Ristretto Shot: 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino Turbo RHD

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.  The Cino 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 Turbo offered for $5495 in Portland, OR via craigslist.

From the seller:

1992 Suzuki Cappuccino 

VIN: EA11R-106211 

condition: good 

cylinders: 3 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 37441 

paint color: red 

size: sub-compact 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: convertible 

This 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino is a rear-wheel drive Kei-class roadster finished in Bright Red with a Black leather interior. The car is equipped with a turbocharged 657cc inline-three paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, and additional features include a configurable targa roof and Black painted stock wheels with decent tires. This Cappuccino is sold with a set of roof panel bags and a clean Washington title in my name.

Factory roof panels can be removed in targa or roadster configurations, and original-style stowage bags are included. Stock black painted 14″ wheels are equipped with new 165/60 tires, and a steel spare is shown secured in the trunk alongside a jack. The car measures 129.7″ long and 54.9″ wide in compliance with 1990-1998 Kei regulations, while weight is reportedly 725 kilograms (~1600 pounds).

Interior features include power windows and air conditioning. Heat and air work but AC needs a charge. A minimalist dash layout includes a tachometer with an 8500 rpm redline. Approximately 60,256 kilometers (37,441 miles) are shown on the 5-digit odometer, witch was verified in Japan. A full safety roll bar is installed. Interior shows normal wear for a vehicle of it’s age, dash cover is in place, no stereo. Custom steering wheel is installed. 

Body is in decent shape overall with glossy paint. There are rust bubbles and soft spots on right rear quarter panel and a soft spot / hole is on the left front fender covered by an STP sticker. Car looks super good from 10+ feet. The underside of the chassis shows surface corrosion around pinch welds & other areas. Detailed photos are included in the gallery below. 

Engine is very strong with no smoke or unusual noises, no major leaks of any kind. Oil was changed right before I picked the car up. Transmission will need some attention as it is hard to downshift into 2nd & 1st gears without double clutching (apparently a common problem) driveshaft u-joint is bad and will need to be replaced (vibrates under pressure) Drives down the road straight & handles good. 

Overall a real fun car at a very fair price. See detailed pics and call with any questions you may have.  

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