At an undisclosed location yesterday, I had some time to grab some photos of Tom and Ray Magliozzi’s cars — otherwise known as Click and Clack from NPR’s Car Talk.
Ray’s Dodge Colt Vista was a regular feature on the show. Ray once called the four-wheel drive Dodge Colt Vista “a marvel of engineering.” He purchased it from a customer of his garage for $100.
The Colt Vista was a badge engineered version of the Mitsubishi Chariot, which was also sold in Australia as the Mitsubishi Nimbus.
Before crossovers, and even before everybody drove SUVs, cars like the Dodge Colt Vista, the Honda Civic Wagon with RealTime4WD and the Toyota Corolla AWD and the Toyota Tercel AWD wagons were popular.
They offered seating for up to seven, with the sure-footed traction of all-wheel drive. Like Ray’s, many of these wagons featured five-speed manual transmissions, from a time when people weren’t incapable of shifting gears themselves.
It’s in fairly decent shape, and it has been known to run a few times. There’s a photo of it in action on Car Talk’s website.
I love the Massachusetts plate:
I also love how it seems to have leaked a profuse amount of gear oil on Ray’s car, which is stored right below it, awaiting a full restoration.