Mizushima

1946

Mizushima

In June 1946 the prototype XTM1 for a small three-wheel truck with a 0.4 ton payload was completed and named Mizushima. Powered by a 744cc 4-cycle single-cylinder air-cooled engine, the truck was 2780 mm long, 1196 mm wide and 1230 mm high and carried a cargo bed that was 1100 mm long and 1106 mm wide. Unusually for three-wheel truck, the Mizushima had popular features including a folding soft top and aviation technology windows. Successive improvements were made through 11 prototypes and the vehicle underwent on-road proving in the hills of Hakone outside Tokyo before it went into full-scale production and on sale as the 0.5 ton payload TM3A in May 1947. The TM3A Mizushima was Mitsubishi’s first standard truck and the first to go into mass production and on sale to the public. In the year to May 1948, 945 were produced, after which production of small three-wheel vehicles continued at Mitsubishi until 1962 by which time a total of some 90,000 units had been produced.

Overall length 2780mm
Overall width 1196mm
Overall height 1230mm
Engine 744cc