The WiLL Vi is a subcompact car, produced from 2000 to 2001, with distinctive styling combining elements of many cars. The WiLL Vi was designed by the then newly formed Virtual Venture Company, headed by Jim Shimizu. The unique-appearing reverse-raked rear window had earlier appeared on the Mazda Carol, the Ford Anglia (1959–1968), and the Citroen Ami. The “neo-retro” look represented a period in Japan where vehicles took on the styling of historic vehicles from the 1950s and 1960s, such as the Nissan Be-1, Nissan Figaro, Nissan Pao, the Toyota Origin, the Subaru Vivio Bistro, and the Mitsubishi Minica.
The car was equipped with MacPherson struts for the front wheels and a torsion beam axle for the rear wheels. The car was painted in a number of pastel colors, and the plastic wheel covers resemble sand dollars. One of the few options was a canvas roof, and the vehicle was installed with bench seats for both front and rear passengers, with the gearshift installed on the dashboard.
Quirky Rides has 2 of these rare gems, one of which has the “ragtop” canvas roof. They’re based on the mechanicals and running gear of the Toyota Yaris Mk1 so it’s very easy to source parts and maintain this very reliable car.
The interior is unlike anything you’ll have previously seen with its bench seats, column-mounted gear lever (it’s an automatic) and quirky but useful and functional dashboard.design.
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