I borrowed this Colt 600 Convertible from Mitsubishi Motors for the 2019 “Nostalgic Car Sketch Contest” held at the Anjo City Museum of History. I draw this sketch with black dermatograph and watercolor paint. This is an event where old car enthusiasts display their cars and children are invited to sketch them. Shigehisa Ishii
“Colt 600 Convertible”
This car was displayed as a reference exhibit at the 9th All Japan Auto Show in 1962. The car itself is a replica, a convertible version of the Colt 600 with Minica Dangan components. When the Mitsubishi Auto Gallery opened in 1989, it was built at the initiative of Shinichi Oki, then director of the gallery. The rear engine compartment is empty because it has FWD components. The car was featured in an automobile magazine, appeared in a JA Mutual Insurance commercial, and was exhibited in various places in Japan and Europe. It is significant that a car that never went into production is now seeing the light of day.
Upon my retirement from Mitsubishi, I gave this drawing as a thank-you gift to an expert model car builder for making me a miniature car. I made this drawing with a drawing pen and watercolors. Shigehisa Ishii
”Lancer Evolution II and Lancer 1600GSR”
Kenneth Eriksson’s Lancer Evolution II, which finished 5th in the 1993 Portugal Rally, and Joginder Singh’s Lancer 1600GSR, which won the Safari Rally in 1974 (background)
These are drawings I sketched while visiting the Mitsubishi Auto Gallery after leaving Mitsubishi Motors, where I had worked for 42 years. These vehicles were characteristic models developed before I was born and during my childhood, and I used them as references for design development after joining the company. All the works were postcard-sized, sketched at once on site with drawing pens and pencils, and colored with watercolors. Shigehisa Ishii
“1946 SILVER PIGEON”
This scooter was the starting point for the reconstruction of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagoya Works immediately after the end of the WWⅡ. It was developed based on a scooter made in the U.S.A. and put on the market in 1947. In 18 years, 46,000 units were sold. It was presented to the then Crown Prince of Japan along with Fuji Heavy Industries’ Rabbit. It was named after pigeons, a symbol of peace.
Mizushima Works, which produced military aircraft during the war, began development and production of the Mizushima shortly after the war. Since there was still stock of metals for aircraft, aluminum alloy was used for part of the air-cooled one-cylinder 744cc engine, and duralumin for the cargo box. The total production for the 15 years until 1962 was about 90,000 units, supporting transportation during the postwar reconstruction period.
“MIZUSHIMA TM3C engine”
The LEO was launched in the rapidly growing light three wheeler market in 1959. Developed and produced at the Mizushima Works, it was the first mini three wheeler to feature an enclosed cabin. It was a late comer compared to the Daihatsu Midget and other models that had preceded it, and was soon replaced in the market by four-wheelers, and production was discontinued in 1962. It sold about 28,000 units in three years. It was succeeded by the Mitsubishi 360, a light four wheeler.
The Colt 600 was based on the Mitsubishi 500 and has undergone major improvements in various areas.
The design was changed from the European style of the Mitsubishi 500 to an American style.