Lick A Beater: 1991 Suzuki Swift GTi

Nothing beats a good craigslist ad that ends with: Yeah you’ll prolly wanna fix some stuff, but for $999.99 it can be yours!!! LOL. LOL?  Really?  Some people will be LOLing when you roll up in vintage Suzuki Swift GTi, but they aren’t gonna scoff when you tell them what you paid for one of the cooler forgotten hatchbacks from the 90s.  Find this 1991 Suzuki Swift GTi offered for $999 in San Juan Batista, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The 2nd generation Suzuki Cultus (Latin for the word “care” or “adoration”…ha!) was a little economy car that was sold by the buckets around the world as the Suzuki Cultus / Esteem / Swift / Amenity / Forsa II / Gazelle / Antelope / Margalla, Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly, Holden Barina, Chevrolet Swift / Sprint, Subaru Justy — honestly I’m surprised there wasn’t a Mercedes version for some oddball market.

The screaming noises under the hood come courtesy of a 1.3 liter DOHC
16-valve Suzuki G13B 4-banger that puts out 100 horsepower at lofty 6800
rpm. This is the kind of old school small displacement hot-hatch engine
that loves being bounced off the rev limiter repeatedly.

The only one of these cars we can think of that would be better than a sub-$1k GTi is the CBR1000R-powered Geo Metro Gnome, but the story of that car is better left for a future Daily Turismo Radio podcast. Vendler, are you reading this?

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