How Tom Cruise’s First Car Sparked His Dreams

When he turned 18, Tom Cruise got his parents’ blessing and approval to move from New Jersey to New York to pursue an acting career (per GQ). Before getting bitten by the acting bug, Cruise wanted to become a Catholic priest, but fate had other things in mind. He jumped into a used Dodge Colt and drove to The Big Apple to pursue an acting career. The Dodge Colt is a rebadged first-generation Mitsubishi Galant (or Colt Galant) that made its JDM debut in 1969. The Galant was the first Mitsubishi car sold in the United States, and it arrived in 1971 as the Dodge Colt after Chrysler acquired a stake in Mitsubishi the same year.

The Dodge Colt was nowhere near as powerful or as fast as the Detroit muscle cars. It was lighter, cheaper and more economical at the pump, perfect for a beginner actor. The Colt Galant was fitted with a 1.3-litre or 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine, the first Mitsubishi engines to feature overhead camshafts (OHC). The first through third generation Galant featured rear-wheel drive, capable of delivering a sportier driving experience. Mitsubishi has a knack for rallies and motorsports, which can be seen in its product offerings, for example the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series. Colt Galant’s claim to fame was his overall victory in the 16L-GS class in the 7e Southern Rally in 1972 (by Mitsubishi).

Today, you can potentially see Tom Cruise around town in any of his two-wheeled superbikes, airplanes, whirligigs, or behind the wheel of an exotic million-dollar hypercar. But before starring in “All The Right Moves” and “Risky Business,” he launched his dream of hitting hard in a Dodge Colt.

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