The Mitsubishi Starion is an icon of the 1980s, and one of the great Japanese sport coupes of the pop-up headlight era. That’s why it’s odd that there have been surprisingly few models of it in any scale. Here are the first images of the model that will fill that gap.
Like the 1:18-scale A60 Toyota Supra, LS Collectibles’ next project has been missing from the model car world for far too long. The designer who worked on this model and shared these first-look images with JNC, David Houston, agrees. “Since I am a model car collector, I’d always wanted a 1:18-scale model of the car that sat inside our local Mitsubishi dealership when I was a in junior high, but it was always missing,” he told us.
“For me this car was huge in the Japanese mainstream movement into serious GT cars,” David continued. “It possessed Japanese tech and reliability but with American boulevard street cred, and was so popular that a lot of them were stolen.”
“It had the looks to not only rival cars like the 300ZX and RX-7 of that era but was butch-looking enough to brawl it up with the Mustang GT & IROC-Zs of the day,” David recalls. “Basically, if you watched enough karate flicks, like I had done back in the 80s, the flared-fender, facelifted Starion was the good guy that walked into a village or bar and defeated the thugs, with help from his American twin the Conquest. It was just a truly bad-ass looking car. Still is.”
The Starion was actually the car David wanted to make first, but the prototypers completed the Supra first. “It proved to be a part of motoring history that needed to be done in a sizable scale for feel good memories of the 1980s and Japanese cars alike.”
These are just preliminary renderings and there is still work to be done. David will make more revisions before its release in the first quarter of 2018. The first two colors released will be Rio Red and the very beautiful and rare Fiji Blue. With this one-two punch of 1980s Japanese awesomeness, we can’t wait to see what LS Collectibles comes up with next.