The Toyota Sports 800 Is 1,268 Pounds Of Joy

Toyota had to cheat the wind in the sixties since there wasn't much gas around to burn, but compared to how they do it today, the Sports 800 is a true beauty thanks to its engineering. » 11/18/14 12:20pm 11/18/14 12:20pm

For $19,500, Special Kei

Dogs like to sniff each others’ trouser puckers to see who their friends are. If you were to go sniffing around the aft-end of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Honda City, aka Bulldog what you’d smell is motorbike! Of course we’ll still have to see if its price stinks. » 7/08/13 8:00am 7/08/13 8:00am

For $2,500, If The Shoe Fits, Drive It

The lyrics to the metalcore band On Broken Wings' song Six Hundred Cubic Centimeters includes the line- I've got some questions, and I want them answered. That song is obviously about today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Honda Z600 coupe, and the question they want answered is undoubtably whether or not its price is a… » 12/07/12 8:00am 12/07/12 8:00am

Inspired or Insane? Taking On a 1967 Mitsubishi 360 Van Restoration

I had never heard of this tiny pre-Minica kei van prior to reading about it on the Japanese Nostalgic Car forums, but now I must have one! » 3/14/10 1:00pm 3/14/10 1:00pm

Hey Bulldog for $5,500!

Before Honda discovered Jazz, or got Fit, they had a pet Bulldog. Right now, Nice Price or Crack Pipe wants to know if $5,500 for this Kei Cur will get your tail wagging. » 3/04/10 7:00am 3/04/10 7:00am

Nissan Roox: Kei Car Comes With Round-Eyed Headlights Or Umm...

Japan's Kei cars are universally cool. So small they fit into a separate tax segment and require no proof of parking, they're a Tokyo urbanite's best friend. Now the new Nissan Roox looks like it's trying to fit in anywhere. » 12/03/09 10:30am 12/03/09 10:30am

"1980" Suzuki Cappuccino Roadster for a Diminutive $11,990!

Get ready to get small, and get your Kei car on. There's no need to hit Starbucks today, as Nice Price or Crack Pipe is bringing you some hot cappuccino! » 5/20/09 7:30am 5/20/09 7:30am

DOTS-O-Rama Sunday, San Francisco Edition: Torino, Tradesman, Sapporo,…


This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Next up are some high-quality photographs, courtesy of Wimbles. » 2/15/09 12:00pm 2/15/09 12:00pm

Honda Gets A New Life

The Honda Life » 11/06/08 4:00pm 11/06/08 4:00pm, one of the oldest minicars, dating back to the 1970s, is getting an upgrade. As a Kei car, the Life is limited to a 660 cc inline three-cylinder normally aspirated or turbocharged engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Both AWD and FWD versions abound, including the base-model Life…

You Want A Tiny, Weird Japanese Truck? No Problem!

Kei cars are pretty cool, but what about Kei trucks? Have you envied the Japanese their ability to buy pocket-size 4x4 trucks that can go anywhere and carry decent loads while doing so? If you're willing to sacrifice street legality and stick to off-road use, it turns out you can buy late-model kei trucks for… » 6/26/08 8:00am 6/26/08 8:00am

A Little TLC Will Get This Honda 600 Back On The Road. Well, No.

You don't see any Honda 600s on the street these days, although they didn't sell too badly back in the early 70s. You see them at car shows, and that's about it. That leads me to wonder where this example I spotted at an East Bay self-service wrecking yard has been hiding all these years. It looks like the interior is… » 6/05/08 3:00pm 6/05/08 3:00pm

Project Car Hell, 1958 Edition: Mercury Commuter or Vespa 400?

Yesterday's all-Corvette Choose Your Eternity poll resulted in the '68 just barely edging out the '69, no doubt due to the Jimi Hendrix connection. Now it's time to try a different type of theme; we haven't yet seen a selection of cars based on a model year alone, so today we're going with two vastly different- yet… » 2/14/08 5:00pm 2/14/08 5:00pm

More Japanese-Market Goodness: Subaru R2

In addition to barging into a Tokyo Toyota showroom and shooting the latest Century, the folks at Japanese Nostalgic Car Magazine proceeded to take their act down the street to the nearest Subaru dealership, where they got some nice photos of the new R2. Make the jump for more photos and Ben Hsu's description.

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Chicks Dig The Mirror-Waggling '84 Suzuki Cervo!

We love us some weird Japanese-market car ads, and this one for the Cerbo Cervo is downright puzzling. The Cerbo Cervo makes with the rakish side-mirror moves, and the ladies are just on it like ants on candy. » 1/24/08 11:30am 1/24/08 11:30am

DOTS Germany: Supermini Substop Delivery Truck

Job one when we made our way into Bamberg on the first day was to replace the anemic and poorly appointed Mercedes B-Class rental (seriously, how does that thing wear a star?) with a far more capable and comfortable Audi A4 mit 2.0 TDi. While we were on this mission, we came across this spectacular beauty. Making … » 12/24/07 3:30pm 12/24/07 3:30pm

Modify Your Town For The Honda 600!

Yes, Honda actually had to advertise their incredible 1971 600; apparently the lure of an air-cooled two-cylinder motorcycle engine powering a car approximately half the size of a typical American sedan just wasn't enough to make buyers stampede Honda's showrooms. The claim of 40MPG seems somewhat pessimistic,… » 10/26/07 8:00am 10/26/07 8:00am

Mazda Wants To Sell You A Gummi Car!

It's not quite up to the level of the brain-melting Starlet ad, but this Japan-market ad for the Mazda Carol keicar makes us feel like we're stuck in a vintage video game. And that's a good thing. » 9/06/07 3:30pm 9/06/07 3:30pm

Mazda Reveals Updated Scrum Vans

Perhaps the best part of living in Tokyo with your parents as a 29-year-old Web developer is the wide variety of vanlike vehicles at your disposal in the marketplace. Even at the micro, keicar level, such movable basements can provide the young, single male with the privacy mom and dad's flat never could. Mazda hears… » 7/31/07 5:09pm 7/31/07 5:09pm