1990 Geo Storm GSi junkyard find

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General Motors created the Geo division in 1989, to sell rebadged Suzukis, Toyotas, and Isuzus in the United States. Most of these cars were snoresville econoboxes, but two models got high-performance upgrades and badging: the Prizm GSi (aka Toyota Corolla GT-S) and the Storm GSi (aka Isuzu Impulse). We saw a discarded Prizm GSi in this series last year, and now it’s the GSi’s turn, with this ’90 in a Phoenix self-service yard.

1990 Geo Storm GSi in Arizona wrecking yard

The Storm GSi had a DOHC four-cylinder Isuzu engine making 130 horsepower, which was excellent for a car weighing a mere 2,392 pounds. The 2,174-pound Honda CRX Si had a mere 108 horsepower (and two seats), and it cost $11,130 versus the Storm GSi’s just-slightly-higher $11,650 price tag.

1990 Geo Storm GSi in Arizona wrecking yard

Of course, Isuzus never developed quite the reputation for reliability enjoyed by Hondas. This Isuzu notched up an impressive final mileage figure, though.

1990 Geo Storm GSi in Arizona wrecking yard

The Storm sold for just the 1990 through 1993 model years, and the GSi still has a devoted following to this day.

1990 Geo Storm GSi in Arizona wrecking yard

The interior is straight-up late-1980s-style Japanese-econobox stuff, with plenty of tough gray plastic.

Not long ago, Toyota and Honda were the last word in the world of sporty imports. But that was just the calm… before the Storm.



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