Mitsubishi Colt 1000F and 1100F: how Australia put the ‘Fast’ in Fastback

08 February 2019
Colin Bond was only in his early 20s when he erupted onto the national – and international – rally scene with a scintillating drive of Mitsubishi’s disarming Colt Fastback in the 1967 Southern Cross. Amazing how rally competitors did not wear helmets back then!

Mitsubishi boasts a revered international rallying history, with multiple World Rally Championships, Paris-Dakar victories and countless national and regional titles. And, amazingly, it all started with an unexpected win in Australia for the diminutive Colt 1000F.

That pivotal moment occurred in October 1967, with the second running of the Southern Cross International Rally. Colin Bond, then a prodigiously talented 24-year-old whose star was quickly on the rise, steered a near-stock Mitsubishi Colt 1000F (1000 for cc, F for Fastback) to a class victory and fourth place outright.