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 the suspension.

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” arrived

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 Japanese model.

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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