Friday, July 24, 2020

1975 Isuzu 117 - A Rare, Nice Looking Isuzu

I last wrote about an Isuzu 117 back in 2009. That was the last time I saw one come up for sale. This is a rare car in North America.

In order to save time - and because history never changes - I am using some of the text from my earlier post...

I never understood why Isuzu didn't send this car to North America. Built from 1968 through 1981, this is one of the more interesting looking cars to come from Japan in the 60s and 70s.

Those looks didn't come by accident. This car was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro.

During its run Isuzu produced somewhere between 85,000 and 100,000 of these cars. (The numbers vary depending on the source) It came with a variety of engines including a 1.6 SOHC 4, 1.6L DOHC 4, 1.8 SOHC 4, 1.8 DOHC 4, 2.0 DOHC 4 and even a 2.2 diesel 4 (Some people claim that the 117 Coupe was the first diesel powered sports car.) The 117 was ultimately replaced in Isuzu's lineup by another Giorgetto Giugiaro design, the Impulse (called the Piazza in most of the world).

Front engine, rear drive, the 117 did not use cutting edge technology under the skin. The rear suspension had semi-elliptic leaf springs while the front had wishbones, coil springs and an anti-roll bar. Pretty standard stuff for 1960s and 1970s sports cars.

The 117 is a very nice looking car. It's not perfect though. In my mind there is too much front and rear overhang. On this particular car the sideview mirrors mounted on the front of the fenders are odd looking (but more common in other parts of the world, so that's just my North American brain seeing them as odd, I guess).

This car looks great in green, although I have to admit that I like almost any car in dark green. It appears to in great condition. The seller says it has 37,500 miles.

Te asking price is $19,500.00. This would be a great car for weekend cruises and to bring to car shows. Given its styling and rarity, you'll probably get as much attention as diving up in a Ferrari would. Of course you won't have anything near Ferrari performance, but you'll never find a Ferrari for the asking price of this Isuzu.

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Scottiedog said...

A beautiful car...this or a Peugeot 504 Coupe? Tough choice...

Graham Clayton said...

"On this particular car the sideview mirrors mounted on the front of the fenders are odd looking"

I believe that the rearview mirrors on the front mudguards were a Japanese legislative requirement on all cars.