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Sold 1980 Daihatsu Charade XG

1980 Daihatsu Charade XG




“The Car Created By Computer” was Daihatsu’s first foray into the passenger car market since the Compagno models of the 1960s, and trail-blazed the light car segment.

Charade was well ahead of its time, when most of the established names were rolling out rear-wheel driven cars, the Charade even in the late 70s was front wheel driven.

Back in the 80s, if you were to buy a 1000cc hatchback you had the liberty to choose among Suzuki Swift, Toyota Starlet, Nissan Pulsar, Mazda Familia, Subaru J10 & the Daihatsu Charade, with each available in multiple trim levels, multiple interior colors & engine configurations. Among all the available options, Daihatsu Charade was the most popular hatchback, not only in that era, but even after more than 30 years it can still be seen on our roads in considerable numbers & most of them are quite well maintained too.


  • Mint Condition
  • Only 4 actual owners - one for 27 years.
  • 5 door hatchback in 5 speed manual - really cheap on gas
  • Recently serviced - comes with some maintenance records
  • Original handbook and tool kit and spare wheel - new scizzors jack.
  • Rust free body - very straight car and very good paintwork.
  • Starts first pop - bit of choke and away she goes.
  • Runs and drives beautifully.
  • Everything works.
  • Great wee Japanese Classic really that's becoming very sought after nowadays.

Japanese cars are now hot property. This development shouldn’t be too surprising when you consider that 1980s–90s cars are experiencing the biggest increases and remember how thoroughly Japan dominated that era.

The country produced everything from the world’s best compact hatches, pickups to the most sophisticated sports cars in those years, along with the sort of cool niche automobiles that get approved when automakers have lots of profit to play with. No surprise, that stuff is all appreciating right now. In first part of 2021, many of them saw their biggest increases ever.

Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.



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