Hot Shot: 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino 5-Speed RHD – Sold!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Sports Car Saturday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to be considered for RADwood Royalty.  you’d be hard-pressed to find a better alternative than this Japanese Domestic Market 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino Ke-Size sports car legally imported posted on Craigslist in Silver Springs, Maryland for only $5,250. 

Suzuki offered the small 2-door, 2-seater detachable hardtop Cappuccino sports car from 1991 through 1998.  Similar to other Japanese Domestic Manufacturers, Suzuki designed the vehicle to meet the country’s Kei car specifications for lower tax and insurance rates. Weighing 725 kg (1,598 lb), the Cappuccino uses a turbocharged, three-cylinder, 657 cc DOHC engine, which falls just under the 660cc maximum displacement allowed for such cars). To give you a sense of how tiny this sports car is, it measures 129.7 inches long overall, compared to a first-generation Mazda’s nearly two feet longer dimension of 155.5 inches!

Suzuki claimed front-rear weight distribution to be 50/50% with two passengers aboard. The layout is front mid-engined and rear-wheel drive. The hood, roof, roll bar, and lower front guard panels are aluminum.

Despite its tiny size, Cappuccinos featured an innovation aluminum top system that allowed the car to use as a closed coupé, a T-top, Targa, or, on retraction of the rear window and roll bar, a full convertible. Roof panels stow in the trunk (taking almost all the luggage space), and the rear window/rollcage assembly retracts into the body behind the seats. Unlike many convertibles of the time, the rear window is glass and wraparound, with demisting elements.

Early examples such as this car featured Suzuki’s F6A DOHC 12-valve, inline turbocharged and intercooled 3-cylinder engine with power output claimed to be 63 horsepower at 6500 rpm to fit under the maximum power allowed for Kei cars.

We’ve never driven one, but the specifications make it sounds like this go-kart will be a hoot to drive!  We hope whoever picks up this car drives it to the Philly RADwood event on April 5th. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1992 Suzuki Cappuccino (Kei)
Right Hand Drive Japanese Import (RHD) (JDM)

660cc Turbocharged 3 Cylinder engine (35 mpg fuel economy)
5 Speed Manual Transmission
A/C
82,300 miles = 132,000 kilometers
RWD – 2WD
Multi configuration top – Hard Top, T-Top, Targa Top, Full Convertible
(Top completely stores in the trunk)
50/50 weight distribution
1600 pound curb weight
4 wheel independent suspension
4 wheel disc brakes

Very straight and solid body. No rust or rot. Runs and drives strong. Clean interior.
It’s like a street legal go kart.

Issues:
* Hard to downshift into 2nd gear when moving. 2nd gear synchronizer is likely worn.
(Common issue on Cappuccinos)
* Slight driveline noise. Could be driveshaft u-joint or differential.
(Common issue on Cappuccinos)
* Stereo is missing. Single DIN opening is ready for your USA compatible stereo.
* Nardi steering wheel has some wear.
* Drivers seat has some wear and split seams. Has been repaired with cloth tape.
* Body has a few minor dings and scratches.

Legally Imported with all documentation, U.S. Customs, EPA, DOT, etc.
Clean Maryland Title in my name.

Call for an appointment

$5250

301-651-77 88

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