The Suzuki SJ 413 Santana is the Spanish version of Suzuki’s attempt during the end of the 80s to offer a unique blend of economy, and style, making these fun SWB 4x4 vehicles quite irresistible! Offered in a Blue paintwork with the original side decals and barely 130,000 km, this Santana comes with period-correct plates and a very cool hard-top!
Pivoting their international success on maintaining a policy of producing reliable quality products, Suzuki started the development of their first 4wd vehicle back in 1968, nicknaming it LJ, undoubtedly the forerunner of the Suzuki SJ. Straight forward to 1982, Suzuki introduces the SJ410 (4wd, 1.0-litres) and releases the new SJ413 (4wd, 1-3-litres) the following year. It would subsequently be named “Santana” after the Spanish Factory where most European SJ413 were assembled.
In 1988 Suzuki introduced many significant, and final, improvements which consisted in softer spring shocks, front disc brakes, a larger front anti-sway bar and a new dash design. Like most SWB 4x4 vehicles, there’s very little luggage space, but the SJ series do make for an excellent urban runabout or, better, a country commute!
Designed and built for fun or light utility work, the Suzuki SJ is finished in a Worchester blue metallic, with a white vinyl Hard top combination: being the lightweight, high riding 4x4 vehicle it is, this car is a very capable off-road vehicle.
This Santana still rides on their original Suzuki 15-inch steel wheels, wrapped in Bridgestone Dueler tyres, 205/70R15 for both front and rear. The bodywork appears in order for its age, with relevant signs of ageing along the paintwork and . The black bumpers show scratches, bumps and small points of rust on both ends, which comply with the car’s age.
Inside, the factory vinyl seats are in average condition, with no obvious damages or cuts visible. The door cards, dash and steering wheel are all in excellent order, as are the controls and gauges.
Mechanically, the inline-four, 1.3-litre is factory rated at 60 hp and over 100 Nm; the underside of the car shows minor signs of rust on the surface, the seller reports. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 5-speed manual transmission. The seller also states this car has always been properly serviced since its first purchase.
Offered for auction by its current Italian owner, this Suzuki will be purchased along with ownership titles and original keys