Clark & Jen Sop­per

HONDA TN3 SU­PER

Classic Sports Car - - Letters -

The Quail is known for its eclec­tic en­trants, and none lived up to that rep­u­ta­tion more than Clark and Jen­nifer Sop­per’s de­light­ful Honda Acty van. “I fell in love with Kei trucks when the farm where I spent my high-school sum­mers bought sev­eral as field trucks,” says Clark, “but I left for col­lege be­fore I could drive them. They re­mained stuck in my mind, and years later when I was at a vin­tage mo­tor­cy­cle shop in Ja­pan the owner of­fered to ship one back to Cal­i­for­nia.”

Af­ter find­ing a mint late-’80s ex­am­ple, Sop­per’s love of Kei cars was ce­mented and he set about sourc­ing this early truck – rare to find in this con­di­tion: “The pre­vi­ous owner gave it a quick tune-up and re­spray, but I haven’t done much more to it aside from brakes, car­bu­ret­tor clean­ing and steer­ing-rack bushes.” The pair, who own a Santa Cruz-based de­sign stu­dio, then put their team to work ahead of The Quail. “The stu­dio de­signed and con­structed the fab­ric cargo cover and its wooden frame – we wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was true to the orig­i­nal in­tent of Honda and ap­peal­ing to our con­tem­po­rary lives,” says Sop­per. “It’s the per­fect ad­di­tion for trips to the beach! Kei cars and trucks are ex­cit­ing and still af­ford­able; they’re draw­ing a new gen­er­a­tion into col­lect­ing.”

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