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!
I saw this next can and a little earworm immediately jumped into my head. And her name is G…L…O…R…IiiiiA…GLORIA…I wanna shout it ev’ry night (GLORIA!). Oh man. If I owned this car, I don’t think the cassette player would have anything other than Van Morrison’s single GLORIA stuck on repeat 24-7 at top volume. Makin’ me feel so good, huh, Make me feel all right, huh! I don’t think my wife or kids would want to ride in this car with me…mmmm…that’s just a bonus, I guess. Find this 1995 Nissan Gloria Gran Turismo bidding for $4000 on cars&bids with a few hours to go.
Happy Pi Day to all the true Pi-day adherents, I won’t get started on those wacky Pi-approximatists who celebrate on July 22 (heathens & heretics the lot of them!!), but I will explain what this next car has to do with 3.14. There is an expression about being American as apple pie, so I have to assume that there is an equivalent expression about something being as Japanese as a pie. Probably not apple pie, in fact the pie is probably fish flavored or one of those delicious okonomiyaki pancakes…so this next car is as Japanese as okonomiyaki. Which is essentially pie…a synonym for pi…wait I don’t have to justify myself to you non-pi day plebeians…I’m going to go eat some pi…or…err…pie now. Find this 1995 Mitsubishi FTO GPX offered for $8950 in Bend, OR via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
This next Previa looks so familiar at first glance, but falls apart under scrutiny. What’s up with those headlights? Is that wing stock? Why is it so narrow and skinny? Why are the bumpers so trim and tight to the body? Why does it have a postal truck backup mirror and a bumper mounted parking pole? The engine starts with the glack-glack sound of a turbo diesel 4-cylinder? White curtains and seat cover doilies? But the steering wheel on the right side is what gives it away — this is a sweet Japanese Domestic Market version of the Previa, known as the Estima Lucida and it comes with Lexus rims, a 3C 2.2 liter turbo-diesel, 4-wheel-drive and a manual gearbox. Looks like fun. Find this 1993 Toyota Estima Lucida offered for $13,890 in Canton, GA via eBay.