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My Cappuccino By Martyn Collins

I am not sure when I first became aware of the Suzuki Cappuccino. It could have been when I worked as a photographer for Brittany Ferries photographing the cars as they headed down to Spain on the Brittany Ferries Plymouth to Santander run. But one thing that always stuck in my mind was the Cappuccino’s good looks and the all round disc brakes.

Having always bought very practical cars with high load capacity but rather boring to drive, I wanted to buy a fun car for the summer so I had been looking on eBay for a small sports car. I looked at the Rover MGF and the Mazda MX5 but there seemed to be so many of them around that I decided to look for something different. It was then that I remembered the Cappuccino - a perfect fun car to be used on sunny days and to be a bit of a hobby to tinker with. After about 6 months of looking and bidding on various models and colours I found out more about these cars and what to look out for via the SCORE website. I was outbid on several Cappuccinos but finally I bought one in Bristol, only 38 miles from my home in Bridgwater.

The car looked ok, with just over 90, 000 miles on the clock. It was an original UK car in silver with CD and SS exhaust fitted and a new cam belt fitted around 75k. It had a small dent in the bonnet but I could live with that. I collected it and drove it home in a torrential downpour and the roof didn’t let in one drop, but the following day I inspected the under felt of the carpets and it was sodden with water. I dried this out and spent the following week polishing and refurbishing the alloy wheels. Next I painted the wheel callipers red and added an air induction filter which increases the whoosh noise when you take your foot off the accelerator. This always puts a smile on my face!

I repaired a small hole in the driver’s seat. I changed the oil and oil filter. Having looked around the car I found some welding work was needed but the sills and wings were not too bad, just a couple of small rust bubbles. I was then ready to take it for a drive with the roof down. Having driven it around the town I was pleasantly surprised by most people’s reactions to it - lots of smiles and pointing. It was then out onto the open road, which we still have lots of here in Somerset.

It now has the roof off all the time and has the garage all to itself. I have now obtained an original owner’s book and my next task is to fit some Black Diamonds with predator pads, re-shoe it with F1s and look forward to the sunny days ahead.


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