Click on any photo to see a larger version, or follow the links for more photos and details on these close relatives of the Jeep CJ-3B, made in India.
Keith King, Sudbury Suffolk, East Anglia, UK
Keith King's long-wheelbase Mahindra was one of the first to appear on The CJ3B Page, back in the 1990's. As of 2009, he writes, "It has now been reworked to loosely resemble an M606, and boasts the highest mileage of a Mahindra Jeep in the UK, having covered 100598 miles (that's around the clock and 598 miles and counting.) It recently made a trip to a local airstrip to pose with a 1944 Piper Cub (140K JPEG) at the wake/funeral of its owner Ted Cundy, who had fully restored the spotter plane. See also a rear view photo (140K JPEG)."
When Keith sent the original photo (60K JPEG), he said, "I have owned and used this CJ-4 for the last ten years (since new): made in India, assembled in Greece, purchased in the UK. OK, it had its teething problems, but after bolting bits back on that fell off (mostly Mahindra add-ons I must say), it has been a really good friend and a lot of fun, often mistreated and abused, seldom looked after, but always ready to do whatever was asked of it, offroading, towing, and generally being an everyday runabout.
"The tired old 2 litre diesel commited sewercide at 94,000 miles, prompting me to fit a Ford Granada Scorpio 2.5 litre diesel engine from a donor vehicle. This dropped in with very few mods, apart from flywheel and starter differences, leaving all the original clutch, gearbox and drive train. The difference the extra .5 litre has made is astounding: it always was quite nimble but now it's a real beast."
Geoff Hall, North Devon, England
A few years ago, Geoff wrote, "This is slowly becoming an M606. It may be a 1994 Mahindra but when I have finished doing what I'm doing to it, the only difference will be its diesel engine (although I have asked Mahindra the availability and cost of an F-Head and gearbox). Oh and as I like some comforts I am leaving the heater in. The seats are next. The canvas hopefully will come from Beachwood but the hoops and fixings I can get here in England."
As of late 2006, Geoff says, "Here is a photo of my two boys driving my 'utilty 4x4' around our field in England. It started off life as a Mahindra but I changed so much of the vehicle in my quest to have a M606 type. This included an F-head 134 and T90 from Indianapollis, coupled with a Warn OD from Herm, all steering gear for LHD from Kaiser, Walcks, Jeep Dr and others, when the Dollar/Pound was in my favour. And parts from Jeep suppliers here in England, mainly TS Autos. I have kept the 4.88 diffs and use 750/16 bar grips. It is a joy to drive -- will do 60+ but 50 is really comfortable. And the fact is our licencing dept. says that I cannot call it a Mahindra any more, or the trade name Jeep, so I registered it as a 'Utility 4x4.'"
Geoff has photos online at his site called MishMashCJ.
Kiffer Sell, England
Kiffer has replicated an Indian Army version in his restoration of a Mahindra Jeep in the UK: "Actualy it's an Indian Brave which I have converted to as near possible a copy of an Indian military Jeep, with parts sent to me by Sri Srivardhan, and copies of parts photographed by Sri."
See also nice photos of the rear view and the interior view (100K JPEG's).
Manoj Nagpal, Bangalore, India
This is a 2000 Mahindra Classic: "I call my Jeep Lucky, coz I think he is lucky. Fate had it that one morning when I was to leave to Mumbai to pick up a Jeep I had negotiated to buy, Lucky came by and the next minute I jumped on the joy ride of my life.
"It has a Peugeot 2112cc diesel engine, and 4 speed transmission box with part time 4-wheel drive. I use the Jeep everyday to drive to work and back. On weekends I usually take it offroad with a couple of friends and believe it is capable of going where no two-wheel would ever dare to go."
See also a front view photo on the trail with some Suzukis (80K JPEG) and a rear view (50K JPEG).
Rahul Dubey, Bangalore, India
"After having spent 4 years hunting for a decent Jeep, I came across this 2000 model Mahindra Classic, being sold unwillingly by an Army gentleman. Have had the baby for almost a year now, with a gearbox overhaul job as the only major expense."
See also a photo with the windscreen up (100K JPEG) and a rear view on the trail (120K JPEG) with the soft top up.
Anand Kumar, India
Here are pictures of one of the CJ3B Jeeps I have. I refurbish and sell them as they are getting very scarce around here. This particular one is a 1968 model which saw service as the superintendent of police Madurai's official vehicle. I got it from a person who used it for 18 years to haul tea leaves in the Nilgiris.
See also a side view photo (50K JPEG).
Rushabh Parekh, India
After several years of frequent off-roading around India (30K JPEG), Rushabh Parekh spent three years in the U.S. getting his MBA, and he says, "My family was very tempted to sell my CJ, but strict instructions on my part stopped them from giving it away to some lucky buyer. When I returned, my Mahindra had been sitting in one place for the last 3 years and was corroded beyond use (100K JPEG). I started the restoration project with the help of an authorised Mahindra workshop (90K JPEG). These guys really know their Jeeps and I have access to factory original parts and a highly skilled labor force (60K JPEG). After three and a half months of love, caring and attention (not to mention a lot of $$$) she is now back on the road and better than new!"
