Junkyard Gem: 1990 Suzuki Sidekick Convertible

When Normal Motors made a decision to generate the Geo brand in 1989, for vehicles created and/or developed by Isuzu, Toyota, and Suzuki (strangely, the Daewoo-crafted LeMans held its Pontiac badges even as the Corolla-centered Chevy Nova became the Geo Prizm), the only Geo truck was the Tracker. The Tracker (afterwards a Chevrolet) was genuinely a Suzuki Escudo aka Vitara, and Suzuki determined to promote these trucks in North The united states with Sidekick badges. Here is just one of individuals early Sidekicks, photographed in a Denver self-services garden with interval-correct aftermarket wheels.

The to start with-technology Tracker and Sidekick had been offered here for the 1989 via 1998 design years, right after which the Tracker title lived on for a few a lot more decades on the second-technology truck and Suzuki ditched the Sidekick identify in favor of Vitara and Grand Vitara. Suzuki stored marketing Grand Vitaras listed here until eventually the really stop (which arrived in 2013).

This is the 1st Sidekick I’ve documented in the Junkyard Gems sequence, mainly because they in no way offered as properly as their Tracker siblings and have become fairly rare.

Electrical power arrived from this 1.6-liter G16 engine, a bored-and-stroked version of the engines used in these types of devices as the Suzuki Samurai and (4-cylinder) Geo Metro.

Carburetors were being approximately extinct on new cars in the United States by 1990, but you could however invest in a couple throwbacks that failed to have EFI. May well as well brag a little bit with a badge like this a person!

You could get the ’90 Sidekick with a five-velocity handbook or a three-speed automatic, with your alternative of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. This a single has the 5-pace and 4WD.

American Sidekick shoppers had their preference of a two-door hardtop or convertible model this one is the convertible.

It’s outfitted with exquisitely 1990s spoked wheels, total with the stretched slim-tire treatment.

The brightly-painted interior trim items counsel extra of a mid-2000s influence.

Just about 150,000 whole miles on the odometer.

Leaf springs? No, the Sidekick obtained fashionable coils.

In the Sidekick’s homeland, the Tv commercials went for a North African search.

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