This well-preserved Gen 1 Suzuki Jimny just made our wish list 

Updated Sep 28, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive FYIs

It looks good for something that’s over four decades old.

Despite its size, the Suzuki Jimny has always managed to hold its own even against bigger, more expensive SUVs. On the strength of its heritage, performance, and styling, the current iteration of the mini 4x4 has proved extremely popular that Suzuki had to commence production in its Indian plant to offset the long global wait list.  

Suzuki Jimny LJ80

The yellow paintjob makes this Gen 1 Suzuki Jimny even more of a standout 

But the one thing that’s possibly more desirable than a brand-new fourth-generation Jimny? A rare first-generation LJ80 unit, that’s what. New York-based automotive auction site Collecting Cars is offering one such 70s-era example to the best bidder, with the Greek Yellow paint making the Jimny’s strong lines stand out even more.

According to the website, this particular Jimny was imported into the U.S. from Guatemala, as shown by the accompanying badge on the well-worn leather key fob. The hardtop four-wheeler appears to be in stock form, from the rain gutters and vertical door handles right down to the black steel wheels and the spare tire mounted on the side-opening tailgate. 

Suzuki Jimny LJ80 open tailgate

You either enjoy it behind the wheel or ride it shotgun

Interior accommodations are spartan to say the least, with the instrument panel practically bolted onto the steel dashboard, while purists will likely appreciate the presence of a temperature gauge. Leather seats up front omit the headrests, while rear occupants will have to endure sitting on bulges created by the rear wheel wells, provided there will be those who dare in the first place. 

The engine bay is inhabited by the original 800cc F8A inline-4 gasoline engine that musters 42 horsepower and 60 Nm of torque. Completing the powertrain is a 4-speed manual transmission working with a transfer case that features both high- and low-range gearing when four-wheel-drive is engaged.     

Suzuki Jimny LJ80 steering wheel

The stark interior enables drivers to focus on what the Jimny does best

Barring slight discoloration and small scratches, the LJ80 is in excellent condition paint-wise. The only known electrical issue is that the horn doesn’t work. With lubricants replaced and the carburetor tuned, the vehicle only has a hair over 5,700 kilometers on the odometer. 

Suzuki Jimny LJ80 engine

It still runs on the original 800cc inline-4 gasoline engine

As of this writing, there have been 20 bids on the vehicle, the highest so far is at $3,800 (almost Php 194,000), with the auction ending in less than 15 hours. If you have the disposable income and are not too keen on waiting for the current Jimny, this time machine on wheels is something to consider. 

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Know more about Suzuki Jimny 2023

Suzuki Jimny

The Suzuki Jimny 2023 is a 4x4, ladder-frame mini-suv. In the local market, this model is available in four different variants. There’s the GL 1.5 MT, the GL 1.5 AT, the GLX 1.5 AT (Monotone), and the GLX 1.5 AT (Two-tone). Their prices range from Php 1,170,000 to Php 1,285,000. 

Under the hood, the Suzuki Jimny uses a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 101 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque. The entry-level GL variant may come with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the GLX exclusively uses a four-speed automatic transmission. All then come with the Suzuki 4x4 All Grip Pro drivetrain. 

Size-wise, the Suzuki Jimny has a length of 3,480mm, a width of 1,645mm, and a height of 1,725mm. It then has a wheelbase length of 2,250mm, and a ground clearance of 210mm. 

Locally, the Suzuki Jimny technically doesn’t have direct competitors. Then again, the closest off-road focused recreational vehicles available locally is the Toyota FJ Cruise and the Jeep Wrangler. Size-wise though, the Jimny is more in line with the Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Geely Coolray, Kia Seltos, Chery Tiggo 2 Pro, Mazda CX-3, among others. 

₱ 1,170,000 - ₱ 1,285,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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