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1981 Mitsubishi J-54 Blue Ridge, GA $9500


It’s diesel powered.

“1981 Mitsubishi J54 Diesel
factory 4DR5 Diesel 33mpg
45,980 Miles 1 owner
Will be fitted with new seats
Full services y Mitsubishi Dealer
Rare Flat Fender Model
Rare Military Dish Wheels with Military Bridgestone Tires
Factory Aisin Locking Hubs, Factory rear jump seats
Beautiful Classic Style

*Unbelievable build quality from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ( Same company that produce Aircraft, Ships, Missles and Nuclear Power Plants)
*Unbreakable Mechanicals 2.7 4DR5 Diesel, Dana Axles 44 and 30, Spicer/Dana 18 Transfer Case, Mitsubishi HD Transmission
*Incredible Fuel Economy (over 30 mpg)”

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1960ish MItsubishi Jeep Mailer on ebay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, CJ-3B, Features, International, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

Here’s an unusual mailer for the Mitsubishi jeeps.

“Original part color folder , 8.5 x 4 folded , 8.5 x 12 unfolded , has many pieces of tape at tears at folds , has some small tears at the edges , has a rub mark with paper loss on the cover in an area about 1 x 1 inch.”

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1978 Mitsubishi J-58 Blue Ridge, GA **Status Unknown**


UPDATE: **Status Unknown** Was $5900

“1978 Mitsubishi Jeep J58
Factory Astron 2.0 Gas 4 cyl
Bestop top and doors
Factory Light Guards, Runs and Drives Well, New Weber Carb
New Starter
Would make great off road beast”

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1990 Mitsubishi J-53 Portland, OR **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** at a Bring-a-Trailer’s auction (for $8000)

“The previous owner was a Portland motorcycle dealer who imported it with several other cars in early 2015. The current owner purchased it a few days after it landed, and worked hard to get a legal title and registration in Oregon. It’s been driven over 1000 miles since, and the owner admits he would’ve added more miles if it hadn’t sat for nearly 6 months while he dealt with the DMV. The truck is currently used for commuting on nice days and for running errands.”


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1987 Mitsubishi J-53 Atlanta, GA $10,500


Craig forwarded this ad.

“Very rare Japan only 1987 Mitsubishi Jeep J-53 Turbo Diesel
License built Willy’s CJ3B by Mitsubishi. Classic Jeep styling with turbo diesel power!
Low Mileage 34,600
Engine 2.7l 4DR5 inline 4 turbo diesel
4 spd manual transmission
Dana 30 and Dana 44 axles
100% Legally imported vehicle with GA title in hand.
We have more cars and information at:”


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1965 CJ-3B Mitsubishi Edgewood, NM **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6500.

(04/16/2015) This formerly had a diesel engine.

“This is a clean Jeep built in 1965 by Mitsubishi under license by Kaiser Jeep Corp. These are rare, but well made. They have a higher hood. This one has a PTO driven Ramsey winch in front. It has an odd fire 3.8 GM V-6- which means high torque. Runs great! It is also equipped with a mechanical air compressor driven off the engine. Has a CB radio. Good Rubber. Roll bar. Exhaust has shorties. No rust anywhere. This came out of southern AZ. We built a tow bar for it, so it will be ready to tow to the high country and hit the trails. Great Hunting Jeep. Unit is street legal.”

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1982 Mitsubishi J-59 Atlanta, GA $9500


Looks good.

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“Ultimate Modern Willys Jeep – $9500 (Atlanta)
1982 Mitsubishi Jeep J59
2.0 Litre Astron Gasoline Engine
Runs and Drives Fantastic!!
Super straight original J59
Just completed full Service
New Weber Carb
New FULL Brakes, New Battery
$9,500.00 !!!!!! Continue reading

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1985 J-54 Mitsubishi Topeka, KS **SOLD**


UPDATE: Was $8000. **SOLD**

“For sale is a 1985 Mitsubishi Jeep 4X4 with diesel engine.

