1951 brought about the very first Kyung-Yeong Industries car: The Ssanvan. It came with 4 variants, Saloon, Estate, Van and Ute. The Ssanvan was good for the decade, although quite uncomfortable, it was greatly affordable, economical and a great family car. Equipped with a 1.1L inline 4 eco single barrel eco twin-carb paired to either a 2-speed automatic or 3-speed manual, it produced a whopping 42 horsepower, providing a top speed of 86mph, and a sluggish 0-62mph time of 37.8s.
Despite its lack of performance, Ssanvan was a very manageable, drivable car, with low service costs and great economy of 33.5mpg combined (26.4mpg City and 40.5mpg Motorway).
In 1953 it received an update with new radial tyres, frontal twin-leading drum brakes, and advanced safety features, the engine was further upgraded making a bit less horsepower at 41.6, but improved economy, with now a 40.4mpg combined.
It came with a choice of 6 different colours: Imperial Red, Imperial Blue, Imperial White, Light Teal, Cocoa and Midnight Black.
Kyung-Yeong Ssanvan 1.1L '53
Chassis: Steel Monocoque with Steel panels (874kg)
Drivetrain: Front Longitudinal RWD
Gearbox: 2 Gear Automatic or 3 Gear Manual
Suspension: Double Wishbone ( F ) / Semi Trailing Arm ( R ) Progressive Twin-Tube with Passive Sway Bars
Engine: Cast Iron 1.1L Inline 4 8-Valve OHC producing 42hp @ 4,900RPM & 56lb-ft 2,100RPM
Economy: 33.5mpg combined (26.4mpg City and 40.5mpg Motorway)
Performance: 0-62mph in 37.8s & 86mph top speed
Wheels: 14 inch Steel rims on radial hard tyres (P135/95R 14 92N)
Brakes: 250mm 2LS Drum front & 240mm SLS Drum rear
Exterior layout & Interior: 4 door saloon - Basic 5 Seater & No Entertainment
Price: For sale starting at 350.925krw in '53