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    Books on classic Keijidosha?

    I'm doing a project on 60s-80s kei cars and need some info. I couldn't find many books on amazon or whatever. I'll go here this weekend http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/nahc/ to see what they have, but is there anything in particular I should be looking for?

    pics for clicks


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    Heya,
    I've been trying to find out as much as I can about Kei cars as well, especially ones from the 60's and 70's. (Currently in the process of acquiring a late 60's Mitsubishi 360). Unfortunately information is scarce and even scarcer in English, haha. I'll swing by the bookstore in Akiake and see if they have anything on classic Kei cars. Only problem is, if they do it'll all be in Japanese, haha.

    If there is anything I can do to help let me know!

    Here's some of my favorite Kei cars though

    Mitsubishi 360 Van (Minica)


    Mine (A little beat looking, haha)



    Suzuki Fronte


    Suzuki Fronte Coupe


    Daihatsu Fellow


    Subaru Sambar Truck


    Haha, I could go all day with these pictures!
    Let me know if I can help!
    Cheers

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    Hey guys, I have a couple links you could check out.

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~mjs/index.htm
    About half way down the page it says "History of 4-wheel kei jidosha" and there are links to each of the Japanese car manufacturers. He gives a fairly complete history of all the kei cars from each company.

    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E8%BB%BD% ... 5%E8%BB%8A
    This is the Japanese Wikipedia page for kei cars. It's in Japanese but you could run it through a translator.

    Also, kei cars have always had regulations on how big they could be and on engine displacement. These laws were only used on jdm cars. Kei cars cost less on taxes and insurance. There is a table showing the laws here.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei_car

    As for books, the best I've seen is probably "The Complete History of the Japanese Car" by Marco Ruiz.

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    You have this book but in french. Lot's of good pics and history. Japanese cars 1960 to 1975 the Heroic era.

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    Re: Books on classic Keijidosha?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sven7
    OMG I sooo Fricking Want! this is much needed ! :twisted:
    I would trade my Lotus Elise for this car! my kid would love it but my wife would kill me! :lol:

    It might be worth it! :mrgreen:

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    thanks guys! I'll take a look at those and go to the National Automotive History Collection tomorrow. It's supposed to be the largest public automotive lit collection in the country! :tu:

    http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/nahc/

    Arrow: DO IT! haha. You'd have to do some serious suspension mods to make it handle, though :roll:

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    NAHC was a total and complete bust. There was not one book on Japanese cars of any vintage. Only repair manuals.

    I'm gonna have to hit up ebay.

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    NAHC is awesome- but I could imagine the Japanese collection was nil. I was there doing a term paper once on the Corvair.

    Would love to see/read what you manage to come up with! 8) :tu:

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    duuuhhhhhh how did i not look this up earlier?

    http://www.keicar.info/

    also, the far east auto lit site has a lot of good info- i just have to search through it. I've got 3.5 hours before class :td:

    (Spent about three hours tonight getting a rad support, fender and grille for my broke ass Volkswagen. It's going to the body shop tomorrow)

    I'm hoping to at least get this graphic redesign together and printed. I'll post it up next week when I"m on ssspppprrriinnnnngggg bbbrrrreeeaaaaaakkkkkkkk :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Northern Minnesota? Yummy.

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    OK hai everybody. I decided I won't be making any more pages anytime soon. Here is what I turned in to class a few weeks ago on 11x17 (A3) size glossy card stock.











    Not too many pages, but I put a lot of time into image gathering and research to really understand them the best I could. :tu:

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