This is a Mitsubishi clone of the CJ 3B Jeep; it has the two stick transfer case four speed transmission, lock out hubs, front and rear Power Take off, power brakes, radiator bug screen with chrome chaff guard,. heater and defroster, new tires, soft top with doors and a top for the summer time.


I have owned this for about 4 years it was imported into the USA by usdriveright./com and I bought it and had it delivered to me, this is 100% street legal, I have it insured through state farm.
It runs like a dream, it has glow plugs and starts every time.
The engine is used in Mitsubishi forklifts so it is industrial. (4DR5)
It is right hand drive like a mail jeep.

I do not know the actual miles because it is in kilometers and was imported from Japan but everything is very tight. This thing runs really good and does very economical for fuel, I have driven it around Topeka and get 35 to 37 MPG, It will go 60 mph but I do not like going that fast however 45 is very comfortable.


I took it to the cruse in car shows last year and it gets plenty of attention.

I have five of the original wheels, four are on the ground and one is in the garage, I have four aluminum wheels that will go with this, one of them is already mounted on the spare wheel.
This has a mount to attach your high lift jack.



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1962 Mitsubishi Jeep Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

This has some good Mitsubishi info on it.

“RARE ORIGINAL BROCHURE on the GASOLINE and DIESEL 4-WHEEL-DRIVE CJ-3B JEEP (Versions J3 (JC-3) and J-10 (JC-10) as well as the JEEP STATION WAGON (DELIVERY WAGON), FIRE ENGINE and 1/4-TON TRAILER, all built by MITSUBISHI in the 1960’s under license from WILLYS. Opens to approximately 16 by 21-Inches.”

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1962 Mitsubishi CJ-3B Brochure on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Advertising & Brochures, Features • TAGS: .

Another neat Mitsubishi brochure.

” RARE ORIGINAL BROCHURE on the GASOLINE and DIESEL 4-WHEEL-DRIVE CJ-3B JEEP built by MITSUBISHI in the 1960’s under license from WILLYS. Opens to approximately 17 by 18-Inches.”

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1966 MItsubishi J30 Tulsa, OK $4995


Not many of these RHD J30s in the US.

“1966 Mitsubishi Jeep J30 4 Door 4X4
Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries under license from Kaiser Jeep.
These were made from the late 1950s through the late 1990s. However, very rare here in the US.
It features a 4 Cylinder gas motor with a 3 speed manual column shift. (Three on the tree).
It has a THREE speed transfer case 2 Hi, 4 Hi, 4 Med, 4 Lo, and N.
The motor runs quite well. It shifts fine. We drove it to the lot.
However, the brakes need work before it can be driven.
Overall the Jeep is pretty solid. There is some minimal rust in various rocker and door spots.
The frame, floors, and underside look remarkably well. The truck came from Texas.
The interior appears to be mostly original. The seat upholstery is good, but the cushioning material has deteriorated.
The door panels need recovering and the headline is missing (the insulation is still there).
After market gauges and radio have been added many, many years ago. The radio actually works.
The tire look fairly recent. It looks like it was probably repainted eons ago.
Here is some info on this EXACT unit I found on Google
This could be a really cool, unique vehicle. Stand out from the crowd at cruise nights!
Asking $4995 cash. I am out of time and space! Make me an offer! I might take a trade.
Call Finish Line Motors
(918) 688-5932 By appointment only.
1410 E 6th St. Tulsa
Stored inside.”

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1974 J20C Mitusbishi Chatsworth, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $6000

(10/04/2014) Looks like a good price.

Ultra Rare J20C / CJ3B Hardtop Jeep made by Mitsubishi in Japan.
This Jeep was imported about 6 years ago. California title currently non-op.
1974, no smog test required.
4 Cylinder engine is almost identical to the Willys F head engine, many parts
interchange. New paint, new headliner, seats recovered.
3 speed column shift, RIGHT HAND DRIVE.
4 wheel drive works perfect.
Very rare even in Japan.
Compare to all the other jeeps for sale on craigslist, this jeep is not a pile of junk.”

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1979 Mitsubishi J-54 Dover, DE No Price


Looks good.

