sam1 Spotlight on…

The 360cc Era (1949 – 1975)

Since world War Two, engine sizes have changed 3 times.  With the 1955 change to 360 cc as the upper limit for 2-strokes, as well as 4-strokes, the kei-class really began to take off, with cars from Suzuki (Suzulight) and then the Subaru 360, the first mass produced kei car, finally able to fill the people’s need for basic transportation without being too severely compromised.

m6  (ダイハツ) Daihatsu

   cc65  cc67  cc66

  Fellow 360 (’70)    Fellow Max TL (’72)    Fellow Max HT (’73)

cc68  cc109  cc112  cc110  cc111

The 1970 (only) Daihatsu Fellow Buggy.  Only about 100 examples were manufactured which used fibre-reinforced plastic bodywork in its construction.  It was not actually a “Fellow“, as it was built on a Hijet chassis and it also used the Hijet’s lower powered (26 PS / 19 kW) engine, which provided a top speed of 95 km/h (59 mph).

 cc78   cc77   cc79   cc80

Hijet (’63 & ’64)   Hijet (’65)         Hijet (’68)          Hijet (’71)

m15  (ホンダ / 本田) Honda

 1969 Honda N360 01.jpg      HondaT360.JPG   Honda Sports360 prototype 01.jpg

              Honda N360 (’67-’72)               T360 (’63)      Honda S360 (’62)

kc23 cc87 cc88 cc89 cc90

Z360 (’70-’74)     T500F (’67)     TN360 (’67)         TNlll (’70)        TN-V (’72)

     Honda-VamosoOLD.JPG cc19   HondaLifeStepvan.JPG

           Honda Vamos (’70-’73)         Honda Life (’71)    Honda Life Step Van (’72-’74)

m20  (マツダ / 松田) Mazda

CC12  cc17  cc15  cc16  Mazda-B360.jpg

 Mazda R360 Coupe (’60-’66)        Mazda Carol (’62-’70)        B360 (’61-’68)

        Chantez-F.jpg 

      B360 (’66)    Mazda Porter (’68) Porter Cab (’70)    Mazda Chantez (’72-’76)

kc154  (ミツビシ / 三菱) Mitsubishi

     cc47 Mitsubishi-360.jpg cc48 cc49

    LT22 (’61-’64)    LT25 (’67-’69)        360 (’68-’69)      Minica (’62)     LA21 (1965-’66)

         cc50  cc51  cc52  cc53  cc54

           LA23 (’67)   Minica 70 (’69)   Van (’69-’73)    Skipper (’71) Skipper IV (’73)

cc55Minica F4 (’73)

my100  (スバル / 昴) Subaru

cc59  cc60  cc61  cc62  cc63

Subaru 360 (’58)  360 Custom (’59)  Convertible (’60)  Young SS (’60)    R-2 (’70)

cc116 360 variants cc117  360 EK31 engine  cc114

               cc64  sam9  sam10  sam12

    R-2 (’72)                       (’61-’66) Subaru Sambar Truck 1G

’66 Sambar 2G: sam13 sam14  ’73 Sambar 3G: sam18

kc159  (スズライト / スズキ/ 鈴木) Suzulight / Suzuki

kc20 CC1 kc149 cc2 cc3

  Suzulight Fronte TLA (’62-’63) (late ’67)  Suzuki Fronte LC10 (’67-’70)  LS10 Van (’69)

’70 Jimny LJ10: cc37   ’73 LJ20: cc38

cc4  ss78  cc5  cc6

    Fronte GT/W (’71) Fronte Coupé LC10W   GL/W (’72)   Hatch LS30 (’73)

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