Despite its minimal curb weight of between 2,097 and 2,141 pounds, the S-Cargo’s powertrain meant that it would also have to creep down the road. Its single-cam, twin-carb, 1.5-liter four-cylinder made just 84 horsepower, some of which traveled to the front wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission. Odds are nobody ever told that joke about the snail buying a sports car with the S-Cargo as its subject, though if the S-Cargo had sold better, one can’t help imagining a Nismo variant with the turbocharged, 113-horsepower E15ET (and a fittingly huge turbo).
S-Cargos are rarities no matter where you are in the world, and if one came up for sale in good condition, its price would almost be irrelevant. Fortunately, the one that just surfaced for sale in California is listed for under $9,000, so if a car that looks like a snail and is as slow as one appeals to you, don a snail costume like Remi Gaillard and ooze your way across America for a test drive.
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