Mitsubishi Motors North America is celebrating its centennial by partnering with West Coast Customs to build a copy of its first-ever car, the 1917 Model A, using a chassis from its Outlander SUV.

Work on the brand-new centenarian is already underway at West Coast Customs’ facilities in Burbank, California, and it’s expected the Model A will be road-ready in time for a summer drive.

The rather auspicious reveal of the vehicle is set to take place on an episode of the Inside West Coast Customs TV show.

“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 Mitsubishi North America.

“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.”

West Coast Customs says it’s excited to have taken on the project.

“It is an incredibly exciting opportunity to be able to integrate the history of the original Mitsubishi Model A with the technology of current-day Mitsubishi vehicles to recreate the Mitsubishi Model A,” said West Coast Customs CEO and founder Ryan Friedlinghaus.

“Team members in every department of West Coast Customs are super excited to be involved with this build—truly a piece of automotive history.”

(Mitsubishi)