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Rare Rides: A Suzuki SC100, Delightfully Tiny

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Rear-engine, rear-drive automobiles are few and much between, restricted principally to wonderful issues just like the Porsche 911, and horrible issues just like the VW Karmann Ghia and Chevrolet Corvair. However there’s one other car with an “RR” configuration that’s a bit extra obscure. Presenting the Suzuki SC100.

Suzuki fielded the very first kei-class car within the Japanese market when it hit the bottom operating in 1955. Although most kei automobiles emphasised effectivity and helpful packaging of their designs, one kei particularly went towards the grain. The car in query was the Fronte Coupe, which Suzuki debuted in 1971. A tiny two-seater, the Fronte Coupe had the engine within the again, a small trunk up entrance, and a design by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Ultimately two extra seats have been added, and the 36.5-horsepower 2+2 Fronte Coupe was bought alongside its extra sensible siblings in Japan and different chosen markets.

The fashionable Coupe model of the Fronte was discontinued in 1976. Japan’s authorities modified the laws surrounding kei automobiles and required extra safety and stricter emissions. The Fronte line continued by itself and not using a coupe as Suzuki unveiled a brand new nameplate: Cervo. The Cervo wore modernized styling instantly acquainted to anybody who’d seen a Fronte Coupe beforehand. And that’s as a result of it was the identical car beneath. Suzuki added bigger bumpers and a revised fascia to satisfy new laws, however stored the remainder of the physique with few modifications. In a nod to the sensible, there was a brand new glass hatch to permit entry to a small cargo area behind the rear seats.

The aforementioned emissions laws didn’t help the Cervo’s efficiency. Although the 2-stroke engine’s displacement elevated from 360 to 550 cc within the new mannequin, horsepower sank to 27.6. And there have been roughly one hundred twenty extra kilos on board due to safety modifications over the earlier mannequin.

Suzuki additionally bought the Cervo in different markets, the place emissions and displacement weren’t of prime concern. Early in 1978 the revised Cervo (now SC100) started arriving in Europe. Export automobiles acquired a a lot bigger 970 cc engine with 4 cylinders as an alternative of three. forty six horsepower traveled to the rear wheels by way of the 4-velocity guide transmission. European SC100s have been identifiable by way of their giant indicator lamps inside the grille, flanked by sq. headlights moderately than the home Cervo’s round lamps. The rake of the windshield was additionally relaxed, which altered the door frames and aspect home windows. Not a easy market rebadge there.

The unconventional Cervo lasted solely via 1982, when Suzuki changed it with a entrance-engine, entrance-drive hatchback model of its new era Fronte. And it was this Cervo which later morphed right into a pickup truck referred to as Mighty Boy.

As we speak’s Rare Journey is situated in Washington state, which is south of Vancouver. With rust bubbles right here and there, a targa roof, and a spotless interior, it asks $5,900.

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