1995 Daihatsu Mira L210 - RAC Rally CarSOLD

AutoSport 2007 Auction, The NEC - Birmingham UK, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: ú3,500-6,000

Although its roots can be traced back to 1907, the Daihatsu brand name was not used until 1951. After producing three-wheelers, Daihatsu built its first four wheelers in 1958. Even from the start, the company, now part of Toyota, has specialised in small-capacity passengers cars and four-wheel-drive off-roaders. In 1966 the Compagno had the distinction of being the first Japanese car to be imported, very briefly, into the UK.
The small car range was dominated by the little Domino and Charade models, mostly with three-cylinder engine, including a tiny sub-1.0-litre diesel. The ultimate three-cylinder model was the turbocharged Charade GTti, which managed 99bhp from its 993cc engine.

Japan's domestic tax laws brought about a unique generation of tiny K-class city-cars, which had to comply with strict performance and dimensions rules. Daihatsu's Cuore, with a twin-cylinder 547cc engine, first appeared in 1976. This was joined a decade later by the Leeza, with the turbo version producing 50bhp.

Daihatsu's first 4WD off-roader was the utility Taft, available with engines from 1.0 petrol to 2.5-litre diesel. The Fourtrak, launched in 1985, is more a working than lifestyle off-roader. The Sportrak, which was introduced in 1990, is aimed at the leisure market, although it has been left behind by newer vehicles such as Honda's CR-V or the Toyota RAV4.

The Daihatsu Mira (or Cuore as it is known in most export markets) was introduced as one of these Japanese K-class city cars, offering a complete yet diminutive packet with a wheel on each corner. Powered by a 660 cc 3 cylinder petrol engine, the car was also available with 4 wheel drive.

Taking into account Daihatsu's long and successful rally history, it was only natural that a rally version of this popular small car was developed.

The example on offer here first saw the light of day as a works Perodua Kancil, which is the trading name of Daihatsu in Malaysia. Built in 1995, it went on to win its class in the 1996 Malaysian Rally. Not surprising when one considers the technical specification of the car: the engine produces a whopping 135bhp out of the small 660 cc engine, power is being transmitted by a 4 wheel drive system.

The specification includes too much to list here, the car is described by the vendor as in good overall condition. Not less than 4 sets of wheels for different road surfaces with either very good or even new tyres as well as lots of new and used spares A new turbo charger has recently been fitted, naturally the car has a full roll cage with door bars, sparco seats, fire extinguishers and fully adjustable suspension, to name but a few. This exciting and very quick stage rally car comes complete with the English V5 document, FIA Rally papers and the RAC competition car log book. An inexpensive entry into rallying!

Reference Number 5541

as of 12/23/2006

Car 1995 Daihatsu Mira L210 - RAC Rally Car
VIN LZ105-501939