Is the Suzuki Cappuccino a future classic?
1990s / Future classic / Japanese / Suzuki

Is the Suzuki Cappuccino a future classic?

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is not the only rear-wheel drive, two-seater Japanese roadster that was presented to the public in 1989. Suzuki traveled to that year’s edition of the Tokyo Motor Show to introduce a close-to-produciton concept that previewed the Cappuccino convertible. Production of the Cappuccino kicked off in 1991. The roadster featured a long … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo
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Ran When Parked visits Toyota’s History Garage museum in Tokyo

Ran When Parked recently visited Toyota’s History Garage museum in Odaiba, an entertainment-focused area of Tokyo, Japan. The museum is part of the Palette Town complex that is also home to a huge Toyota showroom, an even bigger maze-like shopping center called Venus Port, a Ferris wheel, a casino and so forth. Continue reading

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360
1960s / 1970s / Japanese / Scaled down / Subaru / Tomica

Scaled down: Tomica’s 1/50-scale Subaru 360

Japan’s Tomica has manufactured several 1/50-scale replicas of the Subaru 360 over the past couple of decades. Some of the company’s earlier 360s were offered in bright colors like yellow and lime green, but the later examples like the fire patrol car pictured below generally wore special liveries. Tomica cars have always been fairly realistic … Continue reading

Is the second-generation Suzuki Jimny / Samurai a future classic?
1980s / 1990s / Future classic / Japanese / Suzuki

Is the second-generation Suzuki Jimny / Samurai a future classic?

The second-generation Suzuki Jimny was introduced across Japan in 1981. Like its rudimentary predecessor, the Jimny was classified as a kei car in its home market so it was initially offered exclusively with a two-stroke three-cylinder engine. A turbocharged three-cylinder was added to the lineup a little later in the production run, while the two-stroke … Continue reading

Ran When Parked visits Japan
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Ran When Parked visits Japan

Work recently took us to Japan, the land of Wasabi Cars, Japanese Nostalgic Car and, of course, Tomica models. Having never been to Japan before, we decided to take a couple of well-deserved days off in order to do some sight-seeing in and around Tokyo. Domestic automakers indisputably rule the market in rural areas of … Continue reading