Suzuki Fronte 360

October 27th, 2014 | 0 Comments | Suzuki

The Suzuki Fronte 360 is two-door sedan was introduced in March 1967 instead of the earlier Suzuki Suzulight. The “Y-16”, as project had been known, had a rear engine and ten inch wheels for maximum packaging. The car appeared in the 1961 project “FC”, with a rear-engine but the doors and rear-hinged, a reverse-angle rear window and an overall rakish profile. The previous stillborn FC project, a response to the success of the rear-Ned Subaru 360, had a unique 360 cc two-cylinder engine.

The general shape is roundish profile, soon to be called “Daruma” for a Japanese doll Bartender poly, this is the smallest car to use the “coke bottle styling” which became popular in the United States for the model year 1965. The wheelbase 1,960 mm (77.2 in), independent suspension coil springs and the engine was an all Suzuki Fronte 360cc three-cylinder air-cooled two-cycle unit which was also called the LC10. Transfer to a four-speed manual, start with synchromesh on the top three gears only. In a break with the front of the front-wheel drive culture, the powertrain was placed transversely in the rear, as it becomes the norm for Kei cars. The Suzuki Fronte LC10  was dubbed the “Queen of the keis” by Suzuki marketing department of a claim that may have influenced the Subaru to name their 360 winning the “Rex”.

The LC10 was introduced with great fanfare and a large marketing campaign, which included television. First to reach dealerships 27 May 1967, the rapid reaction of markets and strong. Although the original production target was 3,000 per month, this is almost three times. Monthly production remained above 8.000 until the end of the LC10. While the overall vehicle a simple and light, the carburetors triple was awkwardly located at the front of the engine, behind the rear seat. To fix them, the mechanic will have access through the opening of a small egg-shaped from the rear seat. Rear lights and front indicators used the same lens, only in different colors. There was even a note made ​​by a US-market Suzuki Fronte 360, complete with miles-per-hour Speedo and reveals the sealed-beam headlights, but most likely no one brought over.

In November, 1968 the Suzuki Fronte 360 SS with 36 hp (27 kW), with a sportier but Suzuki Fronte Sss follow in April 1970. The SS was quick and Kei-car yet, managing to break the two-second barrier in reaching the 400 meters standing 19.95 seconds. The car was different wheels and featured a counter-Rev. It began with an unusual marketing stunt: Uncoordinated driver Stirling Moss and TT-winning motorcycle racer Mitsuo Itoh marriage of the two driving SS Frontes (one red, one yellow timber) on the display of high-speed ride in Italy, 750 km autostrada del Sole leads from Milan to Napoli. Finally, the average speed attained was 122.44 km / h (76.08 mph), respectable for a car engine is smaller than those of many motorcycles. Original car currently resides Museum Suzuki in Hamamatsu.

From January 1969 there was an export version, the Suzuki Fronte 500 with the engine enlarged to 475 cc. The 500 produces 29 PS at 6,000 rpm, four more who made ​​360 export version of the original. Market studies, the front-running Mitsubishi minica, Daihatsu Fellow, and Production Subaru 360 was completed in October 1970, in advance of the next “Stingray” Fronte.

Suzuki Fronte 360 360cc Generation

The Suzulight Van-based GLB Front was launched in March 1962 as a car passenger version of the popular light van. 2,565 were built in the first year. Power was 25 PS (18 kW) at 6000 rpm, from a unique engine and its cylinders cast aside rather than in a single block. Of the 360 ​​cc (64.0 × 56.0 mm), this approach allowed for lower production costs and better house, allowing Suzuki to the price of the GLB below for more Spartan TL Van.

After the production of only one year of GLB, appear in a FEA engine, featuring SELMIX Automatic Lubrication systems, improved fuel economy and eliminated the need for pre-mixed fuel two-stroke engine. Power to the dam, to 21 PS (15 kW). The Suzuki Suzulight Fronte was based on the earlier Suzulight SS series, itself a copy of the straight forward or adult Lloyd LP400, and as such was mounted transversely two-cylinder, two-stroke engine driving the front wheels. Suspension was independent all four wheels, and the transverse double leafsprings on both axes.

