Classic Car Catalogue

Daihatsu 1976

Fellow (L38) – discontinued  
Fellow (L40) – new model in May  
Hijet (S39) – discontinued  
Hijet (S40) – new model in October  




L38 wb: 2 cyl. 2 stroke
356 cm³
31 PS (SAE)
Sedan 2-dr 2090 mm – discontinued
Sedan 4-dr 2090 mm – discontinued
Coupé   – discontinued
Van (Kombi)   – discontinued



Fellow Max 550

L40 wb: 2 cyl. ohc
547 cm³
28 PS (SAE)
Sedan 2-dr 2090 mm
Sedan 4-dr 2090 mm
Van (Kombi) 2090 mm


In May, responding to a change in the Kei car regulations, Daihatsu increased the Fellow Max' engine size to 547 cc and gave it a new chassis code (L40/L40V). The name remained, although the "Fellow" portion received less prominence and some marketing material simply referred to the car as the "Max 550". The new "AB10" four-stroke two-cylinder engine replaced the old two-cycle "ZM". This, developed with help from Toyota, was an overhead camshaft design (belt-driven) which also featured balance axles to smoothen the inherently imbalanced two-cylinder design. The AB10 engine was also briefly sold to Suzuki for use in the four-stroke version of their Fronte 7-S. The cleaner four-stroke offered less power than the revvy 360, down to 28 PS (21 kW) at 6,000 rpm. Torque increased somewhat, to 3.9 kg·m (38 N·m) at a significantly lower 3,500 rpm. New bumpers meant length and width were up marginally to 3,120 mm (122.8 in) and 1,305 mm (51.4 in). Claimed top speed was 110 km/h (68 mph), somewhat lower than that of the 360. With Honda withdrawing from the Kei market segment, Daihatsu became the only maker to offer a Kei car featuring front-wheel drive. The Van used the front end and front doors from the two-door Max, but with a more square-rigged rear end featuring a split tailgate (divided horizontally) and a folding rear seat which allowed for a flat loading floor.



wb: 2160 mm 4-cyl. ohv
958 cm³
58 PS (SAE)
4 cyl.
1,2 l.
60 PS
4 cyl.
1,2 l.
68 PS
Sedan 2-dr    




wb: 2335mm          
Sedan 4-dr          
Van (Kombi)          




wb: 2025 mm
958 cm³