Expect constant questions if you buy this next car. Random people at gas stations and Costco parking lots will ask you what you are driving. Don’t expect any of them to understand why it is important when you tell them it is Giorgetto Giugiaro’s seminal Japanese car design, and don’t be upset that most of […]
It is always interesting to see the spin that sellers put in their listings for cars that were part of badge engineering mayhem that confused sellers and buyers alike. Here is an Isuzu Rodeo that the seller says “similar to a Honda Passport” which at first had me thinking that Isuzu imported a version of […]
Ah yes, another classic JDM Honda Passport diesel, just like they made them in Japan…wait a minute. The C58 generation Honda Passport was a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo built in Lafayette Indiana, so I’m not sure you’d have ever gotten something in Japan called the Passport in 1995. Hang on…lemme hit the internet real quick…duckduckgo…wiki. Apparently […]
Welcome back to another edition of Cars You’ve Never Heard About and Wonder Why You Are Hearing About Them Now. Today’s example is the finest of GM’s badge engineering; two parts legacy Japanese brand, one part 4.2 liter DOHC Inline-6 (why would they call it a Vortec?…it’s inline…strange times) and a spritz of cheap GM […]
This next car comes from tipper Zach who suggested that we write an entirely emoji-based post for this next car…which is a terrible idea, but like I’ve said about every all-you-can-eat buffet ever; challenge accepted….but later regretted. The Isuzu👀✔ is ❌ the 🧘♀️ version, but it is 😮 by the 🤑 as 👍 💓er with a 🥵er. Some 😡 might 📞it a 💩🗃️, but it prefers the term econo🗃️. Find this 1988 Isuzu I-Mark offered for 💵1500 in 🌴er, 🐻🌲🏔️ via 😐📘 📉🥈.
I’ve always been too busy making a mess in my garage to be a good prepper, but after learning that the main plotline for the 2007 blockbuster I Am Legend is that a virus based vaccine has caused the world’s population to die or turn into mutant vampire-zombies…I’m thinking maybe I might need a good low-key bug-out vehicle. If I had a Pinzgauer, Laplander, or a 4X4 Quigley van, people are going to try and join me in an escape from the zombies, but if I had an Isuzu Trooper with rear seat delete and a hidden camper setup…that’d be stealthy and apocalypse ready. You’ll have to fix the headgasket before it goes anywhere, but that’s what garages are for, right? Ugg. I’m gonna be so hosed when the zombie apocalypse comes and all of my cars are apart. Can I get a ride? Find this 1989 Isuzu Trooper II offered for $4,500 in Culver City, CA via craigslist.
This next pickup truck doesn’t look like much from near or far. In fact, it looks just like any other 90s era pickup, but to quote tipper Rock On; This thing can blow your doors off and then carry them away in the back of the bed! That’s not a Spacecab, that’s a sleeper cab!! Find this 1989 Isuzu Pickup LS1 offered for $16,500 in San Jose, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
What’s not to love in this next car? It is a rare 2-door SUV from the 80s with a turbo diesel engine, rust, crust, and a toilet paper holder mounted on the side. Or is that a towel rack? Or a wet-suit drying rack for a surfer, perhaps? I’m gonna stick with the TP holder as my final answer, Regis. Find this 1986 Isuzu Trooper DXL 4WD Turbo Diesel 2-Door offered for $6,500 in San Diego, CA via craigslist.
Most people know the big three Japanese auto manufactures Honda, Nissan and Toyota for their mainstream approach to car design and sales…but Japan has many auto manufacturers for an island that has less than 2% of the world’s population. If Mazda is the other Japanese car manufacturer like pork is the other white meat, and […]
The Lotus Elan M100 was a wedge shaped convertible penned by Peter Stevens (Jaguar XJR-15, McLaren F1, Lotus Esprit, MG ZR, ZS, ZT & TF) and built in the UK from 1989 through 1995. The Elan was later produced by Kia in South Korea under the name Kia Elan (and Kia Vigato). The Elan was […]