To those who know me you might know im a bit of a kei car nut, there’s something about the small size and the whole tuning scene around them that draws me to them. If there was more of a market in Oz I’m sure I would of owned a few more than 1 by now. After my last two trips to Japan however, I’ve left feeling slightly disheartened as I haven’t spotted a great deal of baler espically when kei’s are a plague over there like commodore and flacons in Oz! And when you do see a slightly custom one its either a factory option Or (in Osaka at leased) mostly bolt on parts from your friendly Autobacs, with Led kits, 15 rims and small add on aero parts.

Exhibit ‘A’…

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BUT… i did see some cool examples rolling around.

A Very common sighting all over Japan is the Kombi conversion you can get for Suzuki carry vans. I saw more than 10 on both of my trips to Japan. Can say it’s a very cool little conversion but a very common one as well.

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One of the best Kei’s of all time IMO. The Suzuki Alto works, these came in both FF and AWD powered by a 660cc turbo motor (F6A) and one of the greatest body styling of them all. Here’s one I spotted in my wanderings around the streets of Osaka.


Spotted this little Honda City Turbo II convertible rolling into a DVD store one night while tuning a friends car, gave the owner a scare when he came back finding me taking pic’s of his car, he gave it a Zoku rev as he left the car park for us, Champ!

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The massive wing, body kit and VIP exhaust made it hard for this Daihatsu Hijet to drive around on Meihan’s slightly rough road pavement.

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This new suzuki carry was pretty much stock apart from running Steel 15’s off another car with 165/50 R15 kei tyres. love this look.

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subiru rex?… angry eye rolling on grams light’s… win!

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Lastly, rolling along in the Osaka traffic this little Daihatsu Opti drove past with a Custom paint, nice sized wheels and a mean tone to it.

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4 Responses to “OH~Kei~!”

  1. 1 Martin
    June 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

    hey, found this place via google 🙂 nice shots of these cars man~ was wondering what car is that that looks like a mini-subaru?

    • June 22, 2010 at 8:15 am

      the white one in the 2nd last photo? its a subaru Rex. this is a later version of a florie or sherper i think (thats what they were called in australia at leased)

  2. 3 Martin
    June 22, 2010 at 11:28 am

    ah~ looks like a sherpa but it looks really nice 🙂 wished there were more of these kind of cars in australia.

  3. June 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    ahh, me too.

    there were a few different preformance kei’s avaiable for import before all the changes to the rwa/sev’s pre89 rule came in. you can still get pre 89 kei’s but nothing overly exciting came out untill after that. there is a very rare alto works rsr/rsx which was made in 88 with the 550cc motor but there very thin on the ground… altho i did see one for sale a few months back in SA. for 3k. but it was sold.

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