Our Favourite Suzuki Retro Models
Added: 26 October 2017
Suzuki Company History
Suzuki GB is the UK distributor for the Suzuki Motor Corporation, whose sales of motor vehicles are now the world’s tenth largest, a remarkable achievement for the company founded in 1909 by Michio Suzuki in Hamamatsu, Japan. The company's first 30 years focused on the development and production of weaving looms for Japan's silk industry. Despite the success Suzuki believed that his company would benefit from diversification and he decided to build a small car and within two years Suzuki had built several prototypes.
The first Suzuki cars were powered by a water cooled, four-stroke, four cylinder aluminium 800cc engine which produced just 13 hp. However during World War II production plans were halted and Suzuki went back to producing looms and eventually produced its first car in 1955 following a highly successful venture into motorcycle production.
The Suzuki Cappuccino produced from 1991-97 is a small 2 seater with a detachable hardtop and weighing just 725kg is powered by a 63hp turbocharged, three-cylinder, 657 cc DOHC engine. With a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout the bonnet, roof, roll bar and lower front panels are all made from light-weight aluminium.
The clever design of the three removable roof panels means the car can be used either as a Fixed Head Coupé, T-top, Targa or Convertible with the roof panels conveniently fitting in the boot. Uniquely the glass rear window & roll cage also retracts into the body behind the seats.
With all around disc brakes, speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering and aluminium double wishbone suspension the Cappuccino had few competitors at the time. Helped by limited numbers, a total of just 1110 made it to the UK, its styling on the classic roadster ensured that it's one of the few Suzuki cars sold in the UK to achieve cult status and become a classic. Enthusiasts have long been calling for a replacement and despite Suzuki producing motor show concepts it still remains their only sports car to date.
The Suzuki Jimny, a small four-wheel drive off-road car and mini SUV, originally dates back to 1970 with the LJ10 (Light Jeep) which weighed just 590 kg and had a top speed of 47 mph. Several updates to the LJ series followed through to 1998 when the model we now regard as the Jimny was released and the compact off-roader was Suzuki's first global success slotting into a previously unfilled gap in the market.
Production has been continuous ever since and the Jimny has evolved into a much more modern design with hard top and soft top versions and a fourth generation expected soon.
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