Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10k: Micro Machine: 1972 Suzuki Jimny LJ20

The first generation Suzuki Jimny is almost an unknown, but you are likely familiar with the SJ30 generation which was known as the Samurai on these shores.  The SJ30 Samurai is a slow vehicle by any yardstick, but the older LJ20 Jimny makes it's younger sibling feel like a Bugatti Veyron.  Fortunately, speed and coolness are not always proportional.  Find this 1972 Suzuki Jimny LJ20 offered for $11,900 buy it now (currently bidding for $8,602 reserve-not-met) here on eBay located in Phoenix, AZ.

It might be difficult to tell in the pictures, but the original Samurai (Jimny) is a small vehicle.  Really small.  And slow. It tips the scales at 1301 lbs and has a top speed of 47 mph.  Still, it would be fun to drive around and it looks really nicely restored.

Power comes from a 360 cc 2-stroke 2-cylinder buzzing oil burning menace that puts out a meager 21 horsepower into a 4-speed manual gearbox.  Drive this thing on a freeway is about as dangerous as taking a tour of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.  Do it at your own risk.

The Jimny uses a very nice form-follows-function setup on the inside with easy access to cleanup any messes your kids may make on the inside.  In fact, any trip above 25 mph will clean the inside nicely. 


  1. Perfect for the beach house or mountain cabin. If only I had either!

  2. "speed and coolness are not always proportional" Yeah tell me about it - just picked up a base (and I mean baaaaaase) 2015 CX-5. 2.0, 6speed manual, makes my 4Runner feel like a Saturn V. I'm sure the CX-5 would feel like being fired from a gun compared to this little guy, however.

    Still - 47mph is all you need commuting in Los Angeles via surface streets. Plus, 2-stroke oil counts as alternative fuel, right? So up front parking at your local Whole Foods. So what are y'all waiting for? haha.

  3. Another car featured at a past display at the AACA Museum. Here's a couple of shots I took.



    1. Different bumpers...

  4. Would love to raise hell @ night with the ring a ding ding at full song !

  5. These are fantastic off road. So narrow and light you can take them almost anywhere. TC you do get stuck it can be lifted out. On road, well anything above 35 is uncomfortable. Parts used to be easy to get and still may be. They do love to rust. That is due to the design and usage.

  6. Oh, oh, I own an LJ10. Much less refined than this one though and missing a lot more parts.


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