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Weird JDM Cars, Part 3

This has to be one of the weirdest Nissan-retro-line cars out there. I don't have words to describe it. It's, again, the same chassis as the Micra, just made retro.

I feel like I'd need a flat-top, and blast some early 80s music to drive this one.

Be-1... wat?

Be-1... wat?

Thank you, Nissan, for allowing yourself to be different.

Subaru Casablanca

The Subaru Casablanca. This one is weird. I think this video basically says it all (Thanks Might Car Mods! Their second channel is full of random!)

Basically a body kit. But... Not one you'd ever expect from the factory!


Weird JDM Cars, Part 2

Nissan Pao

Another one of Nissans retro-inspired line, that's based on the micra, is the Pao. The external hinges and roof rack make this car look super retro, with tasteful chrome accents.

Pao at auction, usually about 6 per week!

They aren't a rare car, with a number of them going through auction per week, but there are very few in Canada that I've seen.  I really like these, as they're more function than a Figaro, and really really weird looking.

Mazda Autozam AZ-1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGull-wing doors? Check.

Hardly functional window-in-window design? Check?

Turbo? Check!


660cc? Big check!

Mid-engined? Check

It can only be the Autozam AZ-1. This is a real piece of work... and is apparently super tiny. Like, 5'10'' people beware. This was build to compete with the Honda Beat (another one of my Kei weaknesses), and is very  very stylish. I love it.


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Weird JDM Cars, Part 1

Welcome to a new segment of righthanddrive.ca called Weird JDM cars. The Japanese market is very interesting in that they have many cars available, made in Japan, that have not really seen the light of day anywhere else in the world. This is my small homage to these cars.

Mitsuoka Le Seyde

This on is... super weird. It's supposed to be a bit like a Zimmer, but isn't. It says Cruella DeVil all over it, and it's hilarious, and I want one. Despite the way it looks, it's rocking a 1.6L 4 cylinder. Wicked awesome. Mitsuoka has a lot of goofy looking rip-off cars in it's line up, and we'll see more of them, but this is the best, goofiest and most eye-catching.

A LeSeyde at auction

Nissan Figaro

This has to be one of my favourite cars ever, and one of the first JDM cars I saw in real life here in Canada.

Nissan Figaro, always cute!

It's based on a Micra, and is part of a retro inspired line of cars made by Nissan and sold in the late 80s/early 90s. So, parts are readily available for it (save body panels), and they're a good buy. Too bad it's hard to find one for under $12000.

Tell me what you think of this... I have a bunch written (I wrote them over xmas, and I've been sitting on them since!)... so I could start a semi-regular thing!