Japanese Diminutive Market: 1991 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 MX-5 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.  Find this 1991 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $8,809 FOB via tradecarview.com.  Tip from FuelTruck.

TradeCarView is a website that claims to allow US buyers to buy JDM cars and help import them into the US with ease.  I’ve never used their services (or any other importer) so I can’t say for certain what they offer versus the competition, but if you can really get a Suzuki Cappuccino for about $9k FOB (freight on board) delivered to the US, it certainly sounds like a good deal.

The Cappuccino uses a 657cc DOHC inline-3 (to conform with Japanese Kei car standards) that is turbocharged to produce 63 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox.  The sub 1-liter powerplant is going to feel overwhelmed in US traffic, but like fun trying to keep up.

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