Asking Suzuki to get one for private use, they told me that a Cappuccino in private hands and being on the road could cause an accident and in that case there would be difficulties in getting spare parts early enough and there could be difficulties concerning the warranty. All the 120 Cappuccinos came directly from Japan by boat. You can distinguish between Japanese and European version when looking at the outside of the luggage boot: all the 120 cars from Japan show the letter Cappuccino in big letters at the right side and the name Suzuki on the left side of the boot. In the meantime some dealers started to offer their showroom car when they realised that they could get from 35,000 to 40,000 DM per car.
In August 1994 on a trip to Holland I saw an advertisement that the Cappuccino would be officially on sale up to the end of 1994 in the Netherlands. This announcement started in April 1994 in the main autocar journals. Immediately I went to the next Suzuki dealer in Holland close to the German/Dutch border. He said he could manage to get a silver version for me because only this colour would be the one I liked to have this roadster. Meanwhile, I got to know that in Germany the latest official date for bringing the Cappuccino on the road with the necessary number plates was 31st December 1994. That belonged to some indefinable exhaust declarations of the engine, so I ordered the car in
Picture of Kim's Cappuccino at afuturistic filling station !!!
pressure to deliver the car early enough. As the dealer said he wouln't gain on selling this car to me, so I had to pay the full price. Obviously in Holland people have to pay a lot more of tax (luxury car) than people have to pay for the same car in Germany. So all in all I had to pay about 30,000 DM for my Cappuccino wheras people in Holland who
have to pay 47,900 Dutch Guilders (about 42,000 DM.) In the middle of October the arrived and the dealer told me that the Cappuccino came straight from Britain as all Dutch versions and all the spare parts came from Britain.
Bringing a new car from abroad on German roads the so called T.U.V. has to inspect the car and has to give it an O.K. Having got a copy of the car's papers from a German dealer it was not difficult for me to convince the engineers that this British version would also be good for German regulations (European market). So I nearly got my number plates when in one moment we realised that the front lights would not suit the German and Dutch way of driving on the right side! So the Dutch importer forgot to fit all the cars with front lights being adjusted. So at the beginning of November there began the race against the time of the 31st December !