No, it’s not a Transformer. No, it’s neither seeking to conquer nor save Planet Earth. But it sure sounds like it could be any of the above. It’s the Sigmatron, it’s a former concept car, and it’s literally one-of-a-kind.
We’ve all seen concept cars; sleek, sexy, sporting all the latest styling queues, they are how manufacturers put their best feet forward to the motoring press. They know these vehicles are the stuff of dreams, showing off the full potential of what they can do when they put their minds to it. Some concept cars go on to be production models, but many more do not. The Sigmatron is a glimpse into old school Japanese concept cars.
Where do you live?
Adelaide, South Australia.
What do you do for a living?
Horticulture, grounds, garden and handyman.
What kind of car are you driving?
Really depends on what is drivable and has rego [registration -Ed.]… Or has the most petrol at the time.
Current drivable ones are:
- 91 GTO (3000 GT) as a dail,y but don’t use it much.
- Ford Ranger (Mazda BT-50) that work has kindly provided for me.
- 74 GB Galant on a historic rego scheme (allows me to use the car 90 days throughout the year via a log book). Needs the motor reconditioned.
- 73 Dodge Colt A53H
- 81 GH Sigma Peter Wherrett Special that is on a historic rego scheme (same as the 74 GB).
How did you come to own/buy the Sigmatron?
Word of mouth. Speaking to a friend about an article on the car, he got me in contact through another person who owned the car and was wishing to part with it.
What is your end goal for the Sigmatron?
I want to make it drivable and get it registered on the road if possible.
What have you already done to the car?
Haven’t done anything to the car as of yet besides cleaning it and putting a cover over it. Besides that I have been collecting as much information on it as I possibly can via internet and magazine articles.
What are you planning on still doing to the Sigmatron?
I want to make it drivable and get it registered on the road if possible. If not, it will just be restored and taken to a few car shows and possibly head back to the Birdwood National Motor Museum where it has spent most of it’s life.
What was the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome, during the project/build?
As I haven’t even started to re-build it, I cannot really give a definite answer to this. But from looking at it and what is involved, I know there will be a lot of time and effort into making moulds of the flares/body kit on the car (not to reproduce and sell, but for my own sake in case something happens).
What’s powering the Sigmatron? Specs?
The original article states that it is powered by a 2.0L turbo motor, but the latest article from 2009 shows a picture of a 2.0L naturally aspirated one. As to whether it ever had a turbo motor or not remains a mystery. The car being 30+ years old, anything could have happened in that time to the motor. Also the people would have been under strict instructions at the motor shows not to open the bonnet.
How easy/hard is it to get parts of this car?
It is very hard apart from a few pieces to find anything for the Sigmatron as it is a one-off car that was only made as a concept car for car shows and not for production for the general public.
Some other information on this Sigmatron you would like to share?
It was destined to be crushed before being rescued by some employees of Mitsubishi. A few had inquired about the car before me and only want it for parts like the rim’s and seats. Luckily for me they were only willing to sell it as a whole and knowing how many other classic Mitsubishis I have, they knew it was going to a good home.
Share one of your favourite moments you’ve had with this car?
Transporting the car from where it was located to where it was going. The amount of heads that my mate and I saw turn. We were following the tow truck and it was just funny to see the look on people’s faces as they were walking or in their cars turn their heads in disbelief as to what they were seeing.
Are you a gearhead? What does that mean to you?
I would have to say that I am a gearhead.
I really like my cars and go to a lot of shows/events to do with car-related things. I can appreciate all the time and effort that goes into making a car to what it becomes in the final product.
AMC – Australian Muscle Car, Issue 12 March/April 2004
MM – Motor Manual, April 1980
UC – Unique Cars, Issue 301 July 22nd – August 18th 2009
SMS – Sydney Motor Show pamphlet/book
- Which came first: Sigmatron or Fox body Mustang?
- What’s your favorite concept car? Was it ever built?