Junkyard Gem: 1992 Isuzu Amigo

Right after some success furnishing Normal Motors with little A lot quicker pickups badged as Chevrolet LUVs in North The us (furthermore some Chevette-relevant Geminis labeled “Buick/Opel by Isuzu,” which puzzled everyone), Isuzu started marketing cars underneath its own identify here in the early 1980s. At initially, we just obtained I-Mark subcompacts and P’up pickups. Then the Trooper SUV appeared in 1984, and Isuzu joined the suburban-commuter truck game in a major way. For the 1989 model 12 months, the minor Amigo a few-door convertible SUV landed on our shores. This is a person of those early vans, identified in even now-rad affliction in a San Francisco Bay Spot self-support property just lately.

The moment Isuzu designed a edition with five doors and a solid roof, offering it Rodeo badges in the course of action, the Amigo turned much more of an afterthought in the North American Isuzu world. Amigo revenue halted in this article just after 1995, then resumed for 1998-2000 (after which the a few-doorway grew to become the Rodeo Sport right before disappearing in 2003).

Beginning in 1996, Isuzu replaced its Amigo-system-linked pickup with a rebadged Chevy S-10 acknowledged as the Hombre. That meant that Spanish-talking Isuzu customers could be disturbed by the prospect of acquiring a good friend or a man. The Isuzu firm by itself was named just after a river in Mie Prefecture.

The Suzuki Samurai kicked off the “sweet-ute” trend for the 1986 product calendar year, with the Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker showing up in 1989. All around the same time, irritating pastel colours and squiggly graphics turned stylish. This — and other regrettable 1980s fashions — ongoing effectively into the 1990s (Just one man’s “annoying” and “unfortunate” is another’s “delightful” – Ed).

This odometer can’t be appropriate! I suspect a damaged speedometer cable.

The motor is a 2.6-liter inline-four rated at 119 horsepower. 

As opposed to Honda’s VTEC, the variable-cam-timing method that created its debut in the 1989 Honda Integra, Isuzu’s I-TEC title just stood for an digital fuel injection method. 

The only transmission in the Amigo for the initially pair of a long time was a five-pace guide, which is in this truck. That 3-pedal setup saved the Amigo’s attractiveness constrained to the modest group of American drivers keen to work a clutch. The optional automatic grew to become available for 1992. You could get the Amigo with 4-wheel generate, but this one particular is the less expensive rear-wheel-travel model.

This interior seems so great that maybe this Amigo really did get junked with 57,000+ on the odometer. Examining the California BAR’s Vehicle Smog Check background (by plugging in the VIN), I see that it final took — and passed — a smog check in 2010. Probably something broke at age 18 and it sat in a garage until finally its final operator at last gave up on it.

Which is as well poor, for the reason that this little truck would have been a strike at Radwood.

This commercial is for the next-technology Amigo, but it truly is a will have to-see owing to the homage to the aged Slinky advertisements.

Mainly because just about each and every Isuzu (and Daewoo and Suzuki, for that subject) was sold below unique names elsewhere in the sprawling GM Empire of the 1990s, this is a professional for the German-sector Opel Frontera.