Cool Beans: 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino

The Suzuki Cappuccino was introduced for the 1987 model year as an attempt to add some sportiness to the Suzuki lineup in native Japan. In a photograph it looks like a Mazda Miata competitor, but with a total length of only 129 inches and a 1598 lb curb weight, the Cappuccino was closer to a go-kart and it conformed to Japan’s Kei (Keijidosha light car) regulations that gave buyers a tax break and easier license/insurance requirements. The pint sized cup of Japanese coffee was never sold in North America, but a few made it across the pond and into the wilds of the US car market. Find this 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $11,000 in Clifton, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino EA11R
condition: excellent
cylinders: 3 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 34000
paint color: red
size: sub-compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: convertible

Suzuki Cappuccino, 1992 Imported 5/2017. Right Hand Drive Japanese Market Kei class. Very nice all original. Four configuration aluminum top; Hardtop. T top, Targa top or full convertible. Heated glass rear window. 54,450 kilometers, 34,031 original miles. No dents or rust. Excellent original interior. Original paint with a few small areas touched up due to being over polished until paint is thin. Paint is 8 out of 10 and presentable. Front engine rear wheel drive with 5 speed overdrive manual transmission. Dual overhead cam, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injected, turbo charged and intercooled 657cc (40 cubic inch). Empty weight 1492 lbs. Four wheel disc brake, independent suspension with multi link rear and double A arms front. Rack and pinion steering. 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Great gas millage. Electric windows, air conditioned, tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Optional “Suzuki Design” stainless door seal guards and factory floor mats with leather Cappuccino logo. Only none original parts are High Intensity Discharge headlights. Also has a aftermart spoiler, not installed but painted to match. Yokohama 165-65-14 tires on original wheels. Timing belt, alternator/water pump and air conditioner belts replaced when imported. All coolant hoses, brake hoses and brake pads replaced when imported. New battery spring 2020. I have driven it trouble free about ten thousand miles the past 4 years. In Japan these are known as “Miata Killers”. I also have a Miata and Suzuki is as comfortable, more fun and just as quick as Miata. Not getting any younger, time to let go of some toys. Might take Honda Beat of Kei truck or van in trade. Or Mazda Autozam.
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