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  Kei-cars of the 20th Century ]

T H E  Related image   Related image  Part Two

The Minor Players )

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In Alphabetical Order :  Musashi PaddleYanmar )

The Makes:  Musashi Paddle;   N J;   Nikkei Tarō;   Nobel / Novel;   Orient;   Pilot;   Right Pony;   Smart;   Spark;   Suminoe;   Suzulight;   Tachihi;   Takeoka;   Teruyan;   Toyo Light;   Tuten;   Yamaha;   Yanase;   Yanmar.

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* * * MUSASHI  PADDLE ( ムサシ·パドルMusashi Paddle * * *

  

The 1959 Musashi Paddle 360 cc Coupé / Pickup Truck was manufactured in Tōkyō by a company which normally made 3-wheelers.  The front engined 2-seater was simple in design with clean lines and was fitted with roof and side rails as standard.

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* * * njjj NJエン·ジェー )  NJ   my42 * * *

Nippon Jidōsha Co.]

kc80 my45 ( 1954 ) NJ NJ go my44 my46

Only 85 of the model NJ nj-go ) were produced.  Being impressed by the MG logo in Britain, it was decided to call the car an NJNippon Jidōsha ).

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* * * N I K K E I   T A R Ō  ( ニッケイ·タロー )  Nikkei Tarō * * *

Nihon Jidōsha Co.]

my49 kc121 ( 1957 Nikkei Tarō kc111 kc118

The Nikkei Tarō was previously called an ‘NJ’.  It could be driven on a scooter licence, a big selling point at the time.

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* * * NŌBEL / NŌVEL ( ノーベル号 Nōberu * * *

[ Nōbel / Nōvel Automobile Co. Tōkyō ]

 

The Nōbel Nōvel was named after ‘Dr.Yukawa‘ the first doctor to get the Nobel prize in Japan.

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* * * O R I E N T  ( オリエント )  Orient * * *

 

The 1955 Orient was made at Ōsaka in the Prefecture of the same name in the Kansai region of Japan.  The shaft driven 3-wheeler 2-seater pickup truck with no doors was of simple design with handlebar steering and was very easy to drive.

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* * * P I L O T  ( パイロット )  Pilot * * *

Yamamoto Manufacturing Co. Ltd. ]

1954 Pilot 3-wheeler:    ( air-cooled OHV single 220cc 5.5hp )

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* * * R I G H T   P O N Y  ( ライト·ポニー )  Right Pony * * *

Koei Kōgyō Co. Ltd. ]

1951 Right Pony  ( 1952 SV single 148cc

1953 )  Right Pony   ( 1954 200 cc 

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* * *  スマート )  * * *

Daimler AG ]

 The 598cc Smart K 

Smart offered a kei version of its Fortwo called the Smart K in Japan at Yanase dealerships from 2001-2004, with specially developed rear fenders, reduced tyre dimensions and track width, in order to conform to the current kei-car standards at the time.

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* * * S P A R K  ( スパーク )  Spark * * *

Nippon Tokushu Togyō Co. Ltd. ]

1954 Spark 3-wheeler ( air-cooled SV single 249cc 9.0hp )

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* * * kc122  SUMINOE  スミノエ )  Suminoe  kc123 * * *

Suminoe Manufacturing ]

Mr Katayamakc124  ( aka Mr. K )

The ‘Flying Feather‘ was conceived by ‘Yutaka Katayama‘ and designed by ‘Ryuichi Tomiya‘ in the late 1940’s.

 kc125 kc132 ( 1955 Suminoe Flying Feather FF-2 kc126 kc131

Mr. Katayama had a dream from childhood to build a very light weight car, mostly out of motorcycle parts.  It was to have a combination of good performance and economy ( air-cooled, 12.5 HP, 2-cylinder ), rather like ‘a gull in flight‘, hence the name,‘Flying Feather‘.  It is the predecessor of the modern kei-car.

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* * * Related image  SUZULIGHT ( スズライト )  Suzulight  Related image * * *

Suzuki Motor Corporation ]

kc146 kc147 ( 1955 – 1969 SuzulightSseries kc148 kc149

The 1955 Suzulight Sedan was the first production car to be made by Suzuki.

 ( 1964 – 1969 Suzulight Carry Generations 1 & 2 1964 Suzuki Carry-Van 01.jpg SuzukiCarry2nd.jpg

Suzulight Carry trucks & vans were the first to use the Carry name and are still in use today.

