Daihatsu Midget Trucks, Japan

Daihatsu Midget Trucks, Japan

Daihatsu Midget Trucks, Japan

 

Daihatsu Midget Trucks, Japan

The Daihatsu Midget is a single-seater mini-truck that comes as a 3 wheeled (pre-1996) and 4 wheeled (post-1996) variant manufactured by Japanese automaker Daihatsu Motors. Several different vehicles have borne the Midget name over the years, but all have had in common a single or two-seat utilitarian design, with an enclosed or semi-enclosed cab. The Daihatsu Midget truck is can be had from the factory with an enclosed cargo bed.

Popular aftermarket options include turf or Trax tires, plows, salters, refrigerated beds, dump beds, scissor lifts, cranes and all kind of customizable signage. Each Daihatsu Midget truck is equipped with a 659-cc three-cylinder engine pumping out 31 horsepower, and each Midget weighs around 1256 lbs.

Generations of Daihatsu Midget Trucks

 

First Generation (1957–1972)

In 1957:- The original Daihatsu DKA Midget was introduced. It featured a 3 wheel, a single seat, a doorless cab, and handlebar steering. The engine was an air-cooled two-stroke single-cylinder design of 250cc (ZA) which produced 8 PS (6 kW).

In 1959:- Beginning in August 1959 it was replaced by the more comfortable DSA Midget, which has doors and a more powerful 10 PS (7 kW) version of the ZA engine. Maximum cargo capacity was also increased with this version of Midget, from 300 to 350 kg (660 to 770 lb).

Daihatsu Midget 1st Gen

There was also a rare 2-seat version (DSAP), with the passenger seat offset to the left behind the driver seat. This required a longer passenger compartment, which encroached on the cargo area.

 

MP Series

 

In 1959:- The Daihatsu MP2 Midget truck was introduced in Japan, updated with some features such as a steering wheel, doors, and seating for two people. The engine was the same (ZA) air-cooled two-stroke one-cylinder design with 10 PS (7 kW) but an extra 80 kg (180 lb) made for a sluggish vehicle. The Daihatsu DSA Midget continued to be built alongside the more expensive MP variants into the early 60s. Upcoming revisions to the MP design were soon made, resulting in the model MP3 which has the larger ZD engine of 305cc which produced 12 PS (9 kW).

In 1960:- The 200 mm (7.9 in) longer Daihatsu MP4 Midget arrived, featuring roll-up door windows.

In 1961:- There are some changes also made in 1961. The doors of Midget were modified, now incorporating a triangular vent window and a chromed side strip.

In 1962:- The final iteration, the Daihatsu MP5 Midget, arrived. It was again somewhat larger than the earlier MP4 Midget truck, with maximum length up to 2,970 mm (117 in) and cargo space increased by 100 mm (3.9 in), to a total of 1,260 mm (50 in). As a matter of fact, nearly all body panels were altered in some way, redesigned doors, with new marker lights installed, a blunter and more rounded front, bigger vent openings in front of the doors' leading edge, and finally a solid metal roof rather than the earlier fabric-covered opening. The MP5 also gained more chrome trim, around the headlamps and elsewhere.

In 1969:- New safety regulations required certain lighting changes, a driver's side headrest, and seatbelts. The MP5 Midget truck remained in production until December 1971, and on sale into 1972. It is one of the first mini-truck manufactured by the Japanese automaker Daihatsu, known for its low cost, practical vehicles. Almost exclusively used as an autorickshaw (or 'tuk-tuk') the Daihatsu Midget mini-truck was also a well-known icon of public transportation in South Asia. Not meant for performance, this obscure vehicle does weave through larger traffic well, despite the fact that it only has 3 wheels. These original tuk-tuks (autorickshaw) are a little harder to find in modern times.

 

Second generation (1996–2002)

Daihatsu Midget 2nd Gen

In 1996:- Daihatsu manufactured a four-wheeled Kei truck Midget with four-wheel drive (4WD) or air conditioning as options from 1996 to 2002. As Kei mini trucks, they were equipped with 660 cc engines.

In 1993:- The Daihatsu Midget II was introduced as a concept at the 1993 Tokyo Motor Show. There are 2 types of engine available, differentiated by the injection type, one being electronic. Both are identical in width and height, but the Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) version is shorter by 75mm.

They are available in a 1-seater or 2-seater configuration, with automatic transmissions and manual transmissions available. The Midget minitrucks are often taken advantage of by owners of bars in Japan, as they are a perfect size to haul around kegs. This Daihatsu Midget Kei truck is somewhat unusual in that the spare tire is mounted on the front.

 

Daihatsu Midget Line up

 

Daihatsu Midget I Truck

The light truck Daihatsu midget-I sold from August 1957 to January 1972 are 3-wheeled, manufactured by Daihatsu Motors. The Daihatsu Midget-I features a single seat, a doorless cab, a handlebar steering. The first Daihatsu midget truck became explosively popular after a television show.
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Daihatsu Midget I Truck

 

Daihatsu Midget II Truck

Daihatsu Midget II
The Daihatsu Midget II, debuted in 1996 to meet modern standards for the same design ideas. At less than 9.5' long and barely over 4' wide, the Midget II fits easily into Japan's "Kei class truck" and can park just about anywhere. To maximize the usable space of the small design, the spare tire is mounted on the nose. Daihatsu Midget II was available with open truck beds, enclosed van bodies, and with one or two seats. The cargo capacity is only 150kg (330 lbs.), but then the truck only weighs 1,257 lbs. by itself. Although out of production, the Midget II enjoys a strong fan base in Japan.
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