“ELF”, a full cab-over 2-ton light-duty truck was launched in 1959 for the first time in Japan.

It looked smaller than a bonnet truck but was capable of carrying much more load.

The original model was installed with a 1.5L gasoline engine. In the following year, a diesel model with a 2L DL200 (52HP) was released.

It was the Japan’s first light-duty diesel truck with superior loading capacity, fuel efficiency and drivability. Thanks to its high market reputation, it truly established itself as the best-selling truck brand.

DL201 an upgraded engine was later released. Further improvements were made to the radiator grill and side mirrors.


Engine model DL201
Type 4-cylinder, water-cooled, in-line
Displacement 1,991 cc
Maximum output 55 PS (40 kW)
Fuel Diesel fuel
Overal length 4,690 mm
Overal width 1,690 mm
Overall height 1,990 mm
Wheelbase 2,460 mm
Complete vehicle curb weight 1,540 kg
Maximum load 2,000 kg
Riding capacity 3 people


"The best 240 automotive technologies of Japan", Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc. (1960 Model TL151)

Origin of a name

ELF, meaning a mischievous sprite, denotes agile performance and street-smart features.


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