The Subaru Domingo was a slightly beefier version of the Subaru Sambar kei van. The Domingo (also called the Sumo, Libero, Combi, and Estratto depending on which market it was being sold) shared many of its components and chassis with the Sambar, but it had a larger engine that booted it from keitora (light truck in Japanese) car requirements, but allowed it to drive on the freeway at a reasonable clip and accelerate with traffic. Today’s example is not just powered by a 1.2 liter Subaru EF 3-cylinder that pushes out 66 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it is also equipped with all-wheel-drive. Find this 1993 Subaru Domingo GX AWD offered for $6,500 in Brooklyn, NY via craigslist. Tip from ME.
This next car will need some kind of introduction, because unless you are the curator of a Mazda museum…you probably don’t know what this next car is…because I was totally completely unaware of the existence of the kei-sized, JDM only, ’72-’76 Chantez…wait…we’ve featured one of these Chantezes (Chantee?? Chanteux?) before…and here it is. The exact…identical, same Chantez offered for $6000 in PA back in 2016. Yup, and four years later and it still has the same skuzzy mummy skin steering wheel wrap…find this 1974 Mazda Chantez offered for $5,900 in Tampa Bay, FL via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
It isn’t every day that you find a sweet microvan offered for a reasonable price, but we’ll feature every one we find because life is too short to driving something lame. This might not make the best trans-continental road trip car, but it’ll certainly make a good city commuter and get smiles everywhere you go. […]
Another Kei-car? Yes, that is correct, they don’t call this site DailyKeismo for NOTHING. We’ve got a reputation and a revelation to maintain. Anyway, the next precious little keitora class machine we are going to feature is from Honda Giken Kōgyō KK and you can’t beat the price. Find this 1992 Honda Beat offered for […]
Juan Pablo Augustus Pininfarina put this mighty pen to paper many times over the years to design some beautiful cars..exotics, mid-engine things and the like…but few people know that old John-Pap-Pin (as his friends in the pub called him) designed the 1991-1996 Honda Beat. Find this 1991 Honda Beat here on eBay bidding for $1300 with $3,200 buy-it-now […]
What is the cheapest mid-engined, rear-drive, car with styling by Pininfarina? I’m not sure, but the Honda Beat is certainly the smallest, if not the most affordable, car with styling by Pininfarina. Find this 1991 Honda Beat offered for $5,995 near Seattle, WA via craigslist. Tip from BuickFan. The Honda Beat is supposedly the last […]
The Japanese Kei car in basic form is barely usable on US streets a small caterpillar inching along in the slow lane, but get a turbo fancy-pants factory works edition and suddenly it becomes a beautiful butterfly darting through traffic. Find this 1990 Suzuki Alto Works Turbo offered for $7,500 somewhere in Texas via 6speedonline.com […]
This next car will cause some confusion when you tell people of your latest acquisition. I just bought a Subaru Rex. Oh nice, I had an 04 wagon, great cars but I had to replace the turbocharger twice. No, not a WRX…a Rex…like T-Rex. One of those three wheeled things? No…no, a Kei car from […]
The Daihatsu HiJet is Japanese built micro van that has been a solid entry to the Kei-truck scene since its introduction in 1960. Daihatsu was on their 7th generation by the time this Van was released into the wild, but they were still designed with city transportation requirements in mind and a top speed that […]
The Sambar is a Subaru 360 platform based mini-truck that was launched in 1961 as Japan’s first Keitora (軽トラ) or kei class truck. The 2-stroke 2-cylinder engine is mounted low and under the bed out back, making it as close to a 1/2 sized VW Bus or Chevy Corvair Truck as you can get. Find […]