Needs New Shoes: 1988 Isuzu Impulse

The Isuzu Impluse was such an unlikely combination of Italian styling (Giorgetto Giugiaro), Japanese durability, & British handling (Lotus baby!) put into a turbocharged rear-drive hatchback that it almost caused a singularity in the space-time-continuum, ending life in the galaxy as we know it.  Thankfully that didn’t happen, but it is no small coincidence that Yao Ming, Martina Hingis, & the Maltese rapper known as Hooligan were born the same month as the first Impulse (a JDM Piazza) was released.  Find this 1988 Isuzu Impulse offered for $2,500 in Ontario, CA via craigslist.

The Impulse sales in North America started in 1983, but things didn’t get really good until the 1988 model year introduction of Lotus tuned suspension as standard.  This meant bigger sway bars, and sportier shock/spring tuning that allowed the 2.3 liter inline-4 to put its 110 horsepower and 127 ft-lbs of torque to the pavement via some 18 inch wheels in this car…what a shame. 

What a buyer needs to do is ditch those wheels and pickup a set of the classic 8-bit style wheels — here just buy an entire car, this ’88 Impulse is offered for $975 in Idaho looks like it will do the trick.

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