Italianese Classic: 1978 Isuzu 117 Coupe XC

Toyota got into the miniature pony car game with their 1972 liftback restyle that looked suspiciously like a 69/70 Mustang, but there was another Japanese company building fastback styled 2+2 pony cars way back in 1968 — yes, from the company that time forgot, Isuzu.  Find this 1978 Isuzu 117 Coupe XC here on eBay offered for $21,150 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Orlando, FL.

The 117 CoupĂ© was released in 1968 with a gorgeous Giorgetto Giugiaro design and available gas (and diesel!) inline-4 cylinder powerplants.  This car dates from the post 1977 styling facelift that added square headlights along with a number of other minor trim changes that had been added over the years.  Anyway you cut it, the 117 CoupĂ© is a good looking car with a cool pedigree offered at a reasonable price.

Under the hood is a 2.0 liter single-overhead-cam 8-valve inline-4 that puts out something like 135 horsepower in JDM spec.  The seller doesn’t explicitly mention if the car has been federalized or what it will take to import it, but it looks clean.

 On the inside you are treated to a set of high-back bucket seats up front with cloth inserts and a very basic 1970s dashboard. 

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