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K|C|F is the Fanzine for Kei Classics & Sports  Cars & Trucks, old & new )

安全な 旅行     Drive safely !!

(belowThe Ultimate kei-car? – The Honda S660 Mugen  Yes !!!

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The mid-engined, 2015 Honda S660 targa topped roadster takes the kei-car genre to new heights.  At around ¥1,917,707£12,000 ) for the standard model, the ‘Mugen‘ style and tuning parts can lift this figure to around ¥3,355,987£21,000 ) !!

The transverse mid-engined, rear-wheel drive 3-cylinder 660cc motor pushes out 47kW63hp ) with 104Nm77 lb ft ) of torque and uses either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT with paddle-shift and has a limited top speed of 140 kph87 mph ).

A far cry from the SuminoeF l y i n g  F e a t h e rof  1955 . . .

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. . . with  350cc / 2-cyl / 12.5 bhp & 60 kph37 mph !!

O r   t h e  . . .

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( 1958 ) Yanmar KT pickupthe only diesel engined kei truck !!

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#3     The  1960 – 1966  Mazda  R360  Coupé  !!

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When the kei-car regulations came into force in the 1960’s, manufacturers of the day were in a race to supply the latest utilitarian vehicles to an eager public but not so Mazda !!  To the surprise of just about everyone, Mazda came up with the beautifully designed R360 Coupé.

   Kenichi Yamamoto ( 1922 – 2017 )  & the  R360 engine  

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Spearheaded by Kenichi Yamamoto, father of the Mazda rotary engine, the R360 4-stroke engine was unique at the time when all other kei-cars were 2-strokes.  The rear-mounted air-cooled aluminium V-twin engine along with other weight saving measures made for a very lightweight car of only 870 lbs.  Performance was only a meagre 16 hp but in such a light car it was considered quite adequate for the time with a top speed of 45 mph.  Sales went through the roof, taking a 64.8 percent of Japan’s private car market at its peak.

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&  take  a  look  at  our  series  on . . .

WORLD  Image result for world  MICRO’s

[ A look into micro-cars from around the world  – enjoy !! ]

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[ P A R T  3 ]

( 1947 – 1951 )   Coronet  ( British Azani 328cc )   Related image Related image

1952 – 1954 EEC Workers PlaytimeExcelsior 250cc )   Related image

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[ P A R T  4 ]

1958 – 1960 )  Gill Getabout  ( British Anzani 322cc )  Related image 

1955 ) JARC MotorsLittle Horse” ( Excelsior 250cc 

1956 – 1959 )   Opperman Unicar  ( Excelsior 328cc )   Related image

1955 – 1957 ) Powerdrive ( Anzani 322ccThumbnail for version as of 18:34, 25 May 2015  

S e e   m o r e   i n:   “World Micro’s

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E v e r y   M o n t h . . .

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M i c r o ‘ s   &   M i n i  – M o t o ‘ s

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( Japanese micro-cars up to 660cc & mini-moto’s up to 50cc !! )

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Plus interesting facts & snippets of the period ]

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(No 17)   1 9 8 2   ( 昭和 57 )

  The Delorian Motor Co goes into receivership . . .

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(No 18)   1 9 8 6   ( 昭和 61 )

You’re Under Arrest ]

The film Taiho Shichauzo (逮捕しちゃうぞ) ‘Your Under Arrest !!‘ is a popular Anime and Manga series.  The police car carries a Honda Motocompo fold-up moto in the boot, driven by police girls Natsumi and Miyuki.

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Despite being dubbed into English, the original anime series was never a commercial success.  However, there was enough interest in the series in the Japanese market to relaunch a new season called ‘You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle‘ in 2007.

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1985 Honda Today    The original version.

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