Vantastic Is The Word That Pops Into Mind

The Daihatsu Mira Walk-Through Van is one of those things that could only come from Japan, a place where a coffin is considered to be a flat.

Now, I love the Volkswagen Fridolin. I really do. But what if you're looking for something smaller, right? You start wondering about kei cars. Because Kei cars are the best at being tiny but still practical. And I have a soft spot for Daihatsus.

On walk-through van bodies were available right from the start with the first generation Mira appearing in 1980, positioned under the high-selling Charade compact.

Its back doors could be divided...

Vantastic Is The Word That Pops Into Mind

...open just upwards...

Vantastic Is The Word That Pops Into Mind

...or be folded like on a bus:

Vantastic Is The Word That Pops Into Mind

While the Mira was available with a turbocharged three-cylinder engine and all-wheel drive, and although I'm not sure which body style came with which powertrain, you could surely jam any part from one to another, ending up with a four-wheel drive turbo walk-through van that's only 78 inches tall and have a four-speed manual. Imagine that!

While the number of gears could climb up to five with the fourth-generation Mira in 1994 now producing 55 horsepower, the walk-through van died four years later with the next generation. Still, it's not like fresh styling was needed to keep owners happy...

Vantastic Is The Word That Pops Into Mind

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