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This Jazzy Japanese Minitruck And Minibike Just Sold For $40,700

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Summer is just around the corner and what better way to enjoy the weather than with a new-to-you mini truck and a bike for carving up the dunes? If you had a decent chunk of change, a penchant for 90’s artistic motifs, and were at Mecum’s 2024 Houston auction, this might be you!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, that beautifully treated 1998 Honda Acty Pickup with a 1992 Honda Z50J Baja Monkey strapped down in the bed. Separate, they’re adorable. Together, they’re destroyers of dull days.

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This specific truck sold for a whopping $40,700, perhaps because Texans are suddenly exuberant at the thought of being able to legally register a Kei truck. But why this one?

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Debuting In The Days Of Disco

Let’s dive into the history of the cab and see what’s been assembled here. According to minitruck.net, the Acty debuted in 1977 as the follow-up to the T360 minitruck. It features a cab over design and has lasted four generations. Minitruck.net says the Acty utility has led it to be a favorite of people from all walks of life because of its general utility and “midship” engine location. The truck was so well-rounded that the Sinbaru Machinery Corporation even converted a handful into fire engines!

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1977 Honda Acty
Photo: Honda 

This 1998 model falls under Acty’s refreshed second generation. Acty Truck, Van, and Street all were bumped up to a more powerful 656cc 3-cylinder engine. The video says it has a 5-speed manual and 4WD. That aligns with what we can spot on the bumper, which says “REALTIME 4WD:”
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If you want to get even spicier, there was the Acty Attack, which in addition to 4WD, had locking differentials and a 4-speed manual transmission, with “ultra-low” forward and reverse gears. Handy!

Getting even wilder, there’s the Acty Crawler. This has the same features as the Attack but added a special 6-wheel configuration with tracks on the back four tires. It was a built-to-order option, available from 1994-1999.

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Monkey Business

Honda says the Monkey’s design began with the Z100, used for an amusement park ride at Tama Tech in Hino, Tokyo in the fall of 1961.

Monkey Z100
Photo: Honda

It packed a 4-stroke, OHV 50cc engine, 5-inch tires, front and rear brakes, and a 3-speed automatic centrifugal clutch, making it easy for anyone to hop on and ride.

The Z50J came out in 1974 with, “completely new styling, and rear suspension to enhance performance. Block-pattern tires were adopted from this model, making it suitable for outdoor use.”

Per Bonhams, the rims were upgraded to 8″, and that new suspension made it ride like a “proper motorcycle”.

Close-up of a 1991 Honda Z50J Monkey Baja sold by Bonhams

Hagerty also appears to be a fan of this ride.

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“The Z50 Baja is one of the most desirable special edition minibikes out there, thanks to a rare body kit option that Honda made available to turn the standard Baja into a Honda Africa Twin replica… Stateside, one recently sold for $4,950 at Mecum’s Las Vegas 2020 auction.”

So now that we know the history, let’s look at what’s been changed.

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First, the Jazzy paint pattern has been copied over from the bike to the Acty’s factory white paint. I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for Jazz-inspired styling. Growing up, the paper cups that were stocked at my grandmother’s lakeside cottage featured the Jazz motif. Since then, every article featuring a Suzuki with the siren song of a pattern instantly leads to beach vibes… and then the realization I don’t know how to surf.

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With this Acty, that’s not a problem! You’re here for the dunes. And these chonky tires are going to make sure you don’t get stuck.

The color aesthetics don’t stop with just the paint job, they extend to the blue chock rocking in the middle of the bed, and the bed itself has been thoughtfully sprayed with liner. Let’s hope this truck is meant to be used and not just sit on Radwood lawns.

I also appreciate the new white rims on the truck, keeping in sync with the Monkey. It works on Ford’s Heritage Edition Bronco and it works here, too.

Rounding things out, there are new LED headlights (hopefully they’re the right shape and size for the housing and are correctly aligned), a cargo rack, and a subwoofer, because whoever is buying should be able to appreciate their tunes where carving up the sand.

So add all that up and it’s a cute combo.

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Shopping For Your Own Jazzy Duo

So how much would it take to make your own Acty/Monkey pairing?

I found a grade 4 1995 Acty 4×4 with 40,000 miles for theoretically under $5,800 delivered.

Acty 1995 V2
Photo: Car From Japan

As Mercedes explained, there are a lot of factors and possible hidden costs when it comes to importing so take that listed price with a grain of salt.

[Mercedes’ Note: Car From Japan is a legitimate site linking buyers to sellers of vehicles. The price you see is an estimate to purchase the vehicle, take care of the export procedures in Japan, and get it on a boat to your selected port in the United States. From that point forward, you’re responsible for clearing it through the port, Customs, and getting it home. A Customs broker can help navigate that portion of the vehicle’s journey. In my case, I paid an additional $375 for a Customs broker to handle the forms, $177 in port terminal fees, and $75 to have an escort get me into Baltimore’s port. – MS]

I also found a 1991 Honda Z50R (which replaced the American Z50A in 1978) in what appears to be great condition. It’s listed for $2,999 down in Miami.

