Rebuilt motor, new batteries, runs and looks good. serial number 1356. Everything on this machine is 100% operational including the horn, wipers, lighting and the important oil temperature and oil pressure warning lights. [9] The M422 had a tiny 65-inch (1,700 mm) wheelbase. I have talked with several people. From 1959 to 1962, the Mighty Mite was built by American Motors for the United States Marine Corps. serial number 1356. is the earliest known A1 model in existence. [3] Over the years, the vehicle was produced in two model versions: the M422 and M422A1. *Top Bows and canvas top*New brake components*New wiring harness*Clean State of Ohio Title * *Vehicle is Posted on Several Sites and may be sold without notice* *Questions text seven 4 0. four seven 5. seven 3 7 two ask for Mike! After production of 1,045 units, the Mighty Mite evolved into the M422A1, six inches (152 mm) longer in both wheelbase and length, and 80 pounds (36 kg) heavier. Rebuilt motor, new batteries, runs and looks good. The bullet in the Mite’s chamber was one of its most unusual features: an aluminum, air-cooled, 107.8-cu.in., 55-hp V-4 engine built by American Motors and used exclusively in the Mite. Once put into production the 71" wheelbase model was designated the M422A1. Shipping available anywhere for additional cost. The body, too, was fabricated from aluminum, which helped the Mite tip the scales at less than 1,800 pounds. See my other auction for a 1963 Mighty MiteVehicle sold as is. The seller is asking $15,000 for this tough Marine. Only about 1000 of the M422 were built in 1961, and about 1200 M422a1 (about 12 inches longer) were built in 1962. Mighty Mites were viewed as disposable surplus trucklets after the Vietnam War ended, but their charming looks and relative scarcity have grown on military collectors, driving prices gradually upward over the years. The Marine Corps' Sikorsky H-19 with its 2,650-pound (1,202 kg) cargo limit (including crew and fuel), for which the M422 had been developed, was being superseded by the Vietnam era UH-1 “Huey", that could carry more than 1½ times that load. The vehicle's spinning wheels provided propulsion and steering in the water.[8]. 1961 AMC M422 Mighty Mite, Vietnam Era Military Vehicle, M422 Mighty Mite made by American Motors. [6] Also, the M422 was rated to carry 850 lb (390 kg) off road, while all other standard GI 1/4 ton vehicles (even the M151) were rated at 800 lb (363 kg). Rebuilt motor, new batteries, runs and looks good. The M422 'Mighty Mite' is a light weight ¼-ton 4x4 tactical truck, suitable for airlifting and manhandling. After production of 1,045 units, the Mighty Mite evolved into the M422A1, six inches (152 mm) longer in both wheelbase and length, and 80 pounds (36 kg) heavier. Turtle Top Odyssey on Chevy C5500 chassis (11), 3 STALL LUXURY MOBILE RESTROOM TRAILER (11), Jeep Wrangler Black Unlimited Sport 4D 4x4 (2008). 1961 M422 Mighty Mite Serial # 1286 ESTATE FIND! !1961 M422 Military Mighty Mite #1286 (04-14-61) 14,900 actual miles Excellent Restorable Condition! Over the years, the vehicle was produced in two model versions: the M422 and M422A1. Own an Authentic Historical Conversation Piece! (Early prototypes are said to have been powered by Porsche engines, but off-shore components wouldn’t fly with Uncle Sam.) At over US$5,000 per unit, it was relatively expensive,[10] and by the time the Mite went into full production, the military's helicopters had become so much more powerful that the vehicle quickly became obsolete. Today, it’s likely to be the darling of your local Veterans Day parade, but this 1961 AMC M422 Mighty Mite, for sale on Hemmings.com, was built to be the Walther PPK of general-purpose, four-wheel-drive military rigs: elegantly simple, lightweight and easy to conceal. Condition: Used: Model Year: 1961: Make: Jeep: Bremen, Ohio, United States. possibly one of the first 10. Own an Authentic Historical Conversation Piece! Fierce. [1], The vehicle was originally prototyped starting in 1946, making it the first all-new Jeep to be designed for the U.S. military after World War II, and further developed during the 1950s by a team including four of the original Bantam engineers. and this Mite. I was told by another source that the M422A1 serial numbers started at 1350. so if this is true. That’s a pretty friendly looking face for being such a rugged little 4×4. overall weight. Air-Cooled 102" Motor 52 BHP … The air-cooled 107.8 cu in (1.8 L) developed 52 bhp (39 kW) and 90 lb⋅ft (122 N⋅m) of torque, which propelled it to a top speed of 65 miles per hour (108 km/h), with a 55-mile-per-hour (89 km/h) military rating. Beyoncé makes history. Garage stored for 18 yrs. 1961, V-4 air-cooled, water-proof ignition, independent suspension, aluminum body, 1,700 lbs. Either model could be fitted with rear-mounted spare tire and a sturdier windshield similar to the Willys M38A1 that, along with top bows, would facilitate the use of a canvas winter top. You will be hard pressed to find a Mighty Mite that has had this amount of comprehensive service done to it at a comparable price. These units went into mass production in 1960 and AMC built 3,922 Mighty Mites through 1962 for the U.S. Marine Corps. Although the vehicle was to be used only by the U.S. Marine Corps, and it was therefore clear from the beginning that production numbers would remain limited, the vehicle was extensively engineered and incorporated many innovations. 11/1/18 1961 AMC Mighty Mite M422A1 Located in MN. [7] In its early development stage the Marines developed a lightweight flotation kit that could easily be stored on the M442 when not in need, in which four large tubes inflated by exhaust encompassed the bottom part of the frame that allowed the vehicle to swim deeper waters. They had an extended, frame and aluminum added behind the seat and crudely fashioned tool storage boxes. !1961 M422 Military Mighty Mite #1286 (04-14-61) 14,900 actual miles Excellent Restorable Condition! This model was the … These factors may account for the small production total, as well as the short production time period. The first Mighty Mites to have the 71" wheelbase were an experimental model fashioned from an M422. Savage. Leaks oil on left side of engine, I am not a mechanic, so I don’t know what the cause is, could be gasket or loose bolt? overall weight. This little jeep is about 2/3rds the size of a regular jeep, and being made of aluminum, it weighs about 1000 pounds. At 1,700 pounds (771 kg), it is the lightest of the U.S. military trucks to date. Garage stored for 18 yrs. And if needed, there was even a version of the M416 trailer specially adapted for towing by an M422: the M416B1. Military Novelty: 1961 AMC Mighty Mite Jeff Lavery When it comes to over-engineering, military vehicles are a good place to look for vehicles that may be crude in appearance but have had everything thrown at them from a component standpoint. Garage stored for 18 yrs. It’s also said that the Marines appreciated the Mite’s ride, which came courtesy of four-wheel independent suspension sprung by quarter-elliptic leaves. As with the M151, the transfer case only engages/disengages the front wheel drive and is part of the transmission. Among the M422's many other unique features were front and rear limited-slip differentials, inboard differential mounted drum brakes, center-point steering, and the aluminum "AMC AV-108-4" V4 engine developed by American Motors. From the seller’s description: 1961 AMC M422 Mighty Mite, Vietnam Era Military Vehicle, M422 Mighty Mite made by American Motors. 1961, V-4 air-cooled, water-proof ignition, independent suspension, aluminum body, 1,700 lbs.