Think of your ideal sports car. If you’re anything like Colin Chapman, low curb weight will be top priority, so let’s shoot for under 2000 pounds. Rear-wheel-drive and a manual transmission are, obviously, a must. Four-wheel independent suspension and a limited-slip differential would be nice. I’m a fan of guilt-free driving; is Prius-level fuel economy out of the question? What about a 9000-rpm redline? Why no go for broke and under $20,000?
Amazingly, three of these dream cars exist: the Autozam AZ-1, the Honda Beat, and the Suzuki Cappuccino. Otherwise known as the A-B-C kei cars.
So, why hasn’t everyone traded in their Corolla for one of the ABCs? There’s a catch. Even for sports cars, they’re wildly impractical.
Read the full article on Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/valuation/with-quirky-kei-cars-its-easy-as-a-b-c/
I'm not really looking forward to the time these become more ubiquitous in the US, and I start spending weekends picking them out of the wheels wells of my '56 Olds.
I remember when the Subaru 360 came to the U.S. One local radio station had a contest with the First Place winner getting a new Subaru 360. The Second Place winner would get two (2) of them!