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G'day everyone. My name is Daniel O'Grady and welcome to another
Wasabicars video. Thank yo all very much for joining me and
thank you for your comments. A commenter of note that I'd like to point
out is MisterPeetBull. Thank you so much for jumping in and getting
involved and taking the time to let me know your opinion.
Much appreciated. Today's car, what is it?
It's a Cony Guppy. I have seen some pictures of this car, old
pictures, on Facebook. It's doing the rounds lately, so that's interesting
that people are diving into the histories of the JDM scene.
Very, very interesting. It was not built by any known manufacturer.
Aichi Kikai Kogyo; they've since been absorbed by (the) Nissan Motor Company, and the company
continues to this day building a Nissan minivan of some description.
I forget the name and it doesn't interest me anyway. Minivan/modern, uninteresting to
me. So, they still exist today as a child company
to Nissan. This particular car, Cony Guppy, was built
in 1961 to 1962, and they built 4,645 of these. Quite impressive, yeah?
I mean, for a car with a short life, back in the day, a hand-built car. That sounds
impressive to me. Now, the engine.
Very small. 199cc, two-stroke, one-cylinder, 11 horsepower. Automatic transmission. Again,
that sounds impressive as does the suspension. four-wheel independent suspension.
Sounds good, yeah? For 1961.
Unfortunately, the car was so light that that suspension and the road conditions, it just
didn't allow for the car to be very stable. That was one of the reasons why it wasn't
such a success. Let's check out the outside of the car.
It's so small. It really is like a Mighty Boy of your parents generation.
A few things that stand out... In the front, there's no engine.
The engine is mounted in the chassis and behind the seat, and you can access the engine via
the tray in the back. And something that really stands out are those
indicators on the side of the car. They are just saying, Look at me!
They almost look like a siren. The tail-lights at the back are pretty minimal.
And you can see that it has air-vents coming in from the side, in front of the rear wheel,
behind the doors. Suicide doors, which was a pretty popular
thing in the time. Interior; very, very bare. Every example I've
seen there seems to be a missing panel on the passenger side, in the dash.
I don't really know why that is. Because, there is that panel on the driver's
side. The ignition key, some accessories...
It's just got a, um... what do you call that? Oh my god. I'm forgetting English. Speedometer!
That's it! It's a speedometer. And that thing on the dash looks to be an ashtray. Pretty
important accessory back in the day. Oh, and it's got one of those hand-brakes
that you pull from the dash. That's where they should be nowadays.
Much easier, yeah? Okay, I'm going to head off.
Thank you all very much once again for joining me.
Question of the day. Question of the day relates to my day today,
because I went to the park and took some vision of the beautiful cherry blossoms and the blue
skies. So rare in Japan. And also, it's a cultural
event the cherry blossoms. They bloom for a very short period of time
and the rain wipes them out, so to see them is an impressive thing.
It goes into that Samurai, fleeting beauty... thing. It really does tie in with the Japanese
culture and the Japanese people so deeply. Anyway, it was nice to see.
I'm happy to show you other aspects of Japanese culture. I've been sticking to the cars, and
there's so much more on offer. So, what's the question of the day?
What is the question of the day? How can I tie that in?
In your culture, what is the cultural day that really speaks to you?
Back when I was living in Australia, Australia day, BBQ's, beaches, BBQ's with the family
at Ironbark Gully in Ferny Grove in Brisbane. Hot weather.
That spoke to me. It's all different for me now.
Anyway, thank you all very much. So, what was your cultural day? What's the
day? How does it speak to you? I'd love to hear.
I'm going to head off. I'm struggling with English. I just don't speak enough. I don't
speak to English speakers. Take it easy everyone.