Enjoy a read through our fascinating company history. Cartell MOT World are dependable car mechanics performing smooth repairs and services for clients in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and surrounding areas for over thirty years.
The Colt Car Company was formed in 1974, three years after Crightons imported the first Mitsubishi, so you can be sure we have more experience of the brand than anybody else in Europe. Founded by George and Pat Crighton, Crightons of Peterborough was initially providing tax free vehicles to service personnel in the UK, Russia, Cyprus, Germany, and Hong Kong.
George had just finished a career in the RAF when he imported the first ever Mitsubishi into Great Britain, it was a very impressive vehicle in many ways as, even at that time, they were so well engineered that the average annual warranty claim was 87 pence per car, against the average British Leyland warranty claim of £800. That’s a whopping 919 times as much!
This is probably why it took mechanics a whole day to do the Pre Delivery work on a British car and only 2 hours on the Mitsubishi. Clearly one of the reasons why Mitsubishi were happy to be the first company to give a 3 year, unlimited mileage warranty (even if the vehicle was used as a taxi or a driving school car) when its British counterparts only gave a standard 12 months!
The car was also fast, handled well and robust. Iain Crighton tested it to its limits: he drove it in the local rally championships, came first, then promptly wrote it off and that was the end of the first Mitsubishi imported into the UK!