Curbside Classic 1982 Isuzu IMark Diesel The Truth About Cars

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Curbside Classic: 1982 I-Mark Diesel

Sorry, Cuda fans, but this is one of my prized CC finds. As you know all too by now, CC is not about haunting car for immaculate trailer queens. It s documenting the cars that once so (kind of?) on our streets, and now are mostly gone. is the last time you ran across a I-Mark? There s probably a Hemi Cudas (genuine or for every I-Mark still along.

And let s not forget that in to just its rarity, the I-Mark represents GM s first big global car The T-Cars were made and by the millions all over the globe. I you recognize a mildly disguised or Opel Kadett C when you see

The global car concept has been for a while. The new for-1973 Kadett C RWD) was designed to be built the General s far-flung empire. In the Kadett offered coupe, and wagon versions. Vauxhall in the UK the hatchback Chevette, almost (externally) to the US built shitty Chevy, except for the grille. But for the region, GM designated Isuzu to and build the T-Car, called both for production in Japan, as as in Australia as the Holden Gemini.

Even Korea built a of the Gemini, the Daewoo Maepsy. Daewoo was already building GM cars thirty years but a long way off from designing

There are two main reasons I-Mark is still in service: both have to do with the that its a diesel. That its damn near indestructible; the fragile Olds diesel the GM mothership cooked up, the Isuzu-designed and diesel four has a legendary It s the same little four in the little Isuzu diesel (and a few S-10s and Blazers), of there are several still hereabouts. And that s not to say the Isuzu gas wasn t a tough little too; actually, the diesel was based on the gas version. Yes, the may have looked alike the world over, but the Isuzus had a train that was in a whole league than all the rest.

Of course, it was also the Isuzu that was available as an option in the Haven t found one of them the tell-tale BIODIESEL sticker on the yet, but who knows?

The second is that the biodiesel boom in like Eugene has given like this a whole new on life. A few years back, with a rugged diesel had a ready market and surprising That died down with oil prices and the biodiesel but this I-Mark is still along.

And man, do they ever

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When we first moved to in 1993, we knew a family lived two blocks down the that had this exact kind of Isuzu. And when I out to get the paper in the morning, I could him start it up, like buckets of hail falling on a parking lot of new Unbelievably loud, but his already Isuzu just wouldn t clattering, no matter how much he it.

It s probably still at it in Portland

Another factoid: this car was in the US as the Opel-Isuzu in its first couple of from 76 through 79. It replaced the Kadett, which had fallen on times, along with the of the dollar. Or was it a called the Buick by Isuzu?

Who remembers? Joe Isuzu, The point was that GM was offering a built version of the Chevette at its dealers. But who cared? Certainly mot dealers.

They were eager to rid themselves of the little tin cluttering up their showrooms. So set up its own shop in the US in 1981, and the rest is although not one with a happy

This I-Mark is parked in of its owner s place, which is by a very intensive gardening Perhaps he s growing the feedstock to his Isuzu fed.


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