Often a Kidney Car is something that’s rare because it’s unloved, bizarre, some berserk homologation model, or a 1 of 15 limited edition. The Diamond Star Motor triplets, however, are rare because the chassis was too beloved. Today’s 1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD hails from both the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach, Florida and, in case you thought we were talking about a bird’s claw, a long dead arm of ChryCo. What it is, though, is a rebadged mechanical twin to the Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive It Car of 1990.
1990 was the first full year of the DSM, with a hair over 2,000 having been built in 1989. This particular example is a top-of-the-line Talon TSi, equipped with a manual AWD driveline and the legendary 6-bolt 4G63 Turbo mill under the hood.
Most of them had the life beaten out of them and were often considered disposable street racers, but in the last 10 years they have begun to disappear and those that are around are usually in pretty sad condition. The DSM featured here has been owned by the same family for 25 years, when it was bought new by the seller’s uncle and garage kept its entire life. As of now, it reads only 62,902 miles on the odometer.
The car knows nothing of external wastegates or E85 conversions. Both family members have kept every receipt of every service performed on the vehicle, the total of which adds up to $3500, a fraction of what most surviving DSMs have into them and about 40 percent of the Buy It Now price, $8,500.
For said repairs, they appear to all have been done from the factory with brand new-in-box Mitsubishi Heavy Industries products, and it shows. Not a panel is loose nor a bolt stripped. It still has the original factory black paint on the turbo manifold heat shield, which I personally didn’t know was even there originally.
The exhaust is beautiful, and minus a scrape on the mid-pipe near the rear differential, it is blemish free. The differential itself has been replaced due to a recall during the 1990s and it still looks phenomenal.
On top of the meticulous paperwork, this car has been babied on a level expected of a Porsche 911 or a C4 Corvette, not a $20,000 dream rocket for a high school student circa 1990. The rear bumper is completely free of waves, a common issue when the plastic starts to age.
Mitsubishi was never known for paint quality and Chrysler even less so, but the car’s deep purple two-tone shines like an amethyst. Also note the silver 25-year-old vinyl work along the bottom of the car is 100 percent in tact, not even yellowed by the humid Florida climate.
The flip up headlights, unique to the early 1990-1991 models, are in complete working order as well. They’ve even retained their original sealed beam bulbs.
Looking inside the car, you find such amenities as a headliner and interior panels, which, although standard at the time of purchase, have typically been removed by drag racers in the name of .0005 seconds off their quarter-mile times. If not gutted by an aspiring Paul Walker, the headliner usually either completely disintegrates, sags, or develops a small colony of microorganisms due to leaky weather seals.
The original premium stereo with built-in graphic equalizer is another rarity included with purchase, a rarity that requires a Bachelor’s in sound engineering to properly use it, but a rarity none the less.
For those who want to jump in on what is among the last original, unmolested, perfect-condition first-generation DSMs in private ownership, simply follow the link to the eBay auction.