1986 Isuzu Impulse Turbo: Dream Project

1986 Isuzu Impulse

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted an Isuzu Impulse Turbo. As a fan of MK2 Volkswagens, I saw it as the Scirocco VW should have built, with rear-wheel drive and a turbocharged engine. Factor in the other touches of 80’s period goodness, like the flip-up headlights, clamshell hood and ample Turbo graphics, and you have one of my favorite potential project cars. This 1986 model here on craigslist is available for $2,500 and looks like a great starting point – the automatic is unfortunate, but these cars are hard enough to find in any form that I’d gladly buy it as-is. The interior is in astonishingly good condition for the age, as are the polished OEM wheels. A car I wish I could buy, right now. If any of our readers have experience with these turbocharged hatchbacks, let us know in the comments below.


  1. Tirefriar

    I agree with you Jeff that auto is unfortunate but so is the salvage title. I wouldn’t ever buy this car, not because of the title, but because I would hate driving it in auto and be looking to dump it as soon as I’m done with my first drive through the canyons.

  2. Doug M. (West)

    Never noticed these before… for some reason, though, it reminds me of the Renault Fuego turbo that my inlaws bought back in the eighties! Though it is probably not very nice to even compare the two…

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