Minica

1962

Minica

In October 1962, Mitsubishi introduced the first passenger K-car to the market under the name of Minica, which was derived from the Mitsubishi 360 (K-light van).
It shares the 360's front end and uses rear-hinged doors for easier access. To differentiate it from the Mitsubishi 360, the rear end features back-window using a straight cliff cut design and a separate trunk that pays homage to its passenger car aspirations. The model was powered by a 2-stroke air-cooled engine. To give this passenger K-car continuous high-speed performance capabilities, later iterations used a reed valve inlet manifold producing more power. To match its faster performance, two-speed wipers were introduced. The three-diamond Mitsubishi logo enshrined within a chrome ring was mounted on the front of the hood. True to the saying "Names and nature do often agree," the Minica name derives from mini-car.

Overall length 2995mm
Overall width 1295mm
Overall height 1390mm
Engine 359cc