The Suzuki Mighty Boy is a Kei-sized pick-up version of the second generation Suzuki Cervo two-door fastback coupé released in February 1983. It was classified as a commercial vehicle in Japan (and in Australia) so as to benefit from lower taxes for such vehicles, but its utilitarian values were certainly limited.
Its lineage goes back as far as Suzuki has been building cars. The original Suzulight (1955-57) was the company's first attempt at car manufacture; only 43 of these vehicles were built during the two years of manufacture. Full production began in 1962 with the 2-cyl, 2-stroke, air-cooled, fwd Suzulight 360. A number of different versions were released including 2 & 3 door saloons, an estate and a pick-up - the Suzulight SP.The LC10 Fronte 360 2-door was introduced in March 1967 to replace the earlier Suzulight Fronte. The Fronte 360 was more up to date than the Suzulights with a lightweight, 3-cylinder engine. There was even an 'SS' version, producing 36hp at 7000rpm. It was updated in 1970, with a 500cc export version being introduced.
|Norman Rockwell. The obvious way to advertise a Japanese pick-up.|
|The Cervo Coupe, the base for the Mighty Boy, seen here in Turbo guise|
First generation Mighty Boys were fitted with dinky 10" wheels, and sported a horizontally finned grille, identical to the Cervo. While the Cervo used rectangular headlights, the Mighty Boy, as befitting the cheapest car available in Japan, had cost-cutting round sealed beam units. A feature unique to the Mighty Boy was the seats, which although still similar to those featured in the Cervo CS/G, featured a customised embossed "Mighty Boy" logo. Second generation Mighty Boys received minor cosmetic upgrades, including a restyled front grille and mirrors. In addition, the range was extended to two variants: the base PS-A model carried over the 10" wheels from the 1st gen Mighty Boy and was available with a 4-speed gearbox only, while the PS-L and PS-QL models came equipped with sports seats, larger 12" wheels, chrome roof rails, and a rev counter. In contrast to the base model, a choice of 2-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox was offered, and rectangular headlights were fitted.
The Mighty Boy was in production from 1983 to 1988 and for the most part was alas, a Japan-only model, with two exceptions The only export markets for the MB were Australia and Cyprus between 1985-1988. Imported through Suzuki/Ateco, Australia received a hybrid of the Japanese PS-A and PS/QL second generation Mighty Boy that included chrome roof rails, sports seats and 12" wheels, however did not include such items as a rev counter or 5-speed manual gearbox. The manual version sold for AU$5795 when introduced to Australia, the cheapest car available there at the time. About 2,800 were imported, but only 300 - 400 now exist.
|All-black with De Tomaso bits. Mmm.|
|Blue and white with wing splitters. Hmmm.|
|For the moon...|
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