The 90s must have been a strange time to be a Japanese car designer. The biggest consumers of their car’s were Americans, so they spent most of their time designing stuff that would be palatable to the Wonderbread and Velveeta crowd. But then they also had to product cars for their home market, which was […]
What do you get when you put faux wood siding on the sides of a Y30 generation Nissan Gloria? I’m not sure, but what I am sure is that this is as close as you can get to a Japanese made Buick that you’ll ever see. Although the seller lists it as a 1992 model […]
The JDM Nissan posted early today was just the first shot of Tokyo Tuesday, so we’ve got another JDM special coming at you. YES, this is a Toyota Granvia. A HiAce based semi-bonneted van with a sweet rotating passenger seat that allows easy access for belting/unbelting the kids, or you can even lower it out […]
I’ve got a pretty broad understanding of the automotive world, but this next car caught me of balance. It isn’t often that I see a car and think…what am I looking at? At least not a “factory” car, which you could argue that Mitsuoka Motor Co Ltd is almost an OEM. They have a website, […]
Today’s next Honda City isn’t the fender flare equipped 108 horsepower Turbo II version or even the regular 99 horsepower Turbo version…nope, it is a base model City. That means you get 60 horsepower from the 1.2 liter inline-4 and 0-60mph in about 13 seconds. Slow…yes…not non-turbo diesel Mercedes slow, but slow enough that you […]
I’ve never seen a Nissan Avenir before and to be honest, I don’t think I knew they existed. It is a JDM only piece of Nissan history that is based on the 2nd generation Nissan Prairie platform. Today’s Avenir Salut is powered by an SR20DET which puts that power to all four wheels. This is […]
If you missed your opportunity to buy that $150k collection of 20 grey-market JDM cars that had been impounded by the kind folks at US Customs & Border Protection, then perhaps you can drive a car that won’t make them chase you down like you just paddled across the Rio Grande on a piñata filled […]
This next tip comes from David who writes: Ach zo! – hey you need to lay ocular orbs on this Nippon spacecraft: I lived in a Japanese town once upon a time known for its retired Yakuza (look for the missing pinkie finger) and a burgeoning subculture of Bosozoku numbnuts who liked to ride around in motorcycle gangs and block the roundabouts. Oh the stories I could tell. Anyway, this van was very much the style of the Yakuza’s son or wealthy Bosozoku who wanted to flex. As I cycled through the photos I had no idea that there was a door to a WC … Find this 1993 Toyota HiAce offered for $14,850 in Oldsmar, FL via facebonzai marketzuck.
he 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!
The Honda Beat might not be the first car styled by Pininfarina to be featured on Daily Turismo…in fact, it is the second Pinin car featured today, but it does have the dubious crown of being the smallest car to ever come from the legendary Turin based design house (at just under 11 feet long). Today’s Beat is covered with some crazy looking anime wrap, but it can be removed to expose decent looking red paint. Find this 1991 Honda Beat offered for $9,999 in Pittsburg, PA via craiglist. Tip from Rock On!