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Suzulight Fronte [ edit ]

Suzulight Fronte TLA (1962-63)

The Suzulight Van -based TLA Fronte was introduced in March 1962 as a passenger car version of the popular light van. 2,565 were built in the first year. [ 1 ] Power was 25PS (18kW) at 6000rpm, from a unique engine (also called TLA) with its cylinders cast separately rather than in a single block. Of 360cc (64.0 × 56.0mm) this method allowed for a lower production cost and better cooling, allowing Suzuki to price the TLA below the more spartan TL Van. [ 2 ]


Fronte 360 [ edit ]

1968 Fronte SS 360 as driven by Stirling Moss

The LC10 was introduced with great fanfare and a large marketing campaign, which included television commercials. First reaching dealerships on 27 May 1967, market response was immediate and strong. While the original target production was 3,000 per month, this was soon nearly tripled.

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Monthly production remained above 8,000 until the end of the LC10’s life. [ 13 ] While in overall a fairly simple and light car, the triple carburettors were awkwardly located at the front of the engine, behind the rear seat. To adjust them, a mechanic would have to reach through a small egg-shaped opening from the rear seat. [ 11 ] The rear lights and the front indicators used the same lenses, only of different colors. There was even a brochure made of a US-market Fronte 360, complete with miles-per-hour speedo and uncovered sealed-beam headlights, but most likely none were brought over. [ 14 ]

In November, 1968 came the Suzuki Fronte SS 360 with 36hp (27kW), with the sportier yet Suzuki Fronte SSS to follow in April 1970. The SS was the quickest kei-car yet, managing to break the twenty second barrier in reaching 400metres from standing with 19.95seconds. [ 9 ] The car had different wheels and also featured a rev counter. [ 11 ] It was introduced with an unusual marketing stunt: racing driver Stirling Moss and TT -winning motorcycle racer Mitsuo Itoh were engaged to drive two SS Frontes (one red, one pale yellow) on a high-speed demonstration journey along Italy’s 750km (466mi) Autostrada del Sole leading from Milan to Napoli. In the end, the average speed attained was 122.44km/h (76.08mph), respectable for a car with an engine smaller than those of most motorcycles. [ 15 ] The original car currently resides in Suzuki’s museum in Hamamatsu .

From January 1969 there was also an export version, the Suzuki Fronte 500 with the engine enlarged to 475cc. The 500 produces 29PS (21kW) at 6,000rpm, four more than does the original 360 export version. In the domestic market, the Fronte competed directly with the Mitsubishi Minica.

Daihatsu Fellow. and the Subaru 360. Production ended in October 1970, in advance of the succeeding Stingray Fronte. [ 9 ]

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