Monday, January 2, 2012

1972 Isuzu Bellett GT

Wow. An Isuzu Bellel last week and now a Bellett. Obscure Isuzus are just coming out of the woodwork.

This isn't quite as obscure as the Bellel, but it's certainly not a common sight. A few more of these made their way to North America than did the Bellel. Most were sold in Canada. It was a popular import in Australia, too.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Isuzu had been building Hillmans under license. The Bellett - introduced in 1963, two years after the Bellel - was an in-house design and replaced the Hillman Minx in Isuzu's lineup.

The Bellett originally came with 1.3 liter and 1.5 liter gas engines, along with a 1.8 liter diesel.

The Bellett GT was introduced in 1964. Its standard engine was a twin-carbureted 1.6 liter 4. In 1970 it was replaced by a 1.8 SOHC I4.

Like the Bellel, the Bellett has a slightly European look to it. It's rumored that Giovanni Michelotti had a hand in its design.

There isn't a lot of information with this ad, but this Bellett looks to be in decent shape. The seller says it needs a little work, but it looks to be complete.

If the 4 door, diesel powered, Bellel isn't your thing, but you want an obscure Japanese car, this Bellett might be the perfect choice. It's gasoline powered, semi-sporty and, like the Bellel, will be a hit at any car show.

Located in Roberta, GA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Clint, for sending me the link to this car!


bluetoes591 said...

Wow, super cool. I have a rare 1/32 scale JDM model of one of these that I've been intending to turn into a slot car for years...

rrshadow2 said...

It's So Cool to see a Bellet again!! when I was a kid we used to go to Vancouver BC and I would see these driving around, Not super common, but would probably see at least one everytime I was up there! Same with Vauxhalls, Don't see any of them Now Days

bluetoes591 said...

I know one of the guys who had one of these here in Vancouver back in the day.

Jon said...

It's strange seeing old styling cues rehashed on later cars.

The front end treatment on the Bellett appears lifted from a 1959 Pontiac design. Oddly enough, the 1959 Pontiac grille design was copied by Ford the following year for their "last gasp" 1960 Edsel.