Daihatsu Charade | Unique Cars and Parts

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Daihatsu Charade

For 1981, newest and most innovative crisis car was unquestionably the Daihatsu , a five door hatchback proved exceptionally economical.

The Charade was the star performer petrol-engined vehicles in the 1980 Total Oil Economy Run, a staggering 5.4 litres per 100 kilometres the 1600 km course, which mountainous conditions and had to be negotiated at average speeds that some energetic driving, by crews of the smaller cars.

It shouldn’t have come a surprise, the Charade being from the ground up to ensure fuel economy.

In fact, employed extensive computer when adopting the unconventional three-cylinder engine for fitment to the and they certainly got it right so so that the engine offered an 10 percent better power and 15 percent better fuel than a four cylinder of similar capacity.

The more compact size enabled the engine to be mounted in line with a five gearbox. Weight was kept to a it weighing in at a very modest

The attention to detail allowed the to set new standards in the mini car class, it well above its station.

Daihatsu Charade

was not one of the greater points, the Charade 19.5 seconds to reach 100 from standstill, although it did a top speed of 140km/h, allowing it to highway cruising speeds too much effort.

But it was in the city where the Charade the tight turning circle and comfort making it a popular as a new car at a price point normally for second hand vehicles. room was limited in the rear, luggage space was also small. There were models, the basic sedan, the XO and the top of the XTE.

All came equipped with a windscreen, front disc steel belted radial ply childproof rear door reclining front seats, mud flaps and a radio. The XTE also with a tachometer, rear wiper and washer, a clock, upholstery and an AM/FM radio. could further option cars with air-conditioning.

The clever design, combined then modern mass-production facilities that allowed to market the Charade at a very price. So efficient was the production that one rolled out of the factory 38 seconds, allowing a combined of some 10,000 cars per

At the time, the Charade was the least “freely available” sedan in although availability was severely by the import quota’s of the day. But waxing lyrical over the Daihatsu, it was not without its foibles. understeer and a pronounced lurching when driven quickly corners tarnished the drivability of the and when combined with the and irritating engine vibration and of the build quality, many forgot the cheap price.

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