“Here is a 1979 Mitsubishi J54 Diesel, Mitsubishi continued to manufacture the J54 ( CJ-3B ) after Jeep had discontinued production. The J54 has the 4DR5 (4 cyl. diesel motor) lots of torque and great gas mileage, and still looking really cool. 4×4 as every jeep should be combined with the diesel will let you go anywhere. It has a Dana 44 rear and Dana 30 front with 4.77 gears packed inside.

The Jeep comes with Delaware state title, Japanese export title, and Japanese regular title. This vehicle if federally legal due to the 25 year rule which makes these gems importable.

The Jeep comes with the original style wheels and tires, does not include the 31’s in the pictures. Customs will not allow for anything to be in the vehicle during shipping.

27k km original kilometers on the odometer, (that’s only 16777 miles)
Right hand drive, (not because it was a mail jeep but because it is a Japanese vehicle)
4 speed manual
Twin stick transfer case
Original style wheels and tires (can fit 31’s without lift, if you want to take away from the originality)
Good top with no leaks.

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1980 Mitsubishi J-53 Stratford, OK **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3800.

It’s had some use, but I haven’t seen many at this price.

“1980 Mitsubishi J53 4×4 this is Mitsubishi’s version of the willis CJ3b. It has a four cylinder diesel motor,four speed trans,hi/lo transfer case,has skid pans over the oil pan and has a 24 volt electric system . this jeep is built to military spec’s, being manufactured in japan not for transport to the U.S. it has right hand steering. this jeep runs and drives good. FOR SALE OR TRADE would trade for 4×4 pickup in good condition.”

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1977 Mitsubishi Putnam, NY $18,000


Looks good.

1977 Jeep (Willys) Mitsubishi CJ-3B
-Built in Japan
-30mpg // Cruises at 65mph
-Under 1,000 miles from new
-Registered and Titled in NY State”

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1979 Mitsubishi J-54 Vancouver, BC, Canada $9900

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3B, International • TAGS: , , .

Blaine spotted this one.

1979 Mitsubishi Jeep J54 with the 2650 cc Diesel motor. This is a one of a kind in Canada
Willys Style Jeep from Japan It is in fantastic condition for the year and a perfect candidate for 
Collector plate. It is super clean with a rust free body and great paint.
It Has a solid axle front end and it runs and drives like new It has a super low gear in 4 low and it will take you virtually any where.
BC Registered and ready to go.”


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1975 HJ-38 Mitsubishi Wagon Kent, Wa **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , .

UPDATE:  **Status Unknown** Was $5000.

(04/23/2012) George of George the Jeep had this for sale.

“We call her JJ (stands for Japanese Jeep) is a 1975 HJ-38. The ID tag that is on the firewall reads “Manufactured in JAPAN by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Under License From Jeep Corporation U.S.A. We found this treasure in Montana a few years ago and decided that we just had to have it. She has a 4cyl Mitsubishi gas engine, a 4 speed column shift transmission with a 2 speed transfercase. She has a 44 offset rearend (same as wagoneer quadra-trac), 30 series closed knuckle front end. She is a right hand drive and even has fractory AIR. She is a 4 door with Barn doors on the rear. The grille is the same as a CJ3B except with a Mitsubishi logo and instead of turn signals it has a place for the horns.. The hood is the same as a CJ3B except it says JEEP instead of WILLYS. She does need a new paint job but other then that she looks pretty good. Infact she even has the factory plastic still over the bench part of the back seat. As far as we know she is the only 4 door in the United States. Runs and Does need brakes but they will be fixed when you pick her up”

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1977 Mitsubishi Burnaby, BC, Canada on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , .

This right-hand drive jeep looks in great shape.

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“1977 Jeep Mitsubishi, in original condition and excellent shape. The top is immaculate, the interior in excellent shape and no rust, dents, or scratches. The tires are cracked because they are from 1977, they are the OME.

There are no leaks, it does not need anything mechanically either. Everything is functional on this jeep. The original tools and Owners Manual are included in the sale. It is registered in British Columbia Canada. This Jeep is unique and in unbelievable condition, springs and other components have no rust and the body/tub is rust free as well.

