Alas, the poor Samurai. Like its namesake, Suzuki’s SUVlet was right only for a specific time and place. The mid-80s USA was neither. Nevertheless, it’s a great little platform on which to build a compact trail rig. Rarely do people complain about the boxy 80s Japanese aesthetic, but our seller here saw fit to rebody one with a 1936 GMC front clip and custom made dump bed.
Looking past the purple paint, 1992tastic wheels, “Mongrol” (SIC) decals and lack of a roof, this thing’s actually pretty awesome. The swoopy front fenders swallow 33″ tires and the rear mini-bed can haul landscaping materials, hay bales or (as the seller suggests) hogs. Pardon my City Boy ignorance, but that’s what a “hog hauler” does, right? It’s not some country euphemism? I won’t even speculate as to whether said hogs are alive or not…
Remember, it’s roughly the size of today’s side-by-side UTV type vehicles, but still street legal. Titled as a ’36 GMC, it’s exempt from pretty much everything in states that care about such things. Before hitting the street, it’ll need a host of clean-up activities to deal with squishy brakes, wiring and “some rust”.
The seller’s only asking $1975 for it, which really isn’t too greedy depending on the nature of the rust (and a billion other details). Auction ends Monday!