In May 1963, two recently introduced FE-powered Suzuki Frontes entered their first and second class at the Japanese Grand Prix event (Class C1, for engines with less than 400 cc), and an average speed of 89.763 km/h. Frontes two came in fourth and eighth. The driver winning the Osamu Mochizuki who crossed the finish line just ahead of teammate Haruhisa Fujita, both a full minute ahead of third-placed Subaru 360. The fastest lap made ​​by Suzuki Fronte, by the eighth place finisher Amu Kawashima , who with a lap speed of 90.72 km / h (56.37 mph) around 6 km (3.7 mi) course.

In October 1965 further improve the CCI engine (Cylinder Crank Injection), which further cut oil consumption and begins to smoke. FEA-II engine and earned an extra horses, for a total of 22. FEA-II also received a new front-end treatment, ping its bigger brother Fronte 800 In 1966 this became known as the “FEA” after a little facelift. At the end of its production run (1967), the Suzuki Suzulight Fronte was beginning to look rather dated, especially the rear end, chassis and classical as well.

Suzuki Fronte 360 Estate / Custom

January 1969 saw the arrival of the Suzuki Fronte 360 Van three-door wagon (LS10) as the successor to the Suzuki Suzulight FE-Series Van had been built next to the LC10 for a couple years. The LS10 is installed on a conventional drive-train lay-out (engine in front, rear wheel drive), a rear axle rigid with leaf springs and a wheelbase of 1.995 mm (78.5 in). Design a square sheet, differ so radically different from Sedan Front. First, the opening of the back as a single unit, hinged at the top. The engine was air-cooled 356 cc two LC10-cycle three-cylinder unit, detuned to 25 hp (19 kW) for a top speed of 105 km/h. The Van has MacPherson struts in front and semi-elliptic leaf springs rear. Unusual Japanese cars, spare tire was mounted in the engine room – more often seen in French cars – to help more space loads.

By July 1969 came to a wagon version of the three-door intended for private use, the Suzuki Fronte Estate, to give the passenger car buyers a model with more luggage room than the dignity of having to buy a car commercial. The Estate was the top-hinged opening the rear, but is featured in a luxurious, while its base in the rear. There was also a its shelf loads the boot. Sops in a safe place, already in some way better than the regular Fronte location of the driver’s seat, the engine located to the back, covered the dashboard anti-glare and around the horn pad in the steering wheel.

Suzuki Fronte 360 Dijual

Suzuki Fronte 360 Dijual

In June, 1970 model Estate succeeded by the Suzuki Fronte Custom. The Custom was the same wagon body style but lacked a top opening at the rear. Although he received a new grille, perhaps to please the customer toilet and found the luggage room in the rear with opening the box lid -engined Fronte limited by disguising the fact that the wagon were involved. Fronte Custom became one of only two cars without opening the top of the back, one of the 1941-42 Chrysler Town and Country. Version of the Hi-Custom elegant and powerful over two months later, he added, but the whole range Custom removed in 1971 [26] Also in 1971 the Fronte Van received a minor facelift, including the grille somehow new new designs, and divided two-piece tailgate. The twin round taillights and rectangular units. This version also featured a new self-peelomabaka “CCIS” Suzuki’s system (Cylinder Crank Injection and Selmix).

Suzuki Fronte 360 Coupe

Suzuki Fronte 360 Coupe

In March 1972 the Fronte Van received the two-cylinder, two-stroke, water-cooled 28 hp L50 engine and is used in a Suzuki Carry, LS20 in the process. The new grille gave away the changes under the skin, as the principal “water cooled” badges on the rear. Besides the engine, the most important change that the rear lid is now once again a top-hinged single-piece unit. As before, the Standard, Deluxe, and the Super Deluxe versions exist. The Suzuki Fronte 360 was replaced in April 1973 by the strange looking Fronte Hatch.

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