Can you think of a more attention-getting car to have in Monterey than a gullwing?
You could spend $1.4 million for a Mercedes. Or you could pay $17,000 for the 1992 SCM Autozam AZ-1.
This is the first year it is legal to import this car into the United States.
The Autozam joined the SCM collection a few months ago, and we will drive it down the Pacific Coast from Portland to Monterey for Car Week.
We’d like it to be a one-way trip. We can deliver the Autozam to you at the beginning of Monterey Car Week and you can have the most bang-for-the-buck car on The Peninsula.
A “Kei” car, the Autozam has a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that puts out 63 horsepower, with a weight of 1,600 pounds. It’s a hoot to drive.
It has a 5-speed manual gearbox, and it’s fully equipped with working a/c.
The 6-digit odometer shows 57,468 km or about 35,708 miles. This appears to be accurate, but we have no documentation to support that.
The importer we bought it from specializes in these cars and said this one of the best he had seen.
It has the optional floor mats and roof sunshades. We installed a U.S. radio. The driver’s seat shows wear on the bolster, and we stitched up a tear in the headrest.
The gearbox synchro when shifting into first at a stop is a little weak, but careful shifting takes care of that.
We have not discovered any other issues during our time with the car. We will have our mechanic here go over the car — and give it an oil change — before we head to Monterey.
Frankly, I love this car, both for the pocket-rocket performance and its unusual appearance.
But you can’t keep them all, so it’s time for it to go.
We’re asking $17,000 for the car, based on what we’ve seen similar models go for. We will deliver it with a clean Oregon Title.
Make the Autozam your ride of distinction this August! Text or call me at 1.503.970.1070, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take the Autozam from our garage and put it into yours!