Low-mileage SUV has JDM cred

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If, indeed, the upcoming genre of collectible vehicles are those from Japan, the Pick of the Day is one to consider if you want to turn heads at your local car show while you enjoy your $12,900 investment.

The vehicle is a 1974 Suzuki Samurai with right-hand drive, as is standard in Japan, the UK and other places where they drive on the “right” (left) side of the roadway.

The vehicle is advertised on ClassicCars.com by a collector car dealership, located in Kentwood, Michigan. The seller notes that the vehicle was sold as the Jimny in most markets, and that a Jimny broke the record for scaling the Ojos Del Salado mountain in Chile, the previous standard set by a Jeep.

“This particular vehicle was imported awhile back and features right-hand drive, and a compact F5A 543cc 3-cylinder engine with Electronic Petrol Injection… as well as a turbocharger. The little 3cyl spins freely and makes surprisingly good power.”

The engine links to a 5-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system with low range and locking front hubs.

“There are a few small dings and marks (shown in the large photo album that is part of the ad) but the body is very clean,” the dealer says of the light-blue painted mini-SUV.

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“There are tons of exterior features including EPI graphics, hood scoop, rear mounted spare tire, yellow fog lights, and 16in alloy wheels with Geolander tires.

“The interior is very clean and features cloth front buckets and a tiny rear seat. Everything is quite clean and the interior features basic instrumentation as well as an ASTI stereo.”

The dealer also notes that the Samurai “has tons of cool JDM cred.”

It also has plenty of mileage left, the dealer adds, noting that the SUV has traveled only 66,101 kilometers (41,000 miles) in nearly 50 years.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This series of Jimny’s wasn’t produced until 81, 3 cyl turbos in 86.
    FI and turbo in 74? no way and besides look at those 80s graphics.

  2. This is the stuff that cracks me up. You can find these all over the country in amazingly good shape for as little as $1,000, completely restored units for $5K-$6k. but Somehow this ones worth $13,000 ?

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