Saturday, July 2, 2016

Born In The US..HEY!: 1993 Mitsubishi Jeep J50

As we creep up on the national Holiday known as 4th of July Freedom day, let's reminisce about things that are uniquely American, warm apple pie, John Philip Sousa, full sized pickup trucks, unchecked aggression, Texas, Coca Cola, the war on drugs, 6-minute abs, and the Willys Jeep.  What could be more American than the Jeep.  This next one is sturdy, iconic, rugged, manly, and made in Japan?  Whut?  Find this 1993 Mitsubishi Jeep J50 offered for $9,800 USD in Vancouver, BC via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

I don't know what happened here, but apparently the guys at Mitsubishi started building versions of the Jeep in what can only be described as the automotive analog to the Chork.  Actually, Mitsubishi building Jeeps goes way back to post war Japan -- in 1953 the Jeep J3 was built for Japanese domestic forestry and National Safety Forces needs, and production continued through 1998 of various J-series Jeeps.

Under the hood is what appears to be some kind of turbocharged diesel, probably a 4DR6 4-cylinder good for around 94 horsepower and 152 ft-lbs of torque. 

Expect everything you'd get in a US version of the Jeep, including a solid front axle and driver selectable low range all-wheel-drive.

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  1. Wow, of all the vehicles that might be worth the hassle of importation from Japan, this would not be my first choice. Just go buy a regular 'Murcan Jeep, and give me a Mazdaspeed Autozam instead.

  2. I Like the 4X4 Van in background also

  3. I don't get why this was imported either. I guess this makes sense if you want a right hand drive diesel Jeep and don't want to do an oil-burner swap on a USPS spec CJ. Maybe there was sentimental value in this particular vehicle? The guy ran a Mitsubishi dealership and wanted something unique that he could still source parts for?


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