Dodge D-50 (1979-80)
Featuring arguably the best paint job ever, the D-50 is one of the many DSM models that have fallen into obscurity. Was it rust? Performance? Aesthetic? The latter I find hard to believe since it had a modern interior, sun roof, roll-bar…and did I mention the sweet paint job?
Regardless of sales volume and performance (which I am sure was lacking) this D-50 made me smile. The world needs more compact pickups; though what could be considered the modern D-50 was an utter failure, let’s hope someone can pick up the slack.
Seen in NW Portland.
This is the Dodge Raider (1987-91). A product of the DSM joint venture, it was the US version of the Mitsubishi Pajero, with an infinitely cooler name. Honestly it was probably better than any Mitsubishi Pajero (or Montero in the US) you could get in the States because they were not introduced here until the bigger and bulkier second generation.
The compact proportions and slightly embarrassing badging (I always thought it was strange to advertise that the vehicle was imported) make for a unique and clean truck.
Seen in NW Portland
Second Generation Dodge Colt (1974-77). Essentially a Mitsubishi, this was one of the very first cars in the DSM Joint Venture. Seems rare to see them today, and this one was in very nice condition. The landau roof and very ’70s Colt badge are to be admired, and I love those front repeaters too, so clean for this era. Too small for my taste (and it’s the not so great 4 door sedan as well), it’s still a nice alternative to the Toyotas and Nissans of the time.
Seen in North Hollywood, LA, CA