Prizm, and was infinitely less reliable (than my already only somewhat-reliable Toyota clone). The two biggest issues – the air suspension went out early, and was a >$1500 fix (so, basically, it had no shocks), and while driving the main computer caught on fire, causing smoke to come billowing out of the hood. Again – >$1500 fix.

    I know he truly hated this car, and wished he had his Dodge Shadow back (that should definitely tell you something).

    Thanks for the pics!

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    9mm FMJ is my best guess for the round. Firearm? No idea. :)

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    Felis Concolor

    What may well be the largest single collection of VR-4 Galants in North America can be found in a Colorado yard somewhere to the south of Denver. Per the owner’s wish for it to remain undiscovered, I won’t be any more specific than that. Most of his vacations turn into road trips to obtain another VR-4 in need of TLC and a few replacement bits from the donor vehicles in his collection.

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    Wayzata Mitsu is/was(?) in Wayzata, MN. This was a rust belt’er

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    Galant was the luxury model and name was demoted for 1989. The GS was ’89 Motor Trend Import Car of the Year!

    Yeah, I know, ‘big whoop’.

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    I think a certain redneck used this car as target practice.

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    MRF 95 T-Bird

    The really strange one was the Galant Sigma. An upscale version of the Galant that competed with Maxima, 929 and Cressida.

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    A little hard to tell due to no real reference scale but I’m going with 7.62 x 25 Tokarev.

    Probably fired out of a CZ 52, they were dirt cheap for quite a while with a lot of surplus soviet ammo out there. Very popular with the urban thug on a budget.

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