Suzuki Mighty Boy
The Mighty Boy
Small and stocky, some may even describe it as cute but for four years from the mid-eighties (between 1985-1988) Suzuki imported into Australia the Mighty Boy. A small utility vehicle (ute) produced by the large Japanese company. Owned by a few but loved by many.
Based on the principles and regulations of the Japanese keijidosha class of vehicles, the MightyBoy is a coupe utility variation of the 2nd generation, 2-door fastback Suzuki Cervo.
Released in 1983, it was equipped with an 534 cc SOHC 3 cylinder transverse-mounted engine (F5A), however unlike its cousin the Cervo, no turbo was available.
Driving the front wheels through a 4-speed manual or optional 2-speed automatic gearbox, the F5A motor delivered 19 kW of power at the flywheel. Model designation for the Suzuki MightyBoy is "SS40T".
1st generation MightyBoys were fitted with 10" wheels, and sported a horizontally finned grille, identical to the Cervo. A feature unique to the MightyBoy were the seats, which although still similar to those featured in the Cervo CS/G, featured a customised embossed "MightyBoy" logo.
2nd generation Mightyboys received minor cosmetic upgrades, including a restyled front grille and mirrors. In addition the range was extended to two variants:
PS-A - This 'base' model carried over the 10" wheels from the 1st generation MightyBoy and was available with a 4 speed manual transmission only.
PS-L and PS-QL - This model was equipped with bucket seats, larger 12" wheels, chrome roof/tie-down rails, and a tachometer. In contrast to the base model, a choice of 2-speed automatic or 5-speed manual gearbox was offered.
Having once owned a Mighty Boy, and hope to again one day soon, I've had the pleasure of driving the small yet proud vehicle. I used it primarily to get myself to and from work, though I wouldn't recommend it if the commute is greater than 30 minutes. I used about $10 to $15 a FORTNIGHT in fuel.
I also used it to move house once. Surprisingly you can fit a fair bit in the back, even if it looks about the size of an esky. In fact you could fit about half a dozen eskies in the back. Or just fill the tray up with ice and use the vehicle itself as an esky.
The next Mighty Boy I get (my wife promised me she'd get me another one) I'll have the tray lined.
Mighty Boy Facts
- The only export market for the Suzuki MightyBoy was Australia between 1985-1988.
- The owners manual which came with the car was in fact the manual for the Suzuki Alto/SB305. In addition to that it also came with an owners manual supplment which read: This supplement if exclusively for SS40T. As it describes only the main differences compared with the Alto/SB305, it should be used together with the Alto/SB305 owner's manual.
- Mighty Boys were not equipped with a tonneau cover from the factory. This was left to each individual dealer to source and fit, hence the reason that MightyBoys are equipped with many differing styles of cover, or none at all.
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