When a beloved grandparent (or great-grandparent, for that matter) turns 100 years old, it’s the sort of occasion that we can’t help but celebrate simply because there are no age milestones quite as important as the century mark. Well, as your Mitsubishi dealer in Kansas City, MO, we here at Jeremy Franklin Mitsubishi are in the midst of celebrating the 100th birthday of Mitsubishi Motors, and as it turns out the company as a whole is enjoying the celebration by building a throwback Mitsubishi Model A, the very first automobile the company ever made.

“We’re proud to be a 100-year-old brand with a rich heritage in the automotive landscape. The Mitsubishi Model A is the vehicle that paved the way for many other unique and exciting models over the years and we’re excited to re-design it with West Coast Customs,” said Francine Harsini, senior director, marketing at MMNA. “The Mitsubishi Model A will feature all the distinctive aspects of the 1917 vehicle, but will be built on the PHEV platform and offer the latest in automotive technology.”

The 1917 Mitsubishi Model A was the first four-wheeled machine to feature the now-famous three-diamond Mitsubishi logo, and only 22 of them originally were manufactured. A quick look at the vehicle shows just how far cars have come in the last century, as it features wide-open windows, buggy wheels, and a rear cabin that looks a lot like the back end of a stagecoach.

Compared to the ultra-modern 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, this blast from the past looks pretty ancient, but that’s exactly what makes it such a fun way to celebrate the brand’s 100th birthday. It really is an important milestone in any context, and we’re thrilled to be partaking this month here at Jeremy Franklin Mitsubishi!