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1991 Honda Z50 R Miami
Photo: Cycle Trader

Together, that’s $8,799 for a truck and minibike, leaving you $31,901 for new tires, paint, interior restoration, a cargo rack, and other shenanigans. Or, you could go all-electric. For just over $6,000 you could do this with a Toyota RAV4 EV and the new Motocompacto. Bonus points if you track down a Ford Ranger EV. Just be please careful about getting sand in the electronics.

Photos: Mecum Auctions, Honda, Bonhams, Car From Japan, Cycle Riders

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Kevin Lesac
Kevin Lesac
21 days ago

$40k is nuts but the market decides, and if 2 people get into a bidding war, who knows what prices climb to.

BUT there is no way you are getting a nice truck from japan for under 6k. Nice is also relative. I regularly import vehicles, and especially with trucks people tend to forget the 25% chicken tax, and the fact that the gray paint on this particular truck is likely hiding its history.
There are deals to be had, but I am so tired of seeing articles that make people think they can snag a nice truck for a few thousand dollars. That ship has sailed and the reality is expect to spend more.

Gerontius Garland
Gerontius Garland
21 days ago

I’m not going to comment on the price, or how it’s not really my taste, I just wanna say I really appreciate a well-done matching set. These two look perfect together.

Curtis Loew
Curtis Loew
22 days ago

Crack pipe. Those can be bought for a couple thousand a piece.

DadBod
DadBod
22 days ago

In the UpsideDown, a Japanese dude just paid USD$40,000 for a white single cab 1998 Ford Ranger.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke
22 days ago

You can get kits to make a Z50R from eBay or Alibaba for next to nothing. How do I know this? Because I have a serious desire for a Monkey bike.

Mercedes Streeter
Mercedes Streeter
22 days ago

$40k is something…You don’t even need to buy a gray Acty and repaint it when white Actys are basically a dime a dozen in Japan. Just buy a white one without rust and buy a matching white Honda Monkey that’s already in America. Then have someone slap on those dazzling graphics. I’d bet you could do that for $10k. Certainly, a lift kit, tires, wheels, and the rack aren’t worth an additional $30k.

Last edited 22 days ago by Mercedes Streeter
Vetatur Fumare
Vetatur Fumare
22 days ago

Yeah, this could only happen amongst a whole bunch of people with action fever and a couple glasses of prosecco inside.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
22 days ago

The Z50J came out in 1974 with, “completely new styling, and rear suspension to enhance performance. Block-pattern tires were adopted from this model, making it suitable for outdoor use.”

So it’s predecessor was for indoor use only?
Come to think of it I briefly lived in a loft in New York that was so big that a friend who had a Solex moped used to come over and ride around in it. Actually, it was not nearly as fun as it sounds. Especially first thing in the morning with a hangover. Maybe a four stroke was more indoor friendly, the apartments in Japan must be huge , right?

DadBod
DadBod
22 days ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

Aren’t some warehouses measured in square miles? You have indoor forklifts, I bet a minitruck with a bed would be useful indoors. But then again making humans walk themselves to death may be cheaper.

Last edited 22 days ago by DadBod
Gene1969
Gene1969
22 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

The Fitbit market just frowned at you. (I’m teasing)

Scoutdude
Scoutdude
22 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

But warehouse style forklifts are propane powered and not gas.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
22 days ago

For that kind of money it needs to come with an actual monkey that’s trained to ride the Monkey.

Last edited 22 days ago by DialMforMiata
V10omous
V10omous
22 days ago

Wow, you could almost get two Mavericks for that!

Matt Hardigree
Matt Hardigree
22 days ago
Reply to  V10omous

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE!

H T
H T
22 days ago
Reply to  Matt Hardigree

Matt, was that “article” a weekend error? Did it slip by the editors? It’s difficult to imagine a more non-Autopian article.

DadBod
DadBod
22 days ago
Reply to  H T

That poor dude is getting destroyed in the comments. I took a swipe myself. And even engaged in internet arguing with some rando! So yeah that whole page is bad touch.

DialMforMiata
DialMforMiata
22 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

I didn’t want to go too hard on him because it wasn’t a bad article per se, just not a particularly Autopian one. Plus bonus pic of awesome pupper.

Greg
Greg
22 days ago

A sucker and his money….

This has to be the dumbest thing I’ve seen someone pay 40k for. The cost is at most 20-25k to have someone do this all for you. Paint/Parts etc to make it pristine.

Is some 10-12 year old about to get the birthday of a lifetime?

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