The original Daihatsu Midget was a peculiar 3-wheeled, single-seat “mini-truck” resembling a fusion of French, Polish, and Neptunian design language. Mercifully, it was discontinued in 1972, as the realization dawned that cars should ideally accommodate at least two, if not four, passengers. Fast forward to 1996, Daihatsu reintroduced the Midget, this time with four wheels…or […]
This next car comes as a tip from John W who writes: The air scoop makes this van. This van would induce swooning and fainting in the Home Depot parking lot. Camper van? Food truck? Frequently used as a catchy mobile dentistry van in Japan. Find this 1991 Daihatsu Mira Walk Thru Van bidding for […]
The Daihatsu Midget, although not the pioneer in three-wheeled motorscooters (that title goes to the Piaggio Ape), made its mark in Southeast Asia as the iconic Tuk-Tuk in the late 1950s. These nimble vehicles took the region by storm, weaving through bustling streets and tight alleys, becoming a symbol of urban mobility. Unfortunately, North America […]
The Daihatsu HiJet is Japanese built micro truck (and van) that has been a solid entry to the Kei-truck scene since its introduction in 1960. Daihatsu was on their 7th generation of the little 3-cylinder powered city-Truck by the time today’s example was released into the wild, but they were still designed with city transportation […]
The original Daihatsu Midget was a 3-wheeled single seat “min-truck” that looked like something designed by the French and built by the Polish, but was discontinued in 1972 when people figured out that cars should carry at least 2 people, maybe even 4. Anyway, in 1996 the guys at Daihatsu had forgotten about their family […]
I’ve secretly wanted one of these Daihatsu HiJets for years, but I’ve been put off by two things — first is I don’t want the difficultly of right hand drive and secondly, I don’t want over-hyped hipster pricing. Thankfully, this next HiJet has neither of those undesirable attributes and looks ready for death defying freeway jaunts or hauling home a load of groceries from Costco. Find this 1995 Daihatsu HiJet offered for $4,300 in Hesperia, CA via craigslist.
The Daihatsu Motor Company was originally founded in 1907 as the Hatsudoki Seizo Co., and it is Japan’s oldest automaker, but it certainly isn’t the most famous or successful here in the United States. For a few years Daihatsu tried to tap into the North American auto game, but they were unsuccessful, no doubt partly due to the fact that buyers/sellers couldn’t spell their name. If the Daihatsu Motor Company is good enough to be owned by the Toyota Motor Corp, then a Rocky is good enough to be owned by you. Find this 1991 Daihatsu Rocky 4X4 offered for $6,800 in Willow Glen, CA via craigslist.
Are you trying to decide if you next car should have 2 cylinders or 4 cylinders? Perhaps you want the frugal fuel economy that only 2 cylinders can provide, but the smooth and refined sounds of a 4-cylinder. Or maybe you want some of the 4-cylinder horsepower, but mixed with the 2-cylinder maintenance costs (2 spark plugs, 2 intake valves…everything costs 1/2 as much)…but you can’t decide. Then you get a 3-cylinder engine, because now you get all of the thrashy noises associated with a un-even number of cylinders combined with a hamster-pulling-a-boulder-up-a-hill acceleration. Find this 1992 Daihatsu Charade offered for $3,500 in Groveland, FL via headcrash wreckingbook. Tip from David.
This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: Facebook Marketplace find that popped up: A rather unusual mud toy even by Cartersville, Georgia standards. Indeed, this isn’t your grandfather’s Daihatsu. This thing has been lifted three inches and rides on Mattracks — which means it will go as far as you are willing to deal with the inevitable failures associated with replacing the wheel with about 47 different mechanisms. I’m not saying it won’t be fun…but just watch the Grand Tour when they went to Madagascar. Find this 1996 Daihatsu Hijet offered for $12,500 in Cartersville, GA via facetrack marketank.
The asking price for this next pile of parts seems a bit high, but I still like it. Does that make me insane? Is the sun really yellow? Find this 1990 Daihatsu Hijet offered for $6,900 in Houston, TX via craigslist. Tip from Jeff. The Daihatsu HiJet is Japanese built micro van that has been a […]