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[ Japanese   M I C R O – C A R S   ‘kei – cars ]

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                         It’s  Kei-tastic  !!

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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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The  1997  Y a m a h a   A m i !!

No, it’s not a keyboard it’s a kei-car with a difference !!

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The Yamaha Motor Company Ltd. ( ヤマハ 発動機 株式 会社 ) yamaha-hatsudōki-kabushiki-gaisha.

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The 1997 Yamaha Mobilemates Ami is not a Ferrari F40, but a heavily modified Daihatsu Opti.  The doors and front bumper are standard Opti, but the arched roof and rear end with dummy air intakes and a huge spoiler are the stand out bits.  The Daihatsu 659cc DOHC 12-valve 55 HP engine fell somewhat short of the F40’s 2,936cc 471 HP !!

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YM Mobilemates, is a branch of the Yamaha Motor Company.  The initial manufacturing target was 600 cars, but only 3 cars were actually ordered, making it one of the rarest kei-cars ever.  This was mainly due to the astronomical cost of ¥2,545,000 (over £17,000), which equated to the cost of 3 normal kei-cars at the time !!  The odd looks may also have had something to do with it !!  The Ami was only sold in the Tōkyō area via an event ticket supplier called ‘Ticket Pia‘.

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How about . . .   Daihatsu Naked;    Daihatsu Opti Aerodown Beex;    Honda N-Box Slash;    Honda Life Dunk;    Honda That’s;    Honda Vamos Hobio Dog;    Mitsubishi Lettuce;    Mazda Carol Me Lady;    Mitsubishi MUM 500 Shall We Join Us ?;    Nissan Dayz Roox;    Nissan Teatro for Dayz !!

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Suzuki deserves special mention for the :   Suzuki Alto Beam;    Suzuki Every Joy Pop Turbo;    the Alto l’Èpo P2;

Alto With;    the  Alto Works Turbo F Limited ie/s  !!

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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  1 ]

(1953 – 1958AC Petite/Invacar (175/346ccRelated image Thumbnail for version as of 19:06, 25 December 2012 Thumbnail for version as of 22:36, 11 March 2012

(1953 – 1955Allard Clipper (Villiers 346ccThumbnail for version as of 23:02, 8 July 2013 Image result for Allard Clipper microcar

(1954 – 1959Astra Little Horse Utility (Anzani 322ccRelated image  Related image

(1956 – 1960Berkeley Sports /T60 (322/328/492/692ccThumbnail for version as of 17:59, 16 April 2009 Thumbnail for version as of 12:59, 26 June 2010 Thumbnail for version as of 10:11, 25 October 2008

[ P A R T  2 ]

(1949 – 1966) Bond Minicar (Villiers 122/247ccThumbnail for version as of 15:23, 22 September 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 14:52, 22 September 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 15:08, 22 September 2011

(1958 – 1960BSA Ladybird ( Sunbeam 250ccImage result for BSA Ladybird microcar 

(1961 – 1969) Colliday Chariot 50/Commuter 350 (BSA 49/348ccImage result for Colliday Chariot microcar

(1947 – 1951)  Cooper 500 (JAP/Triumph 500ccRelated image Image result for cooper 500cc race cars

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 15)   1 9 7 9   (昭和 54)

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  The Subaru Rex 550cc is launched  

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(No 16)   1 9 8 0   (昭和 55)

1987 Audi Quattro (Irish) (14364714347).jpg  The 4WD Audi Quattro is released in West Germany . . .

. . . & Paul McCartney is arrested entering Japan  Image result for 1980 paul mcCartney

cc83  The Daihatsu Hijet 5G is launched  

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See more here in :  “Micro’s & Moto’s

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. . . and finally what does Jeremy Clarkson think of kei-cars ?

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[ A Note from Steve ‘A ]

  

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