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Love it, Matt! I completely get why you’re such a fan. Although we didn’t get the GTOs here in Australia, we did get the Galant hardtops (mechanically identical). I’ve had mine for 34 years now and have put it to full Japanese spec (Aussie versions were 1.6 litre four speeds, whereas mine’s a 2.0 litre five speed). There’s an Australian website – galant.sigma.com (maybe with an .au on the end) that features a few hardtops & GTOs (imported via NZ, I think). Mine can be seen on uppermiddlepetrolhead.blogspot.com,au , if you’re interested.
Good to see another GTO alive and well. I am new to Petrolicious, what a great site, got here via the Jalopy Journal.
Presently restoring a GSR model . Even though they were sold new here in New Zealand very difficult to find parts and information.
Any information or parts sources would be greatly appreciated.
And , in their day they where a performance car. With their five speed, twin carbs and disc front brakes etc they Gave many an Australian V8 Ford and Holden a run for there money.
Very interesting article/piece. I’ll be honest, I have zero interest or knowledge of Japanese cars (even though I did have a Honda S2000, it was a great car), but what I really enjoy is to understand what makes other enthusiasts “tick” with their own chosen car, especially what might seem to non aficionados a relatively “oddball” option. Loved hearing Matt’s passion leading him as far as learning Japanese, well done man!
One thing I haven’t quite figured is whether this Galant GTO is actually a performance car? Is it a bit like, say, a Japanese BMW M3/5 of the era?
Althought early Japanese cars were significantly smaller than they are today, the Galant GTO was more comparable to a BMW 6-Series since it was Mitsu’s flagship GT Coupe.
While much rarer now, when I was a teenager there were a lot of 2nd hand imports of these from Japan. I’ve always had a soft spot for the GTO’s beautifully proportioned looks, (rear 3/4 from a Mustang “Eleanor” Fastback?), and I’ve seen a couple re-powered with the almost dimensionally identical, (but crucially hugely more powerful), turbo Evo engines. Real sleepers!
From all of us at JapaneseNostalgicCar, heartfelt thanks to Aaron, Jeremy & all the PetroLicious crew for a job well done and epic collaboration! Let’s do it again REAL soon!
I know what you mean JB.
When I was young all I could think of, car wise, was Datsun 510. I would even question myself, why am I so infatuated with this car? Maybe it was a combination of seeing them trounce BMWs and Alfas at Watkins Glen and feeling that It was a car that I could someday afford. It still feels, however, more than that. There’s just something special about certain Japanese cars of this era.
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