Some of the improvements:
1. Recondition and strengthen chassis.
2. New body and black paint.
3. Stainless steel nuts and bolts.
4. New soft-top and doors.
5. Foam insulation in passenger compartment and engine compartment.
6. 3-spoke, 15-inch alloys.
7. New front and rear suspension.
8. Chrome pipes; removed side steps.
9. New electrical circuitry.
10. Air conditioner.
11. Extra gas tank.
12. Air horn, with cutout.
13. Mercedes Benz-style main horn.
Mike O'Connor, England
"My model is the extended 'Chief' version, an elongated version of the Brave. The engine (see a side view, 80K JPEG, and top view, 70K JPEG) is the French Peugeot XDP.4 Diesel lump fitted to most Mahindras imported into the UK. I have recently converted the front drum brakes to discs using Suzuki SJ discs and British Leyland Rover calipers. The improvement in braking efficiency is remarkable... it now stops in a straight line :)"
See also a front view (80K JPEG).
Wayne Waymo, England
Jane wrote, "We use the Jeep (1991 Indian Chief) mainly for offroad driving but also use it on the roads as well. Wayne recently built the rollcage himself. The picture was taken a few weeks ago in North Wales, the weekend of England's first match in the World Cup -- hence the flag! Hopefully we will be able to do some more serious offroading in the near future, once we have a winch, as at the moment we only have the Hi-Lift."
Jane Waymo, England
"Finding your site useful as ever, just thought I'd send you a photo of my Mahindra, now I've got my own."
Sad update: we were very sorry to hear that Wayne and Jane have lost both these Jeeps in a fire (120K JPEG).
Alan Marshall, England
"I am the proud owner of a Mahindra CJ340 (3B in disguise). I would be interested in hearing from others who own a Mahindra, particularly in the UK. I would also like to hear from anyone who can get parts, knows of conversions, and takes theirs offroad. As you will see on my Jeep page I take mine in the mud (120K JPEG) as often as possible. It's getting more and more modifications as time goes by and money allows. I also use mine daily for the commute to work."
Glenn Carmad, Dartford, Kent, England
"I bought my Mahindra just for off-roading; it has replaced my 3.0 ltr. Land Rover and I must say I'm pretty impressed! I bought this little beauty for £650 -- can anyone tell me if I paid over the odds or not? I took it offroading on Sunday in West Kingsdown and apart from getting totally muddy (due to no roof) and the Mahindra being a bit low (kept grounding out) I was impressed with the old girl. I'm now thinking of jacking her up 2 inches and possibly getting some bigger wheels."
Martin Gliddon, Leamington Spa, England, UK
"'DR.X' (Mahindra CJ540) completed its first road trials since its major refit, and posed today (April 2002) for the first photos. I bought 'DR.X' for about US$350. Built in 1990, genuine 41k mileage, and the only rust is on the windscreen. The doors by the way are re-fabricated stainless steel as the original canvas ones fell to pieces.
"Over here the scene is dominated by Land Rovers, most of whose owners don't believe that any other form of 4x4 has the right to exist. Pity, they seem to forget that the original Land Rover was a Jeep chassis with a Rover engine and British styled panels. Jeeps have a great following here and come second in the tables, but the thing about Jeep owners is that they recognize and applaud the "clone" varieties as if they were original. If it's a Jeep, no matter where it was built, it's a Jeep, seems to be their motto."
See also a side view (60K JPEG).
Guy Lecocq, Aywaille, Belgium
"It's a '91 model, with an Indenor XD-90 diesel engine. I am now searching for a complete soft top, because winter is coming and I only have a bikini top! In Belgium, one finds NO parts for Mahindras. They were only sold here briefly at the beginning of the 1990's. I find some mechanical parts from Peugeot or Ford (Granada)."
See more details on Guy's unusual BMW blue 1991 Mahindra CJ340, on The CJ3B Page.
Peter Ciesielski, London, England
"It's a 1990 Indian Brave model; with subtle mods I think it looks the biz. For £500 it was a steal! It's by far the most basic (read crude) vehicle I've ever owned, especially compared to my everyday car -- a Jaguar Sovereign! Still, I love the old beast and I can't wait for the summer."
S. Srivardhan, Chennai, India
"My Jeep is an army model CJ3B, right hand drive version, Indian military specs. It is O.D. colour, with black out lights, side and rear grab handles, tow hook, jerry can and mesh grille. It has a removable canvas top."
See an interior view (60K JPEG) and a rear view (60K JPEG). See Jeeps in India for photos with the top down.
Andy Hunt, Peterborough, England
"It's not a CJ-3B, but as you have pictures of Mahindra CJ-5-type Jeeps in India I also thought you might like a picture of one outside its natural habitat."
Continue to Mahindra Owners and Photos, Page 2
See more about Mahindra Jeeps on The CJ3B Page.
Elsewhere on the web, see The Mahindra Register in the UK, and MahindraIGDeutschland in Germany.
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