Monday, July 11, 2011

Car of the Day: July 11, 2011

Today's Car of the Day is the Tomica Limited Vintage neo Isuzu Gemini ZZ/R


The Isuzu Gemini was a compact car built, in several generations, by Isuzu and sold from 1974 to 2000. The same basic product was built and/or sold under several other names, sometimes by other General Motors brands, in various markets around the world. The first Gemini was the Bellett Gemini, first seen in November 1974. It was based on the third-generation Opel Kadett C on the General Motors T-car platform and came in four-door sedan and two-door coupe body styles. The chassis code was PF50, although the later 1.8 liter versions were called PF60 and the diesels PFD60.

The T-car was sold around the world under different names: Chevrolet Chevette, Pontiac T1000, Holden Gemini, Isuzu Piazza, Opel Kadett, Vauxhall Chevette, Bedford Chevanne, Pontiac Acadian and Daewoo Maepsy.

In June 1979, the Gemini received a new slant nose with rectangular headlights and a redesigned rear end. The changes were actually more comprehensive than that, also including a redesigned (longer) engine bay and a wider radiator opening for two new engines added in November (the twin cam G180W and the new 4FB1 diesel) which both required wider radiators for more air for cooling.

In Japan, sports models were available under the names ZZ/R, ZZ/T and ZZ/E. These were equipped with an Isuzu G180W 8-valve DOHC 1.8-liter engine, most commonly fuel injected, producing 97kW at the flywheel. These models also came with a shortened remote throw manual shift lever and optional factory LSD differential.

Here in Australia, we got the Holden Gemini ZZ/Z - which looked pretty much identical, and had all the go-faster body kit, but none of the "go faster' engines. Go figure.

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Well, that was my five days - hope you like some of them - and yes, the "theme" was "car brands which don't exist anymore".

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