I took this picture 6 months ago while visiting Tokyo, and completely forgot about it until I saw yesterday’s Jeep Station Wagon posting. While the back of this wagon clearly reads “Jeep,” it is in fact all Mitsubishi. The company stamped its triple diamond logo into the sheet metal at the top of the grille, and the steering wheel was mounted on the right hand side, Japanese market style.
(Image from Wikipedia)
During a quick web search, I discovered this Wikipedia image of a Mitsubishi Jeep using the same paint scheme. Too bad they covered the license plate number- Looking at the mudflaps and the blue plastic rain shields in the side windows, it may be the same truck with an older set of blackwalls!
The web tells me that Mitsubishi built Jeeps under license from 1953 to 1998. To maximize utility, some models were offered with diesel power and some included Dana axles, but the body and frame were unique to Mitsubishi.
On my next trip to Japan, I need to spend a day in search of Curbside Classics. The country is full of cars like this one; familiar to the American eye and yet just a little off.