The 3000GT or 3000GTO, depending upon where you live, was truly a masterpiece of art and engineering. The beauty of this car put it in a completely different category from all other Japanese autos. Following the successful showing of the Mitsubishi HSX concept car at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi developed the new GTO as a technically advanced sports coupe to compete with the Mazda RX-7, Nissan 300ZX, and Toyota Supra. They resurrected the GTO name, and the car went on to serve as Mitsubishi’s flagship for the remainder of the decade. It was known as the Mitsubishi 3000GT outside Japan; the company was concerned that connoisseurs would object to the evocative nameplate from the highly regarded Ferrari 250 GTO and Pontiac GTO used on a Japanese vehicle.
Images: Mitsubishi; www.3000gt.us