Finding a vintage Suzuki Jimny that somebody is willing to part with is rare. So, if you have one – or are looking to buy one – here’s what you should keep in mind to take proper care of your classic Jimny.
The Suzuki Jimny has had a cult following almost since the day it was launched. The first Jimny, the LJ10, was launched in Japan in April 1970. It was Suzuki’s first 4x4 and is considered to be the first compact 4x4 to be sold globally.
The Jimny’s mini-4x4 styling, capability, and all-round unique character quickly made it a firm favourite with car fans. Unfortunately for collectors (but very fortunate for owners), the Jimny has always been a good quality value purchase. This means they were worked hard, and as a result very few vintage models can be found in good condition. Many Jimny’s were passed from one generation to the next – a testament to its durability, but frustrating for car lovers looking for a classic in mostly original condition.
Jimny experts will know that the occasional golden nugget may pop up on the sales floor, but you need to know your Jimny history and original parts to make sure you’re getting a decent deal. Thankfully, Suzuki has an excellent reputation for supporting
its vintage car owners. Whether you’re looking to buy, restore, or your older Jimny just needs a little TLC, you will find the best advice through Suzuki South Africa as well as established car clubs dedicated to the brand.
Below are a few tips if you want to keep your classic Jimny in good shape:
The Suzuki Jimny is without a doubt the most sought-after mini-SUV, especially in vintage form. If you have one, or can get your hands on one, you need to make sure you take proper care of it. Prices vary drastically depending on year & model, as well as condition and how close to original each vehicle is. But no matter which classic version you have, it’s safe to say the demand for this tiny classic will continue to grow. Take care of it properly and you could have a solid investment on your hands – but only if you have the heart to part with it.
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