Japanese body kit maker DAMD has a soft spot for whimsical designs, whether it’s a Batman-inspired Mazda MX-5 Miata or those new parts of the Diahatsu Taft. The company calls them the Little D and the ’80s.
Given its breathtaking name, let’s start with the Little D. The concept is to make the boxy Taft look like a tiny Land Rover Defender, hence the name Little D.
The major changes are the new grille, bumper and bonnet hood which follow the classic British off-road design. The letters spell “LITTLE D” on the edge of the hood in the same way Land Rover marks its vehicles. There’s even a smaller, oval-shaped green badge that evokes the LR emblem but says Little D inside.
On the side, DAMD features a decal that shows the British Union Jack and the message “Adventure of a Lifetime”. The image of what appears to be a miniature pinscher dog is next to the words.
A roof rack is also available, and it has wood accents.
Inside, the company offers green plaid fabrics on the seats with black vinyl edges for the chairs. The gray and royal red colors of this model are also available.
The 80s kit for the Taft evokes the styling of the 80s Toyota trucks and vans with their vibrant side stripes. The kit includes a new grille, a new bumper and a new hood that resembles the 60 and 70 series generations of the Toyota Land Cruiser. The Little D’s roof rack is available as an option. The same choices of interior upholstery are also available.
If you like the look of the Little D but prefer the look of a more rugged vehicle, DAMD introduced a kit of the same name for the Suzuki Jimny last year. The Defender-inspired styling suited the small Japanese SUV well.