Thursday, May 11, 2023

'67 Triumph Spitfire Mk.III hardtop

Definitely unusual to see such a beauty in my hometown, but it's undeniably eye-catching. This might be the first Triumph Spitfire that I have ever spotted on the wild.
Well, maybe the most surprising aspect is the stock engine still being under that hood, instead of having been replaced by a Chevette engine which used to be a fairly common adaptation to small British cars in Brazil...

Monday, May 08, 2023

2004 Suzuki GN 125 styled as a bobber

A model which sold quite well in Brazil from 2002 to 2017, the Suzuki GN 125 is still quite common to see either stock or modified to different extents. Having become some sort of cheap option for the folks who would otherwise get a Harley-Davidson, it's easy to see many with modifications inspired by some of the most traditional styles enjoyed by the Harley-Davidson owners and enthusiasts. This 2004 turned into a bobber is a good example of how the Suzuki GN 125 became popular for what could be seen as a makeshift Harley-Davidson lookalike...
Having been rebadged in Brazil as Suzuki Intruder 125, there is a minor cult-following to this model in the local market, as one of the few "affordable" cruiser-inspired motorcycles with a reasonable support both by the local representative of Suzuki back in the day and mostly by the aftermarket now, unlike so many Korean and more recently Chinese copies of some ancient Hondas which faded away as fast as they appeared. And even though its performance might not seem like the most exciting for the highway, it's undeniable the Suzuki GN 125 was quite well suited to the bobber styling.

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Chevrolet-based Santa Matilde SM4.1 convertible

One of those Brazilian cars made during the times when imports were prohibitively restricted, and one of the few not resorting to a Volkswagen-based powertrain, the Santa Matilde SM4.1 had the Chevrolet straight-six as the standard powertrain available both in gasoline and ethanol versions, and a much rare turbocharged version with the Chevrolet 4-cyl engine derived from the very same basic project of the straight-six, with the turbocharging implemented by Santa Matilde and avaliable only in an ethanol-powered setup. This convertible is of the 1987 model-year, fitted with the normal Chevrolet straight-six engine in the gasser version, and a manual transmission.