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* * * T A C H I H I  ( タチひ )  Tachihi * * *

Tachihi Kōgyō Co. Ltd. ]

Takeoka1950 Tachihi TR6:    ( SV single 148cc 3.1hp 3-passenger )

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* * * T A K E O K A  ( タケオかTakeoka * * *

Takeoka Motor Industrial Art タケオか 自動車 工芸 ) takeoka-jidōsha-kōgei ]

Takeoka Abbey Type I   The  Takeoka  Abbey  Type 1   Takeoka Abbey Type I

Takeoka Abbey Type ITakeoka Abbey Type ITakeoka Abbey Type ITakeoka Abbey Type ITakeoka Abbey Type I

The popularity of the Takeoka Abbey started with the rare 3-wheeler Abbey Type I. It was equipped with a 50cc Honda AB-07 engine and single headlight.  The top speed was about 45 – 50 kph ( 28 – 31 mph).  It had a motorcycle type handlebar with all the controls instead of a steering wheel and a speedometer was the only gauge.

Takeoka T10 / T10G   The  Takeoka  10 / 10G   Takeoka T10 / T10G

Takeoka 10 ( EV ): Takeoka T10 / T10G Takeoka T10 / T10G & the 10G ( 50cc ): Takeoka T10 / T10G

The Takeoka  アビー  Abbey Carrot

   アビー

 The Takeoka Abbey Carrot is powered by a Yamaha 50cc engine rated at 3.3 kW ( 4.5 ps ) @ 8,000 rpm and has a top speed of 54 kph ( 33.5 mph ).

Dimensions: 2,150 x 1,140 x 1,350 mm;  Weight: 160 kg;  Fuel tank capacity: 4.4 litres;

  It is available with either conventional round or handlebar steering.  Some versions are fitted with electric motors.  Prices start from ¥828,360 ( £5,400 ).

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* * * T E R U Y A N  ( テルヤン )  Teruyan * * *

  

After 5 years of research, the 1954 Teruyan SK-36 Coupé / Pickup came to fruition.  It was manufactured at Shinagawa-ku in Tōkyō.  The 360cc Coupé weighed in at 350kgs and the power output was 13.6 ps @ 6,000 rpm.  The suspension was coil sprung and the top speed was 80 kph50 mph ).

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* * * T O Y O   L I G H T  ( トヨ·ライト )  Toyo Light * * *

Toyomotors Co. Ltd. ]

1953 Toyo Light:    ( air-cooled 2-stroke single 88.4cc 3.0hp )

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* * * T U T E N  ( ツーテン )  Tuten * * *

Aichi Toyomotor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. ]

1954 Tuten 3-wheeler ( air-cooled  OHV  single  208cc  7.2hp )

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* * *   ヤマハ )  Yamaha  Related image * * *

[ The Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. ]

cus27  cus29

1997 Yamaha Ami ( YM Mobilemates Ferrari F40 !!   

YM Mobilemates, a branch of the Yamaha Motor Company, announced the production of the Ami, with a Ferrari F40 inspired design.  The Ami was actually a Daihatsu Opti variant with a dummy mid-engine design body.  It came with the same engine as the Opti’s SOHC or DOHC 12-valve 55 bhp engine.

Related image ( 1982 Yamaha PTX-1 commuter car 50cc single seater Image result for yamaha ptx-1

The Yamaha PTX-1 was shown at the 1983 Tōkyō Motor Show.

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* * * YANASE  ヤナセ 簗瀬 Yanase * * *

Yanase Motor Company ]

Related image ( 1957 Yanase YX360 coupé  芦ノ湖畔に停車中のヤナセYX360(1957年)/ボディはすべて板金職人による叩き出し

The Yanase YX360, 2-cylinder 360cc was a 2-door 4-seater kei-car with smooth rounded coupé styling.

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* * * YANMAR  ヤンマ- Yanmar * * *

Yanmar Motor Co. ]

        The Yanmar Co.    249cc Diesel Engine

The engine could be used indépendently of the truck by farmers out in the fields.

1958 – 1959 Yanmar KT DieselYanmar6 ( pickup truck )

1960 Yanmar KTY 356cc PonyYanmar5  Image result for 1958 yanmar kt diesel ( cab-over design )

The 356cc OHV air-cooled V-twin diesel engine was now positioned just behind the cab and produced 9 hp @ 3,600 rpm.

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