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Mitsubishi’s “Re-Model A” Pays Homage to the Brand’s First Automobile

Posted December 05, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

In 1917, the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company of Kobe, Japan, introduced its first automobile, the Model A limousine, based upon Fiat’s Tipo 3. A century later, Mitsubishi is still building vehicles, and to commemorate its centennial, the Japanese automaker partnered with West Coast Customs to create the “Re-Model A,” a restomod that blends Model A styling with the latest Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover.

From the beginning, both Mitsubishi and West Coast Customs wanted to do more than drop a Model A body onto an Outlander chassis. While the California customizer attempted to retain as much of the Model A as possible, the goal was to include as many of the Outlander’s contemporary features – including the Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system, plug-in hybrid drivetrain, forward collision mitigation, and even smartphone integration – as possible. The result is something that looks neither contemporary nor old, but, perhaps, more like a Tom Daniel design from the 1960s, minus the exposed engine and sidepipes.

It's a mash-up of old school cool and modern West Coast flavor.

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