Leo

1959

Leo

The three-wheel K-truck came under the spotlight in Japan and ignited a sales boom in the years just before and after 1960, offering scooter-like drivability as well as benefits in terms of vehicle taxes during the transition from scooter to four-wheel K-truck. Amid this growth in demand, Mitsubishi launched the Leo three-wheel K-truck in 1959. With its name taken from a character in a popular manga series at the time, "Kimba of White Lion" by Osamu Tezuka, It featured the first fully enclosed all-steel cabin with seating for two on a three-wheel K-truck and shortly after its launch became a best-seller with production topping 1,000 units a month. The three-wheel K-truck market in Japan enjoyed explosive growth around this time with production soaring from 14,000 units in 1958 to 83,000 in 1959 and to 190,000 in 1960. Altogether, 28,000 Leo models were produced. The boom in three-wheel K-truck sales was short-lived, however, peaking in 1960 and after which four-wheel K-truck became the mainstream. Mitsubishi also moved to four-wheel K-truck production when it launched the Mitsubishi 360. While its production run was very short, Leo served an important role as the link between three- and four-wheel K-trucks.

Overall length 2830mm
Overall width 1280mm
Overall height 1520mm
Engine 309cc