1.07 PREVIEW | Curation is the act of carefully selecting items to include in a specific collection. Mike Little has been doing a bit of curation over the years. We take a look at Mike Little’s Big Collection of old Mitsubishis.
WHO AM I?
Everyone has a sense of identity; gearheads even moreso. We curate experiences and tailor possessions as a reflection of who we want the rest of the world to see. It’s why, in a world with so many choices, we are fairly particular with the vehicles we select to modify and drive.
Take this question, for example:
Which 1990 or older RWD platform would you buy right now?
Which car came to mind first? Was it a Mustang? A Viper? Maybe you were thinking BMW or Mercedes or a Porsche of some kind? Dorifto-types likely went to a Silvia, Trueno or Hachi-Roku. This isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, but you see the point – the vehicles we choose, with all their unique variations, are a reflection of how we curate our identities.
WHO IS MIKE LITTLE?
Mike Little is a master green thumb down under in Australia who clearly has picked his pony, or ponies, rather. His father worked for Chrysler back in the day, and he came to love the old Australian-built, Dodge-badged Mitsubishis.
He’s amassed something of a collection of them. As he told my partner Dennis, current drivable ones depend on what’s actually drivable and has rego (Ozzie slang for “registration”), or just enough fuel in the tank. That narrows the list down to the following:
- 1973 Dodge Colt A53H
- 1974 Mitsubishi Galant (GB)
- 1981 Mitsubishi Sigma (GH), Peter Wherrett Special
- 1991 Mitsubishi GTO (aka: 3000GT)
- Ford Ranger/Mazda BT-50 work truck
WHY “THE LITTLE COLLECTION?”
Dennis reached out to Mike over on Sigma-Galant.com, asking him about a specific model. As he’s still insanely busy over in the Netherlands, Dennis simply forwarded the raw story to me for follow up. When I asked a couple additional questions, Mike shared an interesting backstory with me about the extent of his collection of old Mitsubishis and the journey that lead to it. And you know how much I like to learn why people do what they do.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- how he uses two of the cars above on a “historic rego scheme” and what that means
- how he came to own the A53H Colt
- what he’s done, doing, and will do to that A53H
- how he’ll ever finish all the old Mitsubishis he’s got around
- the difficulty in sourcing parts for such old models
- why he sticks with the old Mitsus & how he came to be such a collector
- what makes the old car special
This turned out to be a surprisingly good story of why one gearhead has gone the route he has, how he’s continuing on his automotive journey, and what he’s been through to get where he is today.
I know a lot of us wish we had time, money, and space to scoop up every deal we came across when they cross our paths. Each of us has a particular make or model that speaks to us. We identify with what they represent, and each of us curates his or her own collection of the machines and accessories which best reflect who we are.
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