If you're like us, when you think about idiosyncratic, envelope-pushing automotive design, your thoughts do not automatically turn to the sedans Mitsubishi was pushing out in the 1980s. As it turns out though – and as we are amply reminded by the ceaseless wonders of eBay Motors – the 1988 Mitsubishi Galant Sigma was moving the needle in terms of interior design, at least.

In this meticulously well-documented example, you'll see that the Sigma had it going on as far as steering-wheel accessible controls. Though not actually mounted on the wheel itself, as has become the dominant layout, the Galant designers put all of the highest-use functions within a finger's reach, through the huge aperture of the one-spoke wheel. Most notable here is the turn-signal stalk, which protrudes out through the steering wheel, defying convention, logic and indeed, crashworthiness in a flourish that can only be described as "sort of French."

Do yourself a favor and spend a little time browsing this very large gallery of Mitsubishi Galant Sigma images. This very rare car is a time capsule from 1988 that is worth the price of admission. You can check out the auction (still days and days to go, eager bidders), here.


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      jpadow
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love seeing cars like this in pristine condition.
      PACMK02
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a 1986 Isuzu Impulse Turbo with a similar turn signal stalk. And believe me, it worked!!!. BTW, nice Mitsu!!!.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd drive that
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is so badly in need of cars, maybe they should dust off the pressings for thousand call it "classic."
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        It would never meet modern safety standards. Hell, with the testing we have now it would probably be a 0 Star rated vehicle.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Karl T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Inside and out it makes you appreciate how far things have come....
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electronic P/S switch with Normal and Sport? Nifty! If Mitsubishi still made such (appropriately updated of course) innovative/interesting vehicles, might they be more relevant today? I know I don't care for the Mikuni carb 2.6 Silent shaft four Chrysler used in K's, but aside from some oil leak/consumption issues, these 3.0L engines serve very differing duties and seem relatively durable.
      banstaman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, the electronic power steering modes intrigue me quite a bit, if I must say!
      oZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's... a remarkably attractive interior for that vintage.
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @oZ
        You can't be serious, Isuzu Piazza's looked better, although that is subjective I guess...
          oZ
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A Hitman
          I think it's a matter of taste. Piazza/Impulse always looked too busy for me.
      KO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the other folks, the Impulse/Piazza dash was the first thing to come to mind. The NSX also has a similar stalk setup that sprouts out towards the steering wheel then turns sideways. That said, the mid 80s were an interesting time when the smaller Japanese makes (Mitsu, Isuzu, Subaru) tried some, um, unconventional things. Anyone remember the twin-stick trans Mitsubishi had on Cordias and Tredias?
        Jeffie Was Here Man
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KO
        I remember it on the Colt. Technically made it an 8 speed, but you needed an extra hand to pull it off. Even then, it couldn't make you faster.
        razorpit
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KO
        No
        John S
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KO
        Subarus had some serious dash weirdness back in those days too.
      reattadudes
      • 2 Years Ago
      my 1991 Eagle Premier has an almost identical setup for controls and turn signals. a similar system was also used on early Isuzu Impulses.
      A Hitman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isuzu Piazza/Impulse has this, and a better looking dash and interior. Some models even had a digital dash, well ahead of the times. It's a just a shame the engines and suspension were not as good as some other cars of the time, not many left today...
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A Hitman
        http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f178/joe-isuzu-53288/ http://cmaturbo.com/gallery/518/3508/
        A Hitman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A Hitman
        Dash: http://cmaturbo.com/gallery/518/3508/ Car: http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f178/joe-isuzu-53288/
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A Hitman
        Digital dashes were everywhere in the 80's. It was in vogue at the time.
        Boost Retard
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A Hitman
        If you mean the engines in the Impulse, yeah they were ****. Mine liked to break rocker arms a lot, which is what led me to finally trading it in for a 94 Civic in 94. The suspension, while crude, was effective for what it was in 1988. At least on the Lotus tuned versions.
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