Just one of the many wonderful children of the late-80s Japanese asset price bubble. A concept car for the streets, as if plucked straight from the 1987 Tokyo Motor Show..
Nissan's Pike cars to the Mazda/Suzuki Autozam AZ-1 - which manage to represent the era they were developed so perfectly. It's silliness that doesn't come around often..
I genuinely always thought these were a good looking thing. It's certainly more of a quirky cruiser than the sporty styling suggests.. but not everything has to be fast. You want dynamic excitement? Loosen a couple wheel nuts..
..speaking of which; while this example has had the two most major 'options' fitted (the elaborate Super Live Sound System and auto trans), the options list was seemingly chucked aside from there! Most of the Seras I've seen are sporting a pretty set of teardrop alloys very similar in style to the hubcap above. Luckily it's never too late.
..to an interior just as unique as the exterior..
...well, other than a few familiar and awfully-out-of-place pieces!
"The speaker orientation changes from the upper to the lower position when switched from the Casual to the Funky mode. The speaker orientation is switched to give the effect of "presence" by spreading the sound reflected by the rear window or for reproducing direct sound from the speaker. This function helps the DSP have effective sound field control..."
Oh yeah, they're motorized..
..which is as good a segue as any to shove in a shot of Sera's.. urgh... errr.. not a 4E-FTE. Yep, while there's an extra 200cc of capacity on the side of the Sera's standard-fit 5E-FHE, it's just quite enough to make up for the forced induction on the EP82 Starlet GT's 4E-FTE.
Still.. over 100PS and 7000rpm, less than 1000kg of tin; whatever.. it'll do.
Moving on again now, because...
Actually that reminds me..
..how the hell did the dealer's listing above not include an entire exterior set with the bloody doors open? Isn't that what you do when given this opportunity?!
Let's play the Google Images confirm-my-point-with-results game:
...yeah, there's a pattern there. As if to irk me as much as car shows on grass; that DMC-12 I'm strolling past at a car show? You better believe those doors are open...
..but nope. That was it. There it was. What a bloody shame..
Would absolutely love to go for a spin in an unmodified one of these one day. A tremendous little time-warp of a thing.