• I am in love with the idea of this car. It is one of the few '80s hatches that is fast enough, strange enough, and getting rare enough that it is possibly, maybe, sort of, starting to think about going up in value. They will eventually.
    Maybe one could consider this the '57 Chevy of the hot-hatch era that continues to this day.
    I can understand the need for the parts car. Junkyards used to teem with '80s cars very few are worth their parking spots and they are getting crushed. It is getting hard to find parts for them.
    Great find.

  • Had an '86 Colt GTS Turbo back in 1990. At a mere 49k miles it had gobbled its 5th gear synchros and its motor mounts. I bought it after a short test drive around town and thought it would be Japanese reliable, just like the trusty '81 Starlet I was trading in. Boy was I wrong!
    Still, very punchy when the turbo spooled up, great little car for dominating an intersection. Possibly the heaviest steering I've ever experienced. Every parking lot was a gym workout.

  • The Hyundai connection is kind of a non-factor. Hyundai bought Mitsu parts and engines for use in the Excel/Elantra/Sonata for many years. I had an Elantra with a 4G63. As far as reliability goes, none of the early turbos were that reliable. I've seen a few of these around, but I have never seen a Tredia or Cordia Turbo, which were allegedly sold in the U.S.

  • 1984 Colt Turbo (Pocket Rocket) edition was the black on black with gold stripes (only 400 of them were made and ship to the USA). It was my first new car, I loved it dearly and it was so fast and strong that I even added a hitch and pulled my 14' Bay Liner with it at the time, People stared a lot but I could do 75 80 mph going up hill. I love it so much that 32 years later, I had to find one and I was lucky to find two, and so, I found one in NJ and one in Reno, I bought them both. I drove the one in Reno back to the bay area and I had a great time thinking of all the old memories I have had with it. My intentions were to make one out of the two, the Pocket Rocket black edition had some rust on the doors, some how that changed after I drove them both. So I will post some pictures when they are both finished.

  • I had a 1984 black GTS Turbo. Stock boost is 7.5 psi. I added an intercooler and could pump in 15 psi. I could spin 3rd gear!! I removed the gold stickers/decals and it became the ultimate "sleeper".

  • I had a 1984 black GTS Turbo. Stock boost is 7.5 psi. I added an intercooler and could pump in 15 psi. I could spin 3rd gear!! I removed the gold stickers/decals and it became the ultimate "sleeper".

  • I had a 1984 GTS turbo colt. Black on black with gold trim, wheels, rear window louvers. Twin stick which broke twice. I put intercooler, borla exhaust, K&n air filter. Replaced wheels with gold 14” Enki and they had perelli 60 series. They were superior the the original equipment crappy Michelin. This thing was fast, beat a corvette until about 35. I hit 115 MPH, on I 75 in Flint MI. Everyone that drove it loved it, they would have a huge smile when they got out. Head gasket issues, fuel system issues, rusted fuel tank. As well as lost the low gear for the twin shift. Cheap fast fuel efficient and just plane fun.

  • I now own the car pictured above. Bought it in 2014. I had one new in 84 as a dumb 17yo kid and destroyed it. They went like hell but didnt stop worth a damn. After 4 years the only original body panels were the roof and passenger door, both that had mud in them. Looked for ten years to find one before i came across this one. Engine compartment and engine was already done when i got it. Did a complete tear down with new paint carpet and interior. Was able to save the turbo section on the seats to make it look factory correct. Great little car.

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