Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Japanese Diminutive Market: 1991 Suzuki Cappuccino

The Suzuki Cappuccino was introduced for the 1987 model year as an attempt to add some sportiness to the Suzuki lineup in native Japan.  In a photograph it looks like a Mazda MX-5 competitor, but with a total length of only 129 inches and a 1598 lb curb weight, the Cappuccino was closer to a go-kart and it conformed to Japan's Kei (Keijidosha light car) regulations that gave buyers a tax break and easier license/insurance requirements.  Find this 1991 Suzuki Cappuccino offered for $8,809 FOB via tradecarview.com.  Tip from FuelTruck.

TradeCarView is a website that claims to allow US buyers to buy JDM cars and help import them into the US with ease.  I've never used their services (or any other importer) so I can't say for certain what they offer versus the competition, but if you can really get a Suzuki Cappuccino for about $9k FOB (freight on board) delivered to the US, it certainly sounds like a good deal.

The Cappuccino uses a 657cc DOHC inline-3 (to conform with Japanese Kei car standards) that is turbocharged to produce 63 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox.  The sub 1-liter powerplant is going to feel overwhelmed in US traffic, but like fun trying to keep up.

See a better way to live the JDM dream..yo? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. The Seller's name is Rabbit ? This carrot seems high as there are others for half the money.....

  2. These are so small and a lot of fun but oh man I could build one hell of a fast/fun Miata for 9grand!

  3. This makes a Miata look down right Macho!

  4. Never heard of TradeCarView, thanks for featuring this!

    I really dig these Kei cars and I giving serious thought to grabbing one in the next couple of years. Honda Beat is probably my go-to choice, but from what I'm reading the Cappuccino and the Autozam are easily upgraded to more powerful drivetrains.


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.