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Meet the massive Japanese muscle bro and his collection of tiny microcars

CY Foong · Mar 6, 2022 04:00 PM

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Mention Japan to a car enthusiast and chances are they will be thinking of cars like the Trueno AE86, the Godzilla Skyline GT-R, or even the Evos and WRX STis that dominated rallying. Those are legendary but the truest form of Japanese mobility is actually their little Kei cars.

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Designed and marketed mainly to put the Japanese people behind the wheel, Kei cars are some of the smallest cars ever marketed with a strict regulation on the vehicle’s dimensions and engine size. Modern Kei cars are limited to a 660-cc engine and they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

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The Honda Kei car next to this microcar looks like an American SUV by comparison

Still, if you think those are tiny, allow us to introduce you to the microcars which sit below Kei cars and are technically four-wheeled motorcycles. They were once popular in post-WWII Europe and Japan which suffered extensive damage and tough rations on everything from food to fuel.

Also read: Even Japanese driving schools don’t use Kei cars, is our Perodua Axia even good enough?

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A brochure for the Mitsuoka Bubu series microcars

Today, these classic microcars are seen as a novelty but they do have a bit of following. One of the famous Japanese brands that specialized in these tiny cars is Mitsuoka. You might recognise them as the eccentric 10th Japanese carmaker that turns Mazda MX-5s and Toyota RAV4s into something resembling an American car but before dabbling in unique reimagining of regular cars, they were microcar specialists.

Also read: Mitsuoka gives Toyota RAV4 a retro American makeover

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Kaoru-san's Bubu 501 with a little bit of camber

Just like its eventual rebodied models, Mitsuoka’s microcars are unique in terms of design. It named its range of microcars under the Bubu series and there were two core models – the Bubu 501 that resembled a tiny pyramid/origami and the Bubu 502 which is a wardrobe on wheels.

Also read: Mitsuoka – The bonkers Japanese car maker with a heart

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Kaoru-san's Bubu 502, painted to resemble the Keihan train line

Both Bubu microcars are powered by a 50-cc Honda motorcycle engine and because they were technically bikes, you only need a motorcycle license to operate one. And they’re road legal too!

Which brings us to the muscleman in question who goes under the name kaorububu on Twitter. Though his profile photo might show an anime character, he has revealed his face in one of his posts.

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Though it is funny to imagine a beefcake entering a small car, kaorububu-san’s passion for microcars (and fishing) is extensively recorded in his Twitter feed. Not only is he a proud owner of two Mitsuoka Bubus in resplendent National and Keihan trainline liveries respectively, he has at least 5 microcars in his collection.

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Cydescar (top) and Sulky (bottom)

Besides the pair of Bubus, he also owns a Pia-Pia, a Cydescar, and a Casalini Sulky. Out of these 5, only the Sulky isn’t of Japanese origin, but rather Italian.

It was the Sulky that made kaorububu-san’s Twitter viral around Japan when he posted a photo of his microcar parked outside a convenience store. The Sulky’s weird and tiny design that resembled an amusement park ride definitely made a lot of Japanese users curious.

Being an Italian microcar from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Sulky wasn’t a refined car, powered by a 50-cc Vespa motor. Starting it up is quite an earful as the video shows but it still has its charm, interesting naming choice aside.

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Unlike the rest of kaorububu-san’s microcars, the Sulky remains in its patina-filled blue paintjob. He remains passionate in microcars but isn’t looking to expand his collection any time soon. Still, his current collection is still attractive enough for people to pose next to it.

CY Foong

Writer

Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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