I always thought these things were a bit turd to be honest. just a low-interest J shopping hatch with a token 4wd system. However it seems theres a bit more to them than that..... Check this guy out on the french old car forum, he takes his pretty seriously:
Those 4wd ones have a 3AC motor in em which is good door stop but that's about it. Course, since it's an A engine, you can toss in a 4AG or whatever. Be a badass and put in a 7A-FE for that torquey goodness if you're inclined. It's too bad they look like ass. They're otherwise bulletproof.
I sincerely hope these things aren't about to become sought after or worth a lot as my Auntie had one, low mileage and one owner from new that we just couldn't get rid of so had to pretty much give it away for spares in the end.
I remember thinking it was really cool as a kid with two gear levers and an 'artificial horizon' type gauge on the dash like in a plane! ;D
'89 BMW E30 325i Sport, '00 VW T4 Caravelle, '04 MINI Cooper S, '09 Volvo V70 D5