Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Storm GSi
The Storm was the Geo-ized American-market version of the 1990-1993 Isuzu Gemini Coupe, and the GSi version was cheaper and more powerful than most of its sport-compact competition of the era. Most of them seemed to come in bright yellow paint, and most of them were crushed before they hit their tenth birthday. Still, some of them survived as long as any Civic Si or Sentra SE-R.
Here’s one that I found in a Denver-area self-service yard last year.
Well over 200,000 miles on the clock, which is exceptional for an early-1990s Isuzu product.
This one still had its original owner’s manual, complete with dealership cards indicating an original sale in Colorado Springs.
The sporty plastic body moldings so popular at the time tended to trap dirt, salt, and moisture against the car’s metal, with results like this.
The GSi version of the Storm came with a very respectable 130 horsepower under the hood, while the ordinary Storm had a mere 95 horses. This car has the DOHC GSi engine, though it lacks the GSi badging. In fact, all the exterior badging has been removed.
In the past, we have seen this ’90 Storm GSi, this ’91 Storm GSi, plus this dealer-promo model GSi (in yellow, of course).
In Japan, the Gemini Coupe got this slippy-slidey ad featuring the Peter Gunn theme song.
In Canada, this car was known as the Asüna Sunfire, for reasons we’re pretty sure didn’t even make sense at the time.
Naturally, the Isuzu-badged version got the Joe Isuzu treatment.
[Images: © 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]
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I really wanted a Yellow Geo Storm for my first car. But the car was discontinued by the time I got my licence. My parents didn't want to buy a car that wasn't made anymore so they got me a 1993 Geo Prizm LSI instead. Not that I didn't like the Prizm, and it was a really nice car; but I would have loved the Storm instead. I wish there were more sportier fun cars today like that had in the 90's
I was a lot boy at a small rural Chevy store in the early 90s while in HS. The Storm GSI, with its low profile tires/kinda cool alloys , and low curb weight was the best car-lot speed handling vehicle on the lot. We had only a few Vettes at a time , and the IROCs were just too big to zip around the lot. Top selling colors were yellow and oh so 90s teal green.