Wednesday, July 17, 2013

7 of 50: Alma: 1988 Isuzu Impulse, Handling By Lotus

The first generation Isuzu Impulse was one of the last of the classic Japanese rear-drive sports compacts and it featured a 5-spd manual transmission, turbocharged engines and a handling package designed by Lotus.  Of course, this was when the iconic Lotus Engineering company was whoring out its name on everything short of a Twinkie box, but at least Isuzu was trying to market to "enthusiasts."  Find this 1988 Isuzu Impulse for sale in Shreveport, LA for the bargain price of $1700 via craigslist.


Isuzu didn't sell many of the Lotus handling package equipped Impulse/Piazza platform and as such finding one in good condition today is a bit of a challenge.  At least this one runs/drives and you'll be able to get it home on its own power, but expect some time/money on cosmetic restoration before you start winning trophies at your local JDM meet and greet.


Can you resist the Impulse? Don't Lotus talk you out of it.


This feature is part of Daily Turismo's birthday celebration of 50 cars in 24 hours..

1 comment:

  1. I owned one of these, briefly, in the mid 90s. Hideously complex electrical system with lots of odd, hard to diagnose problems. Got rid of it in a hurry. Never again...and good luck getting parts.

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