Despite its diminutive appearance and license-dodging styling, the car pictured above isn’t a toy car. It’s very real indeed, complete with standard features like an engine, seats, and windows. In fact, it’s a Suzuki Jimny off-roader all dressed up like an old mil-spec Geländewagen, and we’ve been fawning over it all morning. Isn’t it just pinch-me cute?
Japanese tuner DAMD has been having a lot of fun with the little Suzuki Jimny. This pint-sized off-roader is cutesy, utilitarian, and sports a silhouette willing to cosplay as just about anything styled with a ruler. We’ve already seen body kits to make it look like a Ford Bronco, a Land Rover Defender, and Mercedes-AMG G63, but now DAMD is throwing things back with a kit reminiscent of a time before the G-Class was officially called the G-Class.
Officially called the Baby G Traditional, this Jimny wears a ten-piece kit consisting of, well, let’s give Google Translate a whirl on DAMD’s website and see what it comes up with.
Front grill / Bonnet cover / Bonnet winker
front bumper / Koito made halogen square fork lamp
side mold / rear bumper / halogen square tee
Lulump Mud Flap / DD Emblem (Matto Black)
Hmm, that’s somewhat useful. What Google describes as a “Bonnet winker” is a pair of hood-mounted turn signals, the “Koito made halogen square fork lamp” is a pair of fog lamps, and I suspect the “halogen square tee” is the pair of headlight grilles to protect the lights from shrubbery and whatnot. Everything else should be reasonably comprehensible, albeit as reasonably as modern technology will allow.
The price for these ten pieces of glory? A cool 340,000 yen before tax, with a 76,000 yen surcharge if you want parts painted. Altogether, you’re looking at 416,000 yen before tax for a painted kit, or about $2,756 at the time of writing. Even though you’ll still need to buy wheels and tires, that’s solid value for making your Jimny look like a piece of Austrian-built military equipment.
Of course, nobody will actually mistake the DAMD Baby G Traditional for a G-Wagen because it’s just absolutely adorable. It’s wearing that costume like an almost impossibly small puppy carrying a hilariously oversized stick, to the point where you just want to pat it on the hood and call it a good boy. It has king-sized aspirations for when it grows up, and with your love and support, it can achieve them. Let’s hope a few of these kits are still floating around in 2043, when the first fourth-generation Jimny models are finally legal for U.S. importation.
(Photo credits: DAMD)
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