Monday, July 28, 2014

What Am I? Found Under A Rubble Pile

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than being crushed by a pile of rubble game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is exactly.  Today's feature comes from DT regular reader Oakland Jeff who isn't sure what it is. Just what am I anyway?
Updated July 30 - see below...

Oakland Jeff says in his own words:  In the alley behind my house a neighbor parked his car in its spot on top of the ol' garage. Garage caved. It's been there for years. I cant tell what kind of car it is but it looks kind of sporty. Every time I see it I think of you guys, no offense.

No offense taken!

Just what is it?  Comments below.

Update: We now have positive ID on this pile. Oakland Jeff wrote us back to say: "neighbor says it was there but on top of the garage when they moved in in '95."

He risked life and limb to bring us the following images, proving that this is indeed an early Mitsubishi Cordia GSL. Reader Adam Fay is the winner of this game that the DT editors didn't even know the answer to - Congrats Adam!



Wonder if it could ever be extracted from the rubble and saved...



20 comments:

  1. Is that a fuel cap door? Toyota truck?

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  2. Looks kind of like an '85 Mitsubishi Cordia GSL

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    1. Agree. See this photo, zoom in on the gas door and bumper.

      - gas door shape and lock
      - proportions of gas door, black trim and space between the two
      - weird bumper where only the face of it is rubber (which you can really only see if you drop the photo into an editor and brighten it up quite a bit)

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    2. Hang on, I don't think it's a GSL. More likely a pre-facelift L like this 83.

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    3. Agreed, it's a Cordia. Nice catch. The rear bumper, and optional mud flaps (if you google image search Mitsubishi Cordia and look at some pics, the flaps in the pics look like the flaps on the car in question) sealed it for me.

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    4. Adam - great job -- I'll see if Oakland Jeff can get a closer look and confirm.
      DT EIC Vince

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  3. I have no idea. The paint looks pretty good considering how everything else looks. J.

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  4. I'd be interested to see what this actually is. The trim (or is that a piece of debris?) on the side screams C4 Vette / Fiero, though the fuel doors don't match up to either.

    Closest I found with that style of locking fuel door, on the driver's (US) side, with that type of rear bumper (paint on the corners, rubber beam in the middle) was a late 70's RX7 however the distance from the trim to fuel door doesn't really add up.

    Do you have any other angles?

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    1. I was thinking '80s GM product as well and also checked both C4 and Fiero only to find round fuel doors! The closest match I can find is the early non-widebody Mitsubishi Starion. The size and location of the locking gas cap looks about right, but the proportions could be a bit off.

      This one has suckered me in and will be bugging me until someone figures it out!

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  5. I'm hoping it's French.

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  6. I also thought fiero or Vette but nope. Then Nissan Pulsar. Still nope

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  7. I thought it was Starion/Conquest until the Cordia was mentioned which nets the same fuel door and smooth panel and beltline molding.

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  8. Daihatsu Hijet Deck Van, but I cannot guess the year. Something pre-1990

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    1. Linky of something similar: Deck van I have seen similar knock-offs in inland China.

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  9. At first glance all I could think of was '80 Camaro..

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  10. you guys are good...on further inspection and at great risk of being crushed I saw CORDIA on the mudflaps

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    1. Stump the stars, I mean cars...Cordia it is.

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    2. Sweet! do I win anything besides the admiration of my fellow car nuts? ;)

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    3. The beautiful photos from Oakland Jeff we just added above, and the admiration of your fellow car nuts.

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