Mitsubishi 500

1960

Mitsubishi 500

A compact family car, introduced in 1960, the Mitsubishi 500 was the first mass production passenger car to be made by Mitsubishi post World War II in concert with the "national vehicle plan" implemented by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
Employed latest technologies at the time seeking simplicity and rationality in design, the 500 was sold at an affordable price of 390,000 yen. With a monocoque body construction and rear-engine/rear-wheel drive layout, the spare tire and fuel tank were housed under the front hood. It featured a practical and simple design with a single wiper, no indicators on front or rear except for a single set mounted on the side pillar.
It was the first Japanese car to be tested in a wind tunnel.
In 1961 the 500 was replaced by the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe that offered seating for five, a 594 cc engine replacing the original 493 cc unit and much improved acceleration.
The Mitsubishi 500 made its world debut in the international motor sport at the Macau Grand Prix where four Mitsubishi 500's occupied from the first to fourth rank in the category of class A (less than 750cc).

Overall length 3140mm
Overall width 1390mm
Overall height 1380mm
Engine

493cc