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It Came From eBay Hell: The Geo Storm Pickup You Never Knew You Wanted

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Few names in automotive history make the average car enthusiast’s skin crawl like, “Geo”. Geo was General Motors response to the growing number of Japanese and South Korean imports that had invaded the U.S. market. Essentially taking the most boring and insipid models from Suzuki, Toyota and Isuzu and building them stateside, Geo embodied the whole, “Who Gives A...” attitude that has made GM so reviled by some.

The Geo Storm was essentially an Isuzu Impulse stripped off all the things that would have made the latter an appealing proposition to the enthusiast: Lotus tuned suspension, turbocharger and AWD. What was left was essentially a four-cylinder sedan with two less doors and a vaguely sporty body. Still, it was a big seller for Geo and GM, no doubt leaving the corpse of Colin Chapman rolling in his grave.

And so it was, from the depths of eBay Hell, a “1 of a kind” Geo Storm pickup truck. Behold the myriad of features such as a sliding rear window with “WWII Bomber Girl mural”, gullwing T-Tops and custom 17-inch rims. A fourth generation Camaro-style front end, red white and blue “Patriotic paint theme”, a Chevy Chevelle SS hood cowling and a shaved tail gate handle complete the exterior package.

The car retrains Isuzu’s 12-valve engine and 5spd manual transmission, the former of which has recently had a comprehensive tune-up. It’s hard to poke too much fun at the seller: a civilian combat veteran hit by some family health problems. All told it’s a good conversion and the price – US$13,000 – could be a lot worse. Check out the pics (and video) and leave your voice your opinion below.

By Tristan Hankins

Source: eBay


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6 Comments:

Anonymous said... »February 16, 2011

From your description I would have expected something much worse

Anonymous said... »February 16, 2011

@anonymous. Define "much worse"...

Bobby said... »February 16, 2011

Easy: http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2011/02/what-were-they-thinking-when-alfa-romeo.html

Anonymous said... »February 16, 2011

"@anonymous. Define "much worse"..."

Firstly, the colourscheme and styling bits (and horrid steering wheel) might not be to my liking, but the conversion to pickup truck actually looks decent. It's won a lot of trophees, so it can't be that bad.

Secondly, although I have never driven or even seen a Geo Storm, it actually looks pretty cool. It was aparently popular at the time, and given it's Japanese roots, was probably more reliable than US cars of the time. Please tell me if I'm wrong?

Anonymous said... »February 17, 2011

Not my cup of tea, and I've seen worse; but give this guy some credit for at least trying to be imaginative and building something that has some appeal. Seems like it was well done.

Anonymous said... »February 19, 2011

Not too bad. I expected something horrible. The builder did a great job. Just needs a better project!

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