– 1988 Suzuki SJ 413
– 1.4 litre engine with 47 kW (64 hp) and manual transmission
– unwarranted mileage of 73,300 km
– exterior paint in beige and black imitation leather interior
– folding top in black
– auxiliary headlights
– Polish registration documents
– already eligible for German registration as a historic vehicle
The Suzuki Jimny, a small, simple and robust 4×4 car, became the Japanese car maker’s first global success. In 1970, the first version was introduced as the LJ (“Light Jeep”) 10. With its length of less than 3.2 m it belonged into the tax privileged “Kei car” (smallest vehicle) category. Its successor LJ 20 introduced the famous vertical grille bars and a stronger engine. In 1975 the SJ series (“Suzuki Jeep”) was launched, which eventually replaced the LJ, even though both models were offered simultaneously. Power upgrades followed, additional markets were won over. In Germany, the LJ was presented in 1979 and the SJ 410 available as of 1982. As it was cheap to buy and run, it quickly gained a significant market share, with Suzuki becoming market leader for 4×4 cars throughout the 1980s. Particularly popular became the SJ 413 (4 wheel drive, 1.3 litre engine), later called “Samurai”.
In other countries, the Jimny was sold under a multitude of brand and model names and was assembled not just in Japan, but in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Kenya, Colombia and Spain as well. The small 4×4 proved exceptionally versatile and capable even in very rough conditions, as was proven in the 2007 world record of the highest altitude reached by car (6,688 m) – in a 1986 Suzuki SJ!