Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

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Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

Postby Chris da Silva » Tue Nov 23, 2021 07:14

Hello, SCORE members.

I'm thinking of looking for an AZ-1 early next year to complete my "ABC" Team of Kei sports cars. (= Autozam - Beat - Cappuccino)

Does anyone out there know where I can get an English-language parts book and workshop manual for the AZ-1 so I can familiarize myself with the model? If English-language editions are not available, is there a web page I can download the said information?

As this model was manufactured in considerably smaller numbers than the Beat and Cappuccino, they're going to be very thin on the ground for obvious reasons. I've seen modified ones (fitted with Hyabusa engines, flared wheel arches etc.); but as a purist, I want a factory-original (that is, unmodified) example to accompany my factory-original "toys". :) :D
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Re: Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

Postby Ian Linden » Tue Nov 23, 2021 10:20

I'm afraid its the same story as for the Type 3 Cappuccino, the EA21R. The AZ-1 and its Suzuki cousin, the Cara, were never exported from Japan by the manufacturers, so there is no English language documentation specific to the cars. I believe the engine is the same as the EA11R Cappuccino.

The expert in the club is Marcel Spoelstra, who has one. His website is http://www.suzuki-collection.com/.
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Re: Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

Postby Chris da Silva » Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:35

Hello Ian

Yes, you're dead right! The AZ-1 uses the EA11R engine; but that's all I know about it. The engine layout is exactly the same as the Honda Beat (rear-mounted, transverse).

BTW, I did try to contact Marcel some years ago through the SCORE site for another query regarding the Cappuccino, but he never replied! Surely, there's got to be another club member who is also equally knowledgeable about the Autozam and whom I can contact (through this site); but I'll wait and see who will respond to my query. (Marcel can't be the only fella who owns an AZ-1!)

Out of curiosity, did the AZ-1/Cara ever come with an automatic gearbox? Or is the 5-speed manual box the only option for its entire production run?
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Re: Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

Postby Ian Linden » Tue Nov 23, 2021 15:11

According to this page on Marcel's website http://www.suzuki-collection.com/cara/01c4769584131e341/01c4769584131cb3e/index.htm, only 5 speed.

Chris da Silva wrote:Marcel can't be the only fella who owns an AZ-1!


Marcel has some other owners on his site, but I don't know that any of them are members.
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Re: Another companion to the Cappuccino and Beat ....

Postby Chris da Silva » Tue Nov 23, 2021 15:28

Thanks Ian.

I can try contacting Marcel again; but if the last attempt I made is anything to go by, I will have drawn a blank - again!

I'll give this another go and see what happens and keep you up to date on this second attempt.

Cheers. :)
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