Friday, January 30, 2009

Indentifying Mahindra Classic

There are so many queries about Jeeps, many folks turn to me asking for information about the Mahindra Classic. In fact many people think the word classic jeep is meant for the older jeeps. But the term Mahindra Classic is itself a product name and here is the information how to recognize a Mahindra Classic for those who wanted to own the precious and the last produced short wheel base Jeep in the world.

As many as people tried to fake the Classic model with Willys CJ3B, M&M CJ3B, M&M CJ340 and M&M CL340 (not a classic) by adding the stuffs to look like a original Mahindra Classic jeep.

  1. Original classics are CL340 DP - Classic 4WD (Not CJ340)
  2. Chassis number of CL340 DP/4WD starts with CL340DPCLS4....
  3. Produced between year 1996 and 2000 (The first batch of CL340 DP/4WD (M&M Classic) rolled out in Q3 1996 and the last batch of CL340 DP/4WD was in Q2 2000, could be used in conjunction with the RC book)
  4. Suspended pedals for gas, break and clutch (Other jeeps will have floor mounted system)
  5. Front wheel got Disc break (I bet no other jeeps got prior to this)
  6. 1996 to 1997 models came with spokes wheels (Wire wheels) and then Alloy 96-99 Models came with spoke wheels, the alloy wheels were an option from 97-98.
  7. Chrome plated 2 piece Front bull bar(actually the bull bar and cover to the bumper are 2 pieces not like the replicas)
  8. Filmsy dash board with colorful indicator lights
  9. Little wider track than CJ340s
  10. Single lever 4WD operations with KMT-90 gearbox (Old jeeps got shafts for 4WD options plus one for normal gears)
  11. Rear seat setup came with forward facing seats like Willys MB or CJ2A
  12. A nicely designed roll over bar with a little bend towards the sky on the center of the middle pipe.
  13. Seat belts on the rollover bar
  14. Idling speed switch on the dash board
  15. Right to left wiper arms
  16. Plastic Rear spacers are bit wider than the MM540 type spacers (one on the read mudguard)
  17. Front rear spacers with a carving for small side indicator (the smallest side indicator than in any jeep)
  18. Originally availed Red, Black, White and Dark Metallic Green colors
  19. Mesh(or insect shield) on the grill without a hole for bonnet knob (available for MM540)
  20. Front tow hook on the right side
  21. Side view mirrors (OVRM) setup from front of windshield with 4 screw mount each side, inside of the 4 wholes in windshield protected with a rectangle metal plate for extra support. (Not seen in any other CJ3B variants)
  22. Extra Plastics for the location between fascia and the bumper with Mahindra written on it and neat plastic cover for the windshield joints.
  23. Company fitted bucket seats
  24. Ignition key on the steering column with steering lock
  25. Lamda free wheeling hubs as seen in the Maruti Gypsy
  26. Center mounted spare wheel brackets on the tail gate (all other Mahindra models to have it on one side of the door)
  27. Three screw sun wiser attachment on the windshield like MM540
  28. Servo assisted break operations (booster break)
  29. The Emergency break or the Parking break on center of body tub between passenger and driver seats.
  30. The air filter inside the engine compartment was fitted on the left side (passenger side) firewall, as to give space for the servo booster of break assembly in the right side (driver side), hence the air filter intake tube in Classic runs over the engine from left to right.
  31. A prominent logo on the sides of bonnet saying “CLASSIC" and 4x4 on both the sides of rear of body tub
  32. The diesel tank got a fancy cap which had 5 distinct circle kind of design and it was made in France
  33. The diesel tank got a fibre cover to hide from under the passenger seat in the interior
  34. Additional plastic corner covers for front and rear bumbers were made available as extra options from manufacturers
  35. The hood (soft top) had a distinct model compare to other Mahindra vehicles, the model was almost as same to the Tiger top brand of USA. It had 2 piece metal frames one is static and one is foldable with 'Y' shape. The top was also came with soft door wich is not rollable (seen in the previous mahindra models), the doors have also got zipper top portion to look like window which could be rolled down.
  36. The headlight of Mahindra Classic also got a grill which is not common in other Jeeps, it was added to the Jeep's face with 3 bolt nuts.

Allow me to take some time to post pictures for each point wherever possible to identify the Classic.


Digvijay Kumar said...

wonderful gaadi one must have.DIGVIJAI CHAUDHARY.I.P.S.

Jomy Joseph Varghese said...

Hey Shivakumar I was a great of jeeps and admire its beauty.I was wanting to buy one but was unsure how to go about it.Can you help me.You can mail me at and also if you can mail me your contact information please.

arpit said...

awesome post dude.. You just helped me from buying a fake classic.. Thanks!

rc said...

Thanks Shiv ! This article helped me to buy an original CLASSIC.

Antonio said...

Hi Shivakumar. A really wonderful blog gor Jeep lover. I have Mahindra CJ5 in Spain and I'm looking for a top for it. Where do You buy the top do you saw in the blog?. Can You help me to buy one?.
You can mail me at
Thank you