Real or Model #53 FINISHED!
Posted 05 September 2008 - 04:23 AM
It's REAL! It's a 1998 Subaru Samba, a tiny VW lookalike that belongs in a Japanese class of tiny cars known as "kei" cars. These Sambas are often disguised to look like baby VW vans by adding a VW logo to the front. A few more examples:
Next ROM coming Monday!
Posted 05 September 2008 - 09:52 AM
Regulations limit the size, displacement (less than 660cc) and power of these little cars, but they're still popular in Japan because of small, narrow roads and limited parking space in urban areas.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:08 AM
Edit: Found the website of the company that makes them. Definitely not coming from Subaru.
VW Bus Replica on Kei Car
I found a few listings for them for sale, and they're listed as aftermarket.
Only the Kei Car website (where I guess you got the image) seems to say they were factory, but that website doesn't convince me just because they claim it. Automakers are very protective of their trademarks, especially VW.
Edited by Zoom Zoom, 05 September 2008 - 11:27 AM.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:14 AM
They do look a LOT like a VW van. I'm going to check some more and try to find out a little more info.
Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:30 AM
"The Subaru Sambar is an automobile built by automaker Subaru for the Japanese market. It is available in microvan and pickup truck body styles and adheres to kei car guidelines. Still flourishing in the Japanese automotive industry, the Sambar continues to be produced in Japan, China, Korea, as well as in Finland with a joint venture with Elcat Automotive. With a few modifications the Subaru can be mistaken for the 60's classic VW 'Samba'. All variations & models are available to order through Subaru Sambar..."
The way I understand it, the "Sambar" came from Subaru, but they also offered a "custom" version that looks like a VW "Samba".
At least that's how I understand it.
Why VW's lawyers aren't all over this is the part I don't understand...
Posted 05 September 2008 - 11:36 AM
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Posted 05 September 2008 - 05:23 PM
I just found this... a "stock" model???
I think it is too!
I think they called that one the "classic".
At least it's not a Mitsuoka
Posted 06 September 2008 - 03:53 PM