The Suzuki Carry is a pickup manufactured by the Japanese company Suzuki Motor Corporation. In Japan, the Carry complies with the standards of the Kei car both in its motorization and its external measures
However, the export model historically always had differences with
the original both in the engine, or in more recent models to comply with safety
standards. In the international market, the name Carry remains the denomination
for all versions since 1979.
Then, Suzuki Motor Corporation in 2005 decided to discontinue the export versions of its Every and Carry models, and its replacement is the Suzuki APV, manufactured in Indonesia. Therefore, the only way to get the classic 25 years old Suzuki Carry is by importing the vehicle from a trusted Japanese car exporter. If this is what you need, you can contact us on whatsapp at +81 90 8832 6621 or email us at [email protected] for more information. We are super responsive!
We always physically check all the trucks
to ensure there is no rust. Most of the areas in Japan have heavy snowfall
during the winter. Therefore, it’s easy to develop the rust in the engine or
This kind of truck is not what we want to
deal with. Body rust to a certain extent, is possible and could be ignored
considering we are talking of old models. Buying from the auction is very
competitive. So, we get the Kei trucks most of the time directly from the
dealers like Suzuki, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Honda, and Daihatsu. Making a direct
deal with them allows me to offer you better quality at a lower price.
The Carry is manufactured with a self-supporting structure. Only for
the Japanese market (JDM) is offered with an option to rear-wheel drive or
four-wheel drive. There are also options for the Western market with air conditioner
and automatic transmission
What Suzuki Carry Has to Offer
The first model of Carry was much more conventional. Although it was
small, it had a hood and a small cargo box. It also had a van version that
looked more like a ranch wagon. As of 1961, they had a 360 cm3
engine, two cylinders and 2-stroke, mounted horizontally under the cargo area.
The starter and dynamo were combined; both functions were performed
by the same machine and mounted directly in front of the crankshaft. Later
models, in the seventies, had 3-cylinder engines in line of 550 cm3,
and up to 660 cm3 to comply with the Kei car standards that were
updated over the years.
In contrast, export models were offered with engines with higher
cubic capacity and 4-cylinder 797, 970, 1298 and up to 1590 cm3
depending on the market. Having motor plants larger than their similar
Japanese, Suzuki then installed it under the front seats. However, the engine
location of the Japanese model went almost to the center of the vehicle.
Best-Selling Suzuki Carry Generations
Throughout the years, we can say that the Carry model is one of the most widespread classic models in the world. It is popular in both East and West. Although in Asia, it is where it spreads the most. The Carry was also imported or manufactured in other markets, with different names such as Bedford Rascalin on England.
#1 Suzuki ST20 and ST80 (1976 – 1979)
Previously, this vehicle was only referred
to as “van” or “minivan,” since it had no commercial name.
One of its curiosities is that it originally came with a 2-stroke engine,
probably 360 cm3. Then, it was offered with an Otto cycle 4-cylinder
engine with 797 cm3 displacement (for the ST80).
It had a 4-speed transmission, in addition
to the reverse gear. It came both in a pickup and as a van or minibus. The
latter version has three rows of seats and the classic “scooter type”
wheels with small bolts on its inner edge with 10 inches diameter to meet the
standard in the Japanese domestic market (JDM).
#2 Suzuki ST90 (1979-1985)
The ST90 1979 was the true principle of the
1982 version, its later generations. Although it had an intense competition
with Subaru (Subaru 1978, with 600 or Sambar in Japan) Daihatsu (since 1976
with the 55 Wide) and Mitsubishi (since 1980 with the L100) were already
established, but Suzuki took the lead.
Thanks to that, its export model offered a
4-cylinder 797 cm 3 and 41 HP. It is much more robust than its competition,
which provided an original taste of Kei car vans or pickups. Another factor
that made the ST90 model successful at the time was that it came with 12-inch
diameter wheels, larger drum brakes on all four wheels.
Unlike the small 10-wheel-type
“scooter-type” wheels of its competitor (except the Mitsubishi L100
and Subaru Sambar 600 with 4WD, which had common tires)
The Suzuki ST90 in Japan had excellent
sales between 1980 and 1982, the minibus with three seats being the most current
version. Despite having almost 30 years in tow, it is still seen regularly in
the now diverse car park in the Japan countryside due to its simplicity
Its low cost of spare parts, its
availability, its carrying capacity are just perfect. It had a slight restyling
in 1983, where Suzuki changed the front side to be more rounded one and with
some striking plastic finishes, in bright gray. Its dashboard and steering
wheel changed slightly in design and became a creamy hue regardless of the
color of his body. They also bring new colors, but without technical changes.
There was also a van or minibus model of the ST90 with a high roof.
#3 Suzuki Carry SK408 and Super Carry SK410 (1986-1999)
Suzuki commercially called Carry the SK408
model that came with the same F8A engine of the ST90. It was only exported between
1986 and 1987. It is the year the first units of the “Super Carry SK410”
Although it was based on the Suzuki ST90, Suzuki Super Carry was a substantial improvement of this model. Its body is higher and more robust. Its suspension and its transmission are reinforced, the same its direction. Although it continued to offer four-wheel drum brakes, its perceived quality was superior to its predecessor.
#4 Suzuki Carry SK413 and Mastervan (1999-2006)
The Carry SK413 is the latest model with
that designation. It is also the last Suzuki model manufactured in Japan in this
export segment. They have several improvements over the Super Carry, such as convex
front side to increase its safety. However, it makes the appearance of the
vehicle change a lot.
However, this model had carried a G13BB
1.3-liter machine with 16 valves and a single camshaft, which dispenses 77
horses. The van only weighed 770 kilos and has 13-inch wheels. The Carry SK413 came
in two versions, the pickup with folding railings and the van.
A newer version also arrived after that in
the shape of a minibus. It is called Mastervan in the South American market. Technically,
it is the same as the Carry SK413. In Japan, there is a luxurious version
called Every Landy. We can say that the Mastervan is a basic version of that
It has a 3-row seat (the last two has no
headboards, as always, unlike its Japanese version). The sliding windows in the
central doors were replaced with a single glass hoist zippers and came with an option
to the electric window and central locking of doors.
The Mastervan also comes with a higher roof,
and its interior finishes are done more carefully. This time, the 3-row seat versions were very
well received and the resale is very good at a high price in the used market. This model is even still in production in India
under the name Versa.
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