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 Mitsubishi Debonair
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The Debonair was Mitsubishi Motors' entry into the full-sized passenger vehicle segment in response to the Cedric, Crown, Bellel, and others. It debuted in October 1963 at the 10th All Japan Motor Show (later renamed the Tokyo Motor Show) as a 2000 cc luxury car and attracted attention for its dignified styling.
The person responsible for the body style was Hans S. Bretzner, who had experience working as an exclusive designer for GM, and the car was developed as an up-market version of the Colt 1000.
At the time, the Debonair had the largest length and wheelbase of any small vehicle in Japan. Technology, such as its unitary body construction that drew on Mitsubishi's experience in aircraft manufacturing made the Debonair into a high-class vehicle that exuded style from every angle.
Note that the displayed vehicle is 1976 model that has undergone minor alterations.
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Storage location:MITSUBISHI MOTORS CAR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER (1, Nishishinkiri, Hashime-cho, Okazaki-shi, Aichi-ken 444-8501)
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Year manufactured:1964
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Manufacturer:Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
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Classification:Mass-production vehicle
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Current status:On public display: static
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Vehicle name / Manufacture
Vehicle name:Debonair
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Company name:Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
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Year manufactured:1964
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Collaboration:Hans S. Bretzner
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Location of actual vehicle/replica:Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Okazaki
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Model / Weight
Style:Sedan
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Number of doors:4
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Passenger capacity:6
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Vehicle weight:1,330 kg
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Body / Size
Structure:Steel sheet, stamping
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Bumpers:Stamped steel sheets
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Step:None
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Overall length:4670 mm
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Overall width:1690 mm
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Overall height:1465 mm
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Tire size:7.00-13
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Features:The body designed ahead of the Nissan Silvia by Bretzner, who had become independent from the GM Design Center.
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Body / Axle / Driving / Others
Frame:Steel ladder type
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Front axle:Independent coil
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Rear axle:Rigid, semi-elliptical leaf
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Wheelbase:2690 mm
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Front tread x rear tread:1360 mm
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Vehicle height adjustment:None
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Steering:Ball nut type
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Dampers:Hydraulic pressure type
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Stabilizer:Torsion bar
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Engine / Size / Power
Cooling/cylinder arrangement:Water-cooled/inline 6-cylinder
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Valve train:OHV
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Carburetor:Twin carburetor
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Bore x stroke:80×66 mm
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Displacement:1991 cc
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Ignition system:Ignition coil type
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Max. power/r.p.m.:105 ps/5000 rpm
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Fetures:Engine type: KE64
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Hybrid
Hybrid system type:None
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Drive-train
Transmission:4 forward speeds (with OD)
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Drive system:FR
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Performance
Mode fuel efficiency:-
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Reference materials:Motor Fan, 7, 9, 1964; Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Shashi
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