Friday, December 30, 2011

1964 Isuzu Bellel

I wrote about one of these back in July, 2009. (You can find the post here.)

Other than producing it in left had drive, Isuzu did almost nothing to adapt it to the US market. They sold around 400.

The Bellel has a place in Japanese car history, as it was the first Japanese diesel production car. It was also Isuzu's first independently designed car.

This one is in rough, but restorable, shape. Finding parts for it will not be easy (and probably close to impossible in the US). Still, it's a piece of automotive history and a car I hope someone takes on.

Located in San Luis Obispo, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.


Brandon said...

WHOA. I never even knew any of these were sold here. I'm sure it won't get sold for anything, but someone totally needs to restore this bizarre piece of automotive history - partially because Isuzu stopped building (their own, not rebadged Hondas for the Japanese Market) cars in 1993!

rrshadow2 said...

What a Cool Car! I know the Isuzu Bellet Coupes were sold in Canada, I remember seeing them up there in the late 70s early 80s although I'm sure they were made in the late 60s, haven't seen on in year though, didn't know they ever sold Isuzus this early in the US, unfortunately the chances of parts being available for this car even in Japan are going to be about Zero, sort of like when I had the 1964 Mitsubishi Debonair, Mitsubuishi laughed at me when I wrote them and asked if there was any chance of getting parts for it, So anyone who is brave enough to take this one on is either going to have to make his own parts for it or make stuff from other cars Fit

Jon said...

Wow, yet another car that was hitherto unbeknownst to me. Same goes for the Bellett.

Looks like one of those early 60's Pininfarina clones (404, Flamina, and the others) in some ways, and an early Simca sedan in others.

Great find!

R.I.P. said...

wow, never seen one of these! certainly worth being restored or put in some museum

Anonymous said...

Bring A Trailer wrote about this car today.

When Bring A Trailer and Just A Car Geek write about the same car you know it is special. I just never thought that an Isuzu deisel would be one of those special cars!

Happy New Year! Keep up the good work.

Daniel M. in Wisconsin.