An Unassuming Off-Roader That Would Turn Heads at the Easter Jeep Safari

A Mitsubishi Jeep will definitely turn some heads at next year’s Easter Jeep Safari in Moab.

Hearing there’s a Mitsubishi Jeep for sale, some might call blasphemy and others might label it a blatant knock-off, but the Japanese brand acquired the rights to produce the Willys CJ3B back in 1954 and continued pumping them out until 1998. Similar to how the Volkswagen Beetle and original Mini were built, largely unchanged, up until 2003 and 2000, respectively, this imported 1991 J53 isn’t far off from the 1954 model.

It was built in 1991, so don’t expect this Jeep to have any popular later-’90s amenities. The only significant changes over the course of its life were different engines and some sheet metal moldings, and there isn’t much to the interior besides the two front seats and rear side-facing jumper seats. The radio doesn’t even pick up FM signals.

What you do get is a black- and gold-colored body that still holds a great shine and sits on top of a chassis that is reasonably rust-free. The Bestop top is the only part listed as new, while the suspension is believed to be all original. Power comes from a turbocharged diesel engine and sends power through a four-speed manual gearbox and a manually-engaged transfer case for part-time four-wheel-drive.

Right now, this Mitsubishi Jeep shows just over only 38,000 miles on the odometer and is going for $5,800. That bid is sure to increase, and quickly.

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