“Daihatsu Midget l&ll”
[ The Daihatsu Midget I & II ]
(昭和32-47年 ダイハツ ·ミゼット製造 336,534)
2nd Generation (1996-2002)
(平成8-14年 ダイハツ· ミゼット)
Daihatsu is the oldest of all the Japanese car manufacturers. The first Midget the DKA was classed as an “Autorickshaw” and was first produced in 1957. It was a single seater 3-wheeler with a doorless cab and handlebar steering. The 250cc (ZA) engine was an air-cooled single cylinder 2-stroke, producing 8PS (6kW).
1957-59 DKA & DSV:
In August 1959 it was replaced by the more comfortable DSA which had doors and a more powerful 10PS (7kW) version of the ZA engine. There was also a rare 2-seater version the DSAP, with the passenger seat off-set to the left behind the driver. This required a longer passenger compartment which encroached on the cargo area. There was also a DSV panel van version.
1959-61 DSV: DSAP:
The MP series was introduced in October 1959, in the form of the MP2 with updated features, such as a steering wheel, doors and seating for two. This model had been on sale in America since April 1959 as the MPA, although it was marketed as the Daihatsu Trimobile. Companies such as Boeing and Lockheed used them in their plants due to their small size and agility. However, being 80kg heavier than previous models, it was somewhat sluggish. The DSA and the MP versions were built alongside each other into to the early 60’s. There was a panel van version of both types.
1959-60 MP2: 1961 MP3:
MP3 Safari: MP3 Bulldog:
Revisions to the MP design were soon made resulting in the MP3, which had the larger 305cc ZD engine, producing 12PS (9kW). In May 1960, the 200 mm (7.9″) longer MP4 arrived, featuring roll up door windows. In August 1961 the doors were modified to incorporate a triangular window vent and a chromed side strip.
In September 1962, the final version the MP5 arrived, somewhat larger than the MP4 with a maximum length of 2,970 mm (117″),with cargo space increased by 100 mm (3.9″) to a total of 1,260 mm (50″). Nearly all the body panels were altered in some way, with new marker lights installed, redesigned doors, a blunter and more rounded front, bigger vent openings in front of the doors leading edge and finally a solid metal roof instead of the previous fabric type. The MP5 also gained more chrome trim around the headlamps and elsewhere. April 1963 saw the introduction of automatic oil mixing for the 2-stroke engine. In August 1969 new safety regulations required certain lighting changes, including a drivers side headrest and seat belts.
1960-62 MP4: 1962-72 MP5:
The MP5 remained in production until December 1971, with sales stopping in 1972. By 1972, over 336,500 units had been sold. Production terminated due to the demand for more modern 4-wheelers. The Midget has been sold outside Japan mainly in East Asia (India, Pakistan, Indonesia & Thailand) and they are still being made today by other manufacturers.
The 2nd Generation Daihatsu Midget was produced from 1996-2002. It is now a 660cc 4-wheel kei-car, available with optional 4-wheel drive and air-conditioning.
1996-99 V-K 100P B type: V-K 100P C Van:
V-K 100P D type: V-K 100P R type:
The Midget ll was introduced as a concept at the 1993 Tōkyō Motor Show. There are two types of engine avaiable, differentiated by the type of injection, one being electronic. The EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) version is shorter in length by 75 mm (2.95″). They are available as a one or two seater, with manual or automatic transmissions. The spare tyre is unusually mounted on the front like some of the old VW vans.
1999-2001 GD-K100P B type: GD-K100P D type:
The “Daihatsu Midget l & ll” in Computer Games :
’98 Yoot Tower (1998): Choro Q Park (’98): Knuckle Bash (’93): Metal Slug 2 (’98): ’98 Gran Turismo 2 (’99): Knuckle Bash 2 (’99): Metal Slug X (’99): Choro Q Advance (Gadget Racers/Penny Racers) (2001): GT Advance Championship Racing (’01): Choro Q Advance 2 (Road Trip: Shifting Gears/Gadget Racers) (’02): Choro Q HG4 (choro Q) (’03): GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing (’03): Devastation (’03): GT Cube (GT Pro Series) (’03): ’98 Gran Turismo 4 (’04): Gran Turismo 4 (’04): Kaido Battle : Touge no Densetsu (Tokyo Extreme Racer: Drift 2) (’05): Destroy All Humans! 2 (’06): GT Pro Series (’06): ’98 Gran Turismo (’09): ’98 Gran Turismo 5 (’10): Cities in Motion (’11): Mario Kart 7 (’11): Gran Turismo 6 (’13): Switchcars (’16):