I really like the idea its diesel///this company makes a tractor for the american market that is strangely popular among mentally challenged adult white males...https://jalopnik.com/the-mahindra-roxor-is-a-tiny-offroad-jeep-to-conquer-am-1823460351 oh yea the punjaj jeep enters the market...
Thank you Jim for the history lesson as a proud Jeep owner/fan I had no idea about this part of it's proud heritage. I now look at the original article in a different light. Closer to an original Jeep than the modern version I tool around Scottsdale in.Factoid..............
Mahindra of India was one of the first to contract out the overseas production of several Willys Jeep models and still does. They produce the Willys models CJ-3B, the CJ-5 and the CJ-6 today, virtually identical in every respect to the original Willys specs.
They produce the military M606 (modified CJ-3B) for the Indian government.
I buy and import thousands of dollars of their parts every year that are 100% direct replacements for Willys Jeep models going back to 1945, all of the highest quality. I have hundreds of customers that buy replacement parts for their Mahindra Jeeps outside of India to include Japan, most of Africa and South America.
As for "45 mph? WTF?" How fast did any cars go in 1950? Road conditions in those times now long gone were horrific. How fast do you think a 134 cubic inch four cylinder engine with 70 horse power can push a one thousand pound truck?
Years back I was able to acquire over 100 Mahindra military M606 Jeeps that had been imported through Mexico and held by the US Customs at El Centro CA because they didn't meet US DOT standards. I basically got them for free but they had to be demolished before I could take them off of their hands. Talk about filling my shelves with parts! I hired ten guys in Calexico, gave them the tools and cutting torches then let em at it. I still have an uncut body tub that I managed to sneak away that is far superior to any Willys Jeep ever produced.
As available for "off road use only" that's a hoot, just look at all of the crap tooling down the road today. Ever see the highway safety rating for a three wheeler or a new quad? Might as well be a fly on the windshield when in a head-on with a ten thousand pound Ford or Dodge truck.
And Jerry, that little diesel engine that they put in them is of the highest quality. I get calls all of the time from USA Willys owners that want to replace their old worn out gasoline fed 4-134's with something a little more high tech.
Check it out, and price is not over the top in today's market...https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1966/toyota/land_cruiser/100892165Many of the older four-wheelers were geared incredibly low. I had a '66 Landcruiser back in the 70's that had a strong straight 6 (copied from an old GM design), but the three speed was geared so low I could only get it up to around 50 miles per hour. I believe with a modern configuration, the Toyota could have easily done 60-70 mph.