This jeep was always garaged, never driven in snow, never offroaded. The  plastic top windows are clear and in excellent shape, the top frame is mint and complete.

It has High/Low, 4×4 & 4×2 Tranny & Transfer case that work flawless
Has a posi-trac rear end.
The fuel economy is exceptional. (Approx. 25-30 MPG 2×2) (In 4×4 & extreme conditions less)

Basically this is a CJ3B body with far better running gear, motor, power, heating system, with defrosters, that the early Willy’s with the overhead cam hurricane motors just did not have

Everything works on this Jeep – Radio, Turn signals, everything. Being a 100HP, it is REALLY snappy and it is a 4-speed and will cruise effortlessly at 60-65MPH without overdrive and without Warn locking hubs, which can be installed.

The master cylinder brake system, helps the truck brake much safer than older jeeps. The heater works perfect and makes this truck usable in winter months. This truck is much easier  and safer to drive than the older CJ2 Cj3.”


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Year? J-54 Mitsubishi Columbus, OH $13,500


UPDATE: Still Available

35(10/28/2014) It looks in good shape.

“J54 Willy’s Military Jeep, 2.7 Mitsubishi Diesel, 24 volt waterproof electric system, low miles, averages 36 MPG, full top, always garaged, never driven in snow, never offroaded, modern stereo with USB, brand new 33 inch tires and wheels, runs looks and drives perfect, asking $13,500 call 614-491-5460 thanks, Pat.”


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Year? Mitsubishi Tishomingo, TX $7888


Looks solid.




This is a real deal please do not flag
This is an Mitsubishi produced M38A1
This one is Titled has a clear Classic Oklahoma Title
Mitsubishi bought the rights to produce the exact Military version M38A1 Jeeps back post WW II They continued production until 1990
There are identical other than some major improvements.
Differences are Mitsubishi installed there 2760cc 4 cylinder Diesel Engine & put in a 4 speed transmission.

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Photo of 1965 Mitsubishi J32F Fire Jeep from Japan on eBay

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles • TAGS: .

I thought the hoses on this fire jeep were unusual.  I would think they would flap around in the wind when driving?

“Factory photograph , 8 x 10 inches . Newly printed on the highest quality photographic paper . Please see scan for exact image . Photo size is 8×10”

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1976 Mitsubishi J-59 San Francisco, Ca eBay


The seller just bought this and now wants to buy something else.

“1976 Mitsubishi J58/CJ3B/Willys Original 24,500miles

I just recently purchased this and in between the 2 weeks it took to be delivered from Atlanta, GA, another one-of-a-kind deal came my way, so I will have to let this one go. Someone will be very lucky to get one of these rare Mitsu CJ3B’s.

Only about a dozen of these make it into the US through 2 importers due to the strict guidelines for the importation of used vehicles. The majority of these that are sold out of Japan go to Europe and South America. Only the nicest ones make it into the US and are usually presold before they are ever off the boat and this is one of them. This was the personal Jeep of one such importer.

I am not new to early CJ’s. I have restored about a dozen pre-1965 CJ’s. Four of them being body off CJ3B’s, so I can tell you I know these Jeeps. Prior to buying this one, I had never seen one of these – only pictures. So what you have here is a CJ3B with far better running gear, motor, power, heating system, with defrosters, that the early Willy’s with the overhead cam hurricane motors just did not have.

The only thing that was added to this Jeep was the CB Antenna and the gas can, which is mounted directly to the tailgate. The spare tire mount does not swing out like American CJ’s. It folds down and is not mounted to the tailgate.

Everything works on this Jeep – Radio, Turn signals, everything. I’ve only had this Jeep one week and have driven it about 10 miles. Being a 110HP, it is REALLY snappy and it is a 4-speed and will cruise effortlessly at 60-65MPH without overdrive and without Warn locking hubs, which can be installed. . . ”

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1959 J-59 Mitsubishi Atlanta, Ga $10,900

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , .

UPDATE:  Still Available

(05/24/2012) The tail light set up is interesting.  This looks in great shape.

