1968: First LJ Series - Suzuki Jimny 360 (Brute)

The first 4x4 Suzuki LJ Series built in 1968 as Jimny 360 or Brute from the Hope Motor Co. The HopeStar on Jimny 360 began development in 1965 as a basic, reliable 4 wheel drive. It did without such frills as doors and needed nothing more than hammock seats. It was powered by a 21hp 360cc air-cooled Mitsubishi two-stroke engine.

Suzuki Jimny 360 (Brute) from The HopeStar (Hope Motor Co.)

However, the company met with difficulties after selling only a handful of these trucks. Suzuki purchased the production rights for the 360 in these year.

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