After being exhibited at the 26th Tokyo Motor Show, the Be-1 was launched two years later in January 1987 (the canvas top model debuted in March). The “nostalgic modern” design concept stressed relaxation and comfort. At the time Japanese society was shifting towards more individualism, so this car was well received. Production was limited and it was so popular that, at its launch, buyers were chosen by lottery.
Overall length / width / height: 3,635/1,580/1,395mm
Tread (front/rear): 1,365/1,350mm
Curb weight: 700kg
Engine: MA10 (4-cyl. in line, OHC), 987cc
Max. power (net): 38kW (52PS)/6,000rpm
Max. torque (net): 75Nm (7.6kgm)/3,600rpm
Transmission: 3-speed AT, floor shift
Suspension (front/rear): Strut/4-link
Seating capacity: 5
The Autobianchi A112 is a supermini produced by the Italian automaker Autobianchi. It was developed using the mechanicals which subsequently underpinned the Fiat 127. It was introduced in 1969.
The Rex was introduced on July 15 1972. The Subaru Rex was a Kei car automobile produced from 1972 to 1992 for sale in Japan by Subaru and was also sold in Europe, South America, Bermuda and the Caribbean. The name “Rex” comes from Latin for “king”. The Subaru Rex represented a fresh start, having little do with the Subaru 360.
The 1986 Honda Civic Si hatchback had a 12-valve, 1.5 liter engine with fuel injection and had 91 hp. It also had sport suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars plus a removable Moonroof.
1986 Honda Civic Si hatchback.
The Honda Civic GL was a fun little ride, with it’s 1488cc engine. It had front disc brakes and rear drum breaks. It was front wheel drive and a 5-speed transmission. Even back in 1985, it got 35mpg (46 highway).
1982 Honda Civic GL Hatchback.
The Chevrolet Vega Kammback introduced in September 1970, was the first US-made four-passenger wagon, and the first two-door wagon from GM in six years. It shares its wheelbase and length with Vega coupe versions and was produced in the 1971–1977 model years.
1971 Chevrolet Vega Kammback.
The 1981 Mercury Capri RS equipment options package included:
• Hood scoop (non-fuctional large style)
• Black grille
• Black headlamp frames
• Black windshield molding
• Black dual remote control mirrors
• Upper bodyside dual accent stripe treatment (delete pin stripes)
• Black door handles and lock cylinders
• Simulated engine-turned instrument panel and right-hand applique
• RS medallion on instrument panel
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel
• Handling suspension
The 1981 Mercury Capri Turbo RS equipment options package included:
• Turbo RS tape identification on front fender
• Bright Turbo plaque on hood scoop
• 2.3 litre 2V 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
• Sport tuned exhaust
• Michelin TRX low-profile steel-belted radial ply tires
• Three-spoke 15.3-inch forged aluminum wheels
• Rally suspension system
• Turbo function indicator lights on instrument panel
• 8000rpm tachometer
The Stallion was a major sports options package for the Ford Pinto available in 1976. It included:
• Black grille
• Black cowl top
• Black hood treatment
• Black windshield moldings
• Black wiper arms
• Black window frames
• Black drip rails
• Black lower body side tape stripes
• Stallion decal on front fenders (Pinto nameplate on front fender and Runabout nameplate on “C” pillar deleted)
• Dual black right and left hand remote-control mirrors
• Styled steel wheels
• Black third door treatment
• Black lower back panel
• A70x13 RWL bias ply tires
• Handling suspension
The Stallion Option was not available with the Luxury Decor Group, Squire Option or Protection Group.
1976 Ford Pinto Stallion.
1976 Ford Pinto Stallion.
This 1978 Ford Pinto 3-door Runabout has a great look to it, particularly in the rear, where the glass lift gate gives it such a wide stance.
1978 Ford Pinto 3-door Runabout.
Who wouldn’t love to have this 3-door hatchback (called the “Crusing Wagon”) today. It’s especially groovy with these optional graphics.
1977 Ford Pinto Crusing Wagon.
This IZH 2125 5-door hatchback I believe is from Russia. It had a carburated 4-cylinder that developed 72hp with a four-speed manual transmission.
From 1976 to 1987, the Pontiac Acadian was a version of the Chevrolet Chevette sold by Canadian Pontiac-Buick dealers, initially identical to the Chevette except for badging but picking up the distinctly “Pontiac” design cues of the U.S. market Pontiac T1000 after that model’s 1981 introduction. (image source: John Lloyd)
The Plymouth Arrow was an extension of the Mitsubishi Lancer/Dodge Colt known as the Mitsubishi Celeste in Japan. It was also known as the Dodge Arrow in Canada and as the Dodge Celeste in Puerto Rico. The Arrow was released in September 1975 as a 1976 model.
A 1.6 L I4 engine was standard with an optional 2.0 L I4. It was produced in various trim levels including the 160, GS and GT. The first year Arrow is easily identified from later years because its quarter-window louvers have two slats in the center, which were changed to three on all later years. The 1976 Arrow also came with a single windshield-wiper fluid nozzle on the hood, which was changed to dual nozzles for 1977 and remained that way for all later year Arrows.
In 1978, Isuzu commissioned Giorgetto Giugiaro to design a new sporty car to replace the 117 Coupe (also a Giugiaro design). They delivered several T Series Geminis to the Italdesign studio in Italy and allowed Giugiaro free rein over the design. The result of this effort was the wedge-shaped three-door hatchback called the Asso di Fiori (“Ace of Clubs”) prototype and show car, that was shown at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show to rave reviews.
For the U.S. market, this vehicle was introduced as the Impulse in 1983. For the 1983 and 1984 model years, only one engine was available, the 2.0 L SOHC I4 engine, rated at 90 hp.
A turbocharged model was introduced in 1985, with a 2.0 L SOHC I4 engine rated at 140 hp.
The 1988 model year saw several changes. Mild exterior and interior changes were made to the appearance of the vehicle (a larger rear spoiler, fixed headlights without pop up covers, etc.). The 2.0 L non-turbo engine was replaced with a 2.3 L SOHC I4 engine, rated at 110 hp.
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I don’t know much about the Duport 125/4 Diesel, but it’s just so cute, I had to add it. It’s probably extremely dangerous and not very reliable, but as soon as I get more info, I will add it here.