The Charade's ill-considered name didn't help its North American sales any, but perhaps Daihatsu would have moved more of them off the showroom floor if they'd pushed its glorious racing history over here.

With 993 screamin' cubic centimeters of pure 3-banger power under the hood, the Charade had what it took to make kids cover their ears as it buzzed past. But for real off-road madness, you needed the '82 Daihatsu Atrai microvan, which we see keeping up with a phalanx of dirt-bikers.