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.
Sabareesh Moorthy, India
"I am a proud owner of a 1986 Mahindra CJ500D 4x4. It's essentially a stretched CJ-3B with a B275 Diesel engine, 3-speed T90 Gearbox and Spicer T18 transfer case. In 1967 Mahindra stretched the CJ-3B by 10 inches making a 91" wheelbase. It was powered by the F4-134 Hurricane (2187cc 75BHP 15.5Kgm@2000rpm).
"In 1974, Mahindra introduced the B275 (2350CC 38BHP 12Kgm@1400rpm) International Harvester Co. tractor engine on the CJ-4A and called it the CJ500D. I procured mine from a Forest Department surplus auction in Mumbai. These Jeeps were a mainstay of most government fleets. Though it is extremely slow on the road it is very rugged and reliable off the road."
See also a nice left side view (150K JPEG) of the CJ500D.
Budhaditya Majumdar, Calcutta, India
"I was a long time fan of The CJ3B Page, and I now own one. This was a Bihar (India) Police Jeep which took birth out of the Mahindra & Mahindra assembly line in 1987 with an MD2350 International engine and still has got the same, but I have done some body work. Initially the front axles were missing and those were replaced by Uday Bhan Singh from Howrah (West Bengal)."
Sudeesh Yezhuvath, Bangalore, India
Sudeesh purchased this 1967 Mahindra in November 2010 from previous owner H.B Vivek (110K JPEG) who had built up the Jeep from its stock condition (30K JPEG). Elsewhere on the web, see more details of Vivek's 1967 CJ-3B Restoration.
Mite Tashev, Macedonia
17-year-old Mite and his father in Macedonia have owned this long-wheelbase Mahindra for 11 years. The 1970 Mahindra CJ-4, built in Bombay, was originally exported to Yugoslavia. For economy, the F-head engine was replaced with a Ford Sierra 2.3 Diesel, although there were only 7500 miles on the Hurricane.
See more photos of this Mahindra Jeep in Macedonia on The CJ3B Page.
Paolo Armando, Italy
Paolo, in Chiari, Italy writes, "Finally I bought her -- a Greek-assembled Mahindra CJ-4D, nicknamed 'CJ3B and half' (see a side view photo, 80K JPEG). She is registered in Italy as a 'truck two places' (see the interior, 80K JPEG); this means that rear cargo bay must not be used for carrying personnel -- this is verboten in Italy. The engine is a Peugeot Diesel Indenor XDP88 (80K JPEG), displacement 1948 cc. Chassis number MAB540DPDJ0231990.
"Working in my garage I have found the fuel tank fasteners are in stainless steel, otherwise rust is everywhere. At the moment I have plans to sanblast the tub and repaint in Navy Grey. The little boy is a young helper!" (80K JPEGs).
"I have a CJ-3B Jeep manufactured in India, and used before by JNA, the former federal army of Yugoslavia. Serial numbers are 75133 1589. The Jeep is in very good shape and is very nice to drive. But it was rebuilt with a homemade hard top (180K JPEG) and I'm working on changing it back to soft top. By the way, your site helped me a lot, and compliments to you and all the Jeep owners."
Zahid Amir, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India
Our friend Uday Bhan Singh in India sent some photos recently of a Mahindra Classic belonging to Zahid Amir in Port Blair, capital of the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Baay of Bengal. Uday said, "He is a diehard Jeep fan, and his CJ-3B is a 1974 model with petrol engine. Let me know your views of this youngster's work in restoration."
When we heard from Zahid himself, he wrote, "The restoration project took 2.2 years. I bought it for 17k in pitiful condition, rebuilt/overhauled the entire mechanical system, rebuilt the tub, and changed all the electrical parts. Mr. Uday Bhan Singh helped me a lot in the restoration project. He supplied many important spares/parts, but never asked for a single penny. Hard to find person like him."
Nice work by both Zahid and Uday. See some scenic photos taken from the left front view and rear view (100K JPEGs).
Kevin Thomas, West Midlands, UK
Kevin Thomas says, "My Jeep is a 1994 Mahindra Indian Brave. Mods include full disk brake conversion, Willys wings (fenders), blackout taillamps (210K JPEG), body lift, Superwinch overdrive, Bestop roof (130K JPEG), basic dash, old-school roll bar, tow hooks on bumper for A-frame, loud paint work, Saab leather electric seats in front, Wrangler rear with Jeep script, Lucas single wipers."
See also a photo taken when Kevin was just starting the work (120K JPEG).
John Carroll, West Yorkshire, UK
John sent some new photos of Mad Hilda, his 1989 Mahindra CJ340, now with Willys fenders, grille and hood. It's seen here with another Mahindra he painted pink for a young lady (see CJ-3B's on Show in Europe on The CJ3B Page) in a photo taken close to where John lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
See more photos of Mad Hilda with John's article on The Mahindra Jeep, from Jp magazine.
Chengappa, Coorg, India
This owner simply wrote "I am Chengappa from Coorg and this is a CJ-3B made by Mahindra & Mahindra in India." In fact this left-hand-drive Mahindra appears to be in nice original condition, and is in fact very close to an original Willys CJ-3B, although it likely has a diesel engine. The dashboard plate (50K JPEG) carries a serial number beginning with 8105, which initially suggested this may have been a Kaiser vehicle imported and assembled in India, but the rest of the number (and the date 1986) soon dispelled that idea.
The dashboard (70K JPEG) includes a glove box and a handy storage tray, and a T-handle emergency brake mounted below the dash. See also a rear view photo (40K JPEG) showing Hall-style taillights.
Vikas Bhasin, Goa, India
Vikas Bhasin of the Club Mahindra Varca Beach Resort on the golden beach at Goa in southern India, drives this beautiful 2000 Classic, and says, "It is an excellent Jeep with great off-roading capabilities; I have maintained it very well and use it only on weekends."
Sanjay Vatsa, India
Sanjay Vatsa's Jeep also looks like a Classic now, but he says, "It's an Indian Army Jeep CJ340 picked up from an auction and redone by Manohar Singh Rathore in Jaipur, Rajastan, India. I have had the Jeep for the last 3 years and use it for going to work and weekend recreational activities. It has a 2200cc DI diesel engine that generates enough power to drive around in the city, on the highway and off-road. The 4wd is ideal for off-roading and we have done near crazy stuff.
"I find driving a Jeep as a 'state of mind'. Normally people in cities find it odd and give curious glances as you pass them. But all in all I would not trade it with another vehicle."
See more about Mahindra Jeeps on The CJ3B Page.
Elsewhere on the web, see more Mahindra owners at 4-The-Love-Of-Jeeps.com.
The Mahindra Register in the UK, and MahindraIGDeutschland in Germany are owners' organizations.
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