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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:09 pm 

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Hello Ben,

The Dutch brochure is from 1970 I believe.

Duane: Can you can scan the English brochure in pdf format to me please? In return I will scan an unique racingmate brochure special dedicated to the Suzuki Fronte.

Update about the restoration. The fuelcab is on the bonnet and interieur is back in place... I keep you informed.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 11:55 pm 

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Hi Cappo, I will send you a PDF of these...here's the brochure:

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Unfortunately my scanner wasn't big enough to fit the whole brochure in, but you get the picture. Anyone have any theories on this brochure's origin, other than Australia?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 1:46 pm 

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Duane,

Thanks for sharing this brochure. I didn't see it before and can't help you finding the country of origine.

I will scan a rare racingmate brochure featuring a sporty kit for the Fronte.

Meanwhile you can see below the latest developments of restoration project. In the freezing cold I managed to place the (rear) bonnet, bumper lights on the car. Due to the cold conditions (0 degrees :? ) I have a break but hope to continue soon.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:55 pm 

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The car is looking fantastic Cappo! Well done for braving the freezing conditions and making some progress.

I've stopped working on my Fiat 850 sedan (oddly, a slightly similar looking car in some ways) because it has been 46C degrees down here - the exact opposite problem you have! I can't even walk into my garage without breaking into a sweat, it must be another 10C degrees hotter in there.

Will send the brochure scans today.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:43 pm 
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is that a 2 stroke engine i see????


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:36 am 

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@ Duane:
The Suzuki Fronte looks like a little clone of the Fiat 850. Also a nice looking car. When restoring in front of my house many people ask if it is a Fiat or a Daf. The Suzuki is mixer of many styles.

@roosterfella46
The Fronte has only a 3 cilinder 2 stroke engine like many Kei cars in that time. On you tube you can see an advertisment promoting Suzuki's engine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_5Y114A4xE

Here another video on youtube. It gives a good impression how the car looks and sounds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URPjZDu2xj8

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:46 am 
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Looking good!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 11:11 am 

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Hi Guys,

Weather improved, so I pushed the car out of the garage and continued work. This time I placed the grill and the headlights. New Chrome bumper is coming from Japan. If I get a chance I will fit the sport fender mirrors tomorrow. It is still to cold for fitting the rally striping. I keep you informed. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:48 pm 
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The sport fender mirrors.. the plastic, bullet-type one.. aren't they from the newer Fronte?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:37 am 

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@SharmCos:

Standard mirrors are indeed flat type. But the Fronte S, SS and SSS series had different bullit type mirrors.

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AS you can see I managed to buy a complete new set with original package.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:33 am 
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Cool.. I've seen those bullet-type mirrors for sale online, mostly new old stocks and they are quite expensive! Good luck with the restoration! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:37 pm 

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To all,

The mirrors are on the car. Replacing the doorlocks and doorhandels.

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When temperature rises I can fit the side and bonnet stickers. In spired by the late sixties Suzuki promotional tour.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:59 pm 
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Ah, those stickers are so cool! Do you have any pictures of the original car?

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:04 pm 

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@ Ben:

Below the front page of a Suzuki brochure featuring Sir Stirling Moss posing his car in front of the colloseum in Rome Italy on 28th augustus 1968.

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Here the original print

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Stirling and Mitsuo Itoh having a break in Napels Italy after finishing a 750 km trip with average 122,44 km p.u and top speed 134 km.

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That is too cool! Can you tell me more about the trip itself? My interest has been piqued. :)

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@ Ben:

The ''Suzuki Fronte 360'' 2-door sedan was introduced in March 1967 with much press and TV coverage. The response more than matched expectations, with over 170,000 applications for test drives with only 500 demo cars available in the first week. Production was soon running at over 7000 cars per month.

The wheelbase was 196 cm, the suspension independent with coil springs and the engine a 356cc 3-cylinder air-cooled 2-cycle, placed transversely. Its overall shape had a roundish profile, nicknamed 'Daruma', a Japanese roly-poly doll, and this is the smallest (and only Keicar) car which used the cola-bottle shape, that became popular in the United States for the 1965 model year.

Keicar, is a Japanese category of small automobiles, including passenger cars, vans ("microvans") and pickup trucks. They are designed to exploit local tax and insurance relaxations, and are exempted from the requirement to certify that adequate parking is available for the vehicle.These standards originated in the times following the end of the Second World War, when most Japanese could not afford a full-sized car yet had enough to buy a motorcycle. To promote the growth of the car industry, as well as to offer an alternative delivery method to small business and shop owners, Kei car standards were created.