“1985 Jeep J59 51,000 Miles CJ3b

In 1953 Mitsubishi secured the rights to build the Willys under their own name and the Mitsubishi Jeep was born. In the USA the Willys was built till 1965 but in Japan Mitsubishi had a good thing going so they kept the line in production till 1998. Mitsubishi installed the 5G52 Astron 2.0L 4 cyl These engines put out a much more useful 100 hp and moved these Jeeps down the highway comfortably at 110 km / hr or 65 mph.

This is a true turn-key off road capable unit. They have full time hubs Ready for the rugged out doors. Pick a trail and enjoy one of the best off-road vehicles ever made. The beauty of the Willy’s body style coupled with the strong and reliable Japanese engineered drivetrain using the D44 out back and the D30 up front, gear to gear t/case with a 2.3 low range, 4.77 differential gearing and you are ready for the great out doors.
Crawl down the steepest hill or race up the nearest dune, this gutsy miniature tank can handle it all. The very sharp approach and departure angles will be the envy of all and the superb break over angle will be hard to beat in any stock 4X4. This stock J59 can run 31” tires with absolutely NO LIFT.

Absolutely Mint Condition, runs as NEW. These Jeeps are some of the finest manufactured vehicles in the world.


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Year? Mitsubishi Annapolis, MD **Status Unknown**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Other 4x4s • TAGS: , , , .

UPDATE: Status Unknown. Was $5700.

“I purchased this jeep 5 years ago in Washington State where I restored it and used it on mountain trails, hunting/fishing while based at Fairchild AFB near Spokane. After being transferred to Andrews AFB it’s spent most of its time in my garage, other than trips into town, etc. It has a very efficient low mileage (under 45,000 miles) 4DR6 2.7L diesel engine mated to an iron 4speed manual transmission and transfer case. The steering is right hand drive as is typical for these late model willy’s from Japan. It’s been well maintained but shows some wear for its age such as repairs in the soft top, worn seats, etc. I also have the driver, passenger, and rear doors that are included in the sale. About 3 years ago the windshield wiper motor stopped working, so I’ve relied on the back up manual wiper in its place. I don’t have the time to research a new wiper motor or have it rebuilt, which is why I’m letting my jeep go at such a low price… While doing some research on this vehicle I discovered through discussion boards that individuals are paying up to $14K for these jeeps by the time the import cost, taxes, and all other expenses are calculated. It’s never been driven in the rain/snow here in Maryland due to rust concerns. This jeep has proven extremely reliable to me and capable of anything I’ve put in its path, you won’t be dissapointed.

Since I’ve owned it I’ve addressed the following:

-New windshield
-5 new 8 ply tubeless tires
-resealed the front and rear axles
-replaced all of the brakes (11″ drum brakes)
-installed new rear driveshaft
-replaced driveline parking brake
-eliminated rust from rear fenders by removing old sheet metal and welding in new
-Water pump was rebuilt 1 month ago
-New fan/alternator belt last month
-replaced thermostat & hoses
-installed inline coolant block heater
-M38 speedometer (replaced old unit that was in kilometers per hr)
***note*** speedometer works great but odometer recently stopped working
-installed turn signal control (unit was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-new pintle hitch with 2″ ball
-new shovel, axe, & jerry can
-installed farm jack on front bumper
-new M38 mirrors
-installed passenger seat from a CJ-5 (seat was missing when it arrived from Japan)
-installed Warn Locking hubs for the Dana 30 front axle
-engine oil & filter have been changed every 3,000 miles or 6 months (which ever comes first)

****the engine is barely broke in at 45-50K miles, burns no oil, and there are absolutely no leaks from the engine or drivetrain components.Yea”

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1959 Mitsubishi CJ-3BM Santa Rosa, CA **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Other 4x4s • TAGS: , .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3900

“1959 CJ 3BM by Mitsubishi Motors and Jeep
Engine # JH435452
This is a very rare military version of the CJ3B made by Mitsubishi in Japan for Willys. Japanese writing on the Data Plate.
Very nice restoration candidate and easy to get parts for.
Crosses over for M-38 parts
Great body, fenders, hood, grill etc.
Engine runs but smokes
Brakes not working
Steering box not working properly
Has title.”