We're looking at a mid-engined, cabover, AWD pickup with a drop side bed and a super-compact footprint. Tools don't come much more useful, nor much cooler. Steelies, white paint, and windy windows round out the utilitarian vibe, and the thrummy little triple under your seat should be lots of fun with five gears to row.
This 1990 Honda Acty is an early post-facelift second-generation example in SDX (Super DeluXe) trim, and the seller says it's had only two owners; its original Japanese custodian and himself. Real Time AWD is a sought-after option, as most Actys of this generation left the factory with only their rear wheels driven by the standard 656cc SOHC E07A three-cylinder.
The exterior remains nice, while showing just enough wear to make it fully usable as intended; as detailed on the attached Japanese exporter's walkaround report, there are two stone chips in the windshield, an indentation on the driver's door, and another on the rear tailgate. Some of our favorite details are the tiny factory steelies, HONDA branded OEM mudflaps, and Real Time AWD tailgate decal.
Mechanically, the truck is reported to be fit with an easy-starting, strong-running engine. Third gear requires a bit of finesse, but all other gears engage smoothly and easily. The seller further reports almost full functionality, with only the factory radio currently inop. The odometer records 82k and change kilometers, or roughly 51,500 miles, and has been certified as accurate by a third party (see photo gallery). Recent work included an oil change performed on 6/4/21, just prior to the truck arriving in California on 7/10/21.
Kei trucks are especially popular with farmers in Japan, as well as with single city dwellers, to whom these little trucks' minimal dimensions and useful cargo capacity are highly valued. With a surprising 350kg (770lb) payload rating and a relatively large bed, it's easy to imagine this Acty excelling at either role here in the US.
The seller is an experienced JDM importer and will gladly offer buyer registration and titling assistance in the state of South Dakota. Sale includes all importation documents necessary for titling and registration, as well as a PDF factory service manual translated to English.