1970 Mitsushita Kitty 100GT
What’s ultra-compact, has retractable claws, and growls?
Well, besides the resident feral cat outside the office, the correct answer would be the Mitsushita Kitty 100GT.
That’s right, a car with a sub-1000cc (987 to be exact) has the audacity to call itself a GT. What kind of trumped-up ego stroking naming scheme is this?
Well, actually, we’d have to stop you there. While it’s not a big, suave coupe with a hard-pounding engine and more leather than a rave at a dairy farm, it actually does deserve the GT moniker.
Mitsushita put together a super-high (for the time) compression pushrod four-banger that, thanks to a rather high 6000 RPM redline and a well-tuned sidedraft carb, puts out a whopping 62.5 horsepower. Not impressive, right? Well, just bear in mind that the Kitty weighs just 1500 pounds, so it gives decent pep. 12.1 seconds to 60 in a 1970 subcompact is no laughing matter. Nor is its fully independent suspension that, with the right tires, can pull over a g on the skidpad.
Still think we’re nuts? There are a growing number of autocrossers that disagree with you. Despite being no-frills, the Kitty can be a fun, inexpensive ride to toss around.
And hey, you don’t really have to worry about finding one with a straight body. You’d probably never find one that was hit, because there’s be nothing left, that’s just how crappy their safety record is.
(Yes, we suggest towing this thing to your race instead of risking life and limb driving it on public highways. Safety first, right?)
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OOC: I absolutely LOVE the Gremlin-style stripe!