Fuji Cabin 1955—1958

Like Messerschmitt, Hitachi was originally a manufacturer of military aircraft that converted to the manufacture of motorcycles after World War II when it was banned from building planes. Working with Fuji, it produced the Fuji Cabin, a scooter with a polyester cabin. The design was by Ryuichi Tomiya, the greatest of the early Japanese car designers, who had worked for Nissan in the 1930s. The Fuji Cabin wasn’t so popular and very few items were actually built (years of production: 1955–1958).