In November, 1968 came a modified high performance Fronte the LC10 SS, using the same three cylinder 360 cc engine but now with triple carbs’ to give more than 100 hp per litre. The Fronte SS 360'' had 36 HP, with the ''Suzuki Fronte SSS'' to follow in April, 1970. In the export there was also a ''Suzuki Fronte 500'' with the engine enlarged to 475cc since January,1969. As a publicity campaign, Stirling Moss (right) and Mitsuo Itoh took an LC10 SS along Italy’s "Autostrade del Sole" The Autostrada del Sole, from Milan to Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples, represents the backbone of the Italian motorway network.

The motorway was started in 1956, when the only motorways existing in Italy were those opened before the Second World War. Actually, the route from Milan to the lakes of Como and Maggiore, opened in 1924, was the first toll motorway in the world, and in the next decade was followed by a small network of about 470 km, from Milan to Turin and Brescia, plus the first route through a mountain pass (Autocamionale Genoa-Serravalle) and few other minor sections. All motorways built before the war had a single-carriageway structure, about 10.5 m wide, and the same structure was used for the first new route built after the war: the Genova-Savona, opened between 1956 and 1964. On the contrary the engineers that had to design the new Autostrada del Sole took a trip to the United States, in 1956, in order to learn how a modern motorway had to be built. As a result of this trip, the Autostrada del Sole was planned with 4-lane, double-carriageway structure, that became the standard design for all other motorways in Italy (old single-carriageway sections were rebuilt during the Sixties). The concession for the construction of the Autostrada was granted to a new public company, Società Autostrade, a subsidiary of IRI, the most important State-owned industrial group. The idea of the Italian government was that the State had to build road network (and to have a large share in the petrol market, through Agip, another state-owned company), while private companies, mainly FIAT, had to sell cars. The idea was successful: in a very short time, three years and two months, the Società Autostrade succeeded in building some 220 km of motorway: 188 km from Milan to Bologna and the Naples-Capua, first section of the Naples-Rome. The full path from Milan to Naples was opened within 1964, including the Appennino section between Bologna and Florence, possibly the most "revolutionary" part of the Autostrada: it didn't simply improve a connection, it just created it, as the previous mountain roads were incomparably slower. For the first time, railway was not considered any more as the "obvious solution" to connect Northern to Southern Italy. The 1600 km of motorway network opened within 1964 became 4900 in 1975. On August 13, 1975, a law suddenly stopped the construction of new motorways, as a consequence of the oil crisis occurred in 1973. The stop lasted about 7 years, in which only minor sections were built, so that 1975 can be considered as the end point of the Italian motorways' golden age.

Suzuki proved that their little car was capable driving on European long distance motorways. However they were too positive assuming that Italian drivers would prefer Japanese brands instead of Fiats, Autobianchi, Lancia etc… As a result Suzuki Motor Corporation started selling the cars in Northern Europe without a domestic Car industry like Holland and Belgium. But also there it was difficult selling the First Japanese cars. That is why only a few car were sold.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 2:03 pm 
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Thanks for that great writeup! I love the whole idea of a promotional campaign with Stirling Moss. Will you retrace the epic journey when you're done with your car? Could be quite the road trip!

I'm sure as a Suzuki nut you're already aware of this concept from the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show. Too bad they never built it!

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Hello Ben,

Yes I know the LC proto type. Cute little car too bad it didn´t go into production. Could be nice rival of the VW Beetle, New Mini or the new Fiat 500.

Funny you mention it but I have been thinking of driving ´The Italian Job` with my car. In the past I already drove single the Mille Miglia in a Suzuki Cappuccino. So I am familiar of the Italian roads. If you want to join me I am willing to do the trip :wink: Would be a nice travel report for your magazine.... :tu:

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cappo wrote:
Funny you mention it but I have been thinking of driving ´The Italian Job` with my car. In the past I already drove single the Mille Miglia in a Suzuki Cappuccino. So I am familiar of the Italian roads. If you want to join me I am willing to do the trip :wink: Would be a nice travel report for your magazine.... :tu:


I would love to join! I have never been to Europe and I can't think of a better way to see it :D.

I hope it's not too expensive though. Well, I'll wait for the car to be ready and then we'll talk ;)

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:20 pm 

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Ben,

I support your idea! Just follow my restoration project.

When the car is running and roadlegal again we can start making plans of 'The Italian Job'.

Keep your sun glasses ready for driving on the 'Sunny Motorway' (Autostrada del Sole) 8)

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