Mitsubishi Jeep

1953

Mitsubishi Jeep

As reconstruction efforts after the end of the World War II got into full swing, the multi-purpose Jeep became a very attractive vehicle. However, because of the Japanese government's domestic industry protection policy, finished vehicles could not be imported in large numbers. In 1952, Shin Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. therefore contracted with the Jeep's manufacturer the American company Willys Overland Motors to import the Jeep CJ3A in CKD (complete knocked down) form. The following year in 1953 the company completed the first knock-down Jeep, the J1, and 54 units were delivered to the Forestry Agency. In July of the same year, MHI entered technology assistance and sales agreements with Willys, Mitsubishi began domestic production of J3 type. This happened to coincide with Willys switching production from the CJ3A to the CJ3B design and the J3 took its cues from the CJ3B model.

J3
Overall length 3390mm
Overall width 1655mm
Overall height 1890mm
Engine 2.2L