Ahh the Fronte; join the JDM 70's Kei car extravaganza!
My first experience with a Fronte was about 5 years ago. Although it was not really a Fronte anymore. A mate was given one, completely butchered, huge flares, fats, a V8 in the back and it was chain driven! He had it sitting on a Mezzanine floor in his workshop/house. Never actually went though.
Then I happened across some earlier this year whilst on Oldschool.co.nz
forum. I saw a dude from Palmy with a couple for sale. Advertised as 2
stroke motors, I thought wtf?
Did some internet research and couldn't find jack. I did manage to establish that some Frontes came with 2 stroke motors (either 360cc or 475cc.)
This intrigued me as I am a sucker for all that is different in the
automotive realm. I HAD to have one.
I looked at the ones in Palmy but the owner he had decided to keep road
legal four door. The two door he had although in reasonable condition was in a million pieces. I left disappointed.
I have only seen two models of Fronte in NZ. Well with the rear mounted rear wheel drive two stroke anyway. The earlier model (I had seen in NZ) was established to be the Suzuki Fronte LC50. Slightly less sporty looking and made from 1970-1973.
The other ones I had seen in Palmy and on the Oldschool forum (and better looking ones in my opinion) were known as the Suzuki Fronte CXG. In their homeland of Japan they were known as the Suzuki Cervo SS20. Made from1977-1982.
There can't be too many countries left with two stroke models, they are
pocket polluters and if NZ had emission laws I am sure they would be
Then a couple of weeks ago when searching Trademe I found my dream. Bright blue 1973 LC50 Suzuki Fronte. It looked tidy, rebuilt motor, complete, going and registration on hold.
I put a princely bid in and did not expect to win but alas I did! I already
have a C110 Skyline/240K that needs the money but I made an exception.
So I jacked up a transporter to pick it up from Te Puke and it arrived last
Wednesday. I have been stung with buying cars unseen before, but this time I was pleasantly surprised.Good overall condition for a 1973 car. Originally green but completely resprayed blue to a reasonable level.
First time I started it I waited for the sound of the starter motor.
nothing. Just a quiet hum then ring ding ding ding as it kicked into life.
Subsequently I have found out that there is no starter but a generator.
Acceleration was smooth, and rev happy. It sounds like a bike or jetski. The exhaust is a modified car one, looks arse and is sure to be holding her
back. 475cc, air cooled, triple car goodness. I love it! Same feeling as driving a mini because it is soooo small. Gets oodles of looks as it buzzes by too.
Came with a draw bar that can be bolted to the front of the car for towing
Can't wait to go in a convoy of two stroke cars from around NZ.
Gave it a cut and polish (as paint was hard core faded) and a glass clean,
came out looking schmick!
triple carb goodness - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4xMIDr4sCo
Walkaround - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbd2QGF4Wlo
Inside look - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyaaib3SGKg
Driving - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9302kmT1tKI
More driving - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaE4iamEFFI
Testing factory equipment - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSdd4LkSdxY