Rare Rides: A Red (Mostly) Suzuki Crapwagon Collection, in Geo Form

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a red mostly suzuki crapwagon collection in geo form

This is actually the first time in our Rare Rides series where Rides applies directly to a single story. That’s because this is more of a rare collection of cars from someone who is dedicated to a singular passion. A passion which only comes in one color, and which bears mostly misleading badging.

You don’t want to miss what you’re about to see.

That’s because listed on the Richmond, Virginia Craigslist is the following set of stunners.

That’s right, a collection of three Suzuki models and one Isuzu where three are badged as Geos and all of them are the same color of Cheap Cheerful Rojo. Let’s proceed from left to right, and see what we’re dealing with here.

  • 1991 Geo Storm Gsi, 280,000 miles, 5-speed
  • 1993 Geo Metro, 30,000 miles, 5-speed
  • 1996 Geo Tracker Lsi, 120,000 miles, 5-speed, 4WD
  • 1996 Suzuki X-90, 70,000 miles, 5-speed, 2WD

There’s something to recommend three of these to the right sort of customer. The Storm, which was actually a rebadged Isuzu Gemini, has a suspension tuned by Lotus. The Metro is very low miles, manual, and a convertible. The X-90 is actually my favorite automotive flop, and it boasts low miles and a manual (unfortunately, it’s a two-wheel-drive example). The Tracker I left for last because it’s not special, and the black hood is ugly.

Our seller has assigned “worth at least” pricing to each model, for a grand total of $19,000. Since each one is “worth at least” that much, we’re really talking about $23,000-plus worth of metal here. So, I guess it’s good he’s willing to let his prized collection go for the pitifully small sum of $12,000.

Even at that 47-percent discount, he’s still asking too much. What would you pay for this Suzuki Red Rides Redux?

[Images: Craigslist]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on May 11, 2017

    This is a buy just for the lulz. Jay Leno where are you?

  • Higheriq Higheriq on May 12, 2017

    Little known fact as told to me by a U.S. Suzuki executive several years ago: the X-90 was intended to be a competitor for the Honda CRX.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on May 12, 2017

      @psychoboy Well I didn't know that about the Del Sol, but that's a good point. Also, the Del Sol model was *not* fit to wear the CRX badge. Shame on Honda.

  • Jerry Hightower I'd like to see a true hardtop.
  • Jerry Hightower I'd like to see a true hardtop
  • 28-Cars-Later "Six-thousand dollars get you in the door."You just cost me six thousand dollars! And one Cadillac.
  • 28-Cars-Later Kudos to the Mazda team on the attractive front end, though the lack of front bumper is still detention after class. Rest of it is also visually appealing, its shocking me how good this looks and how bad Honda (and to an extent Toyota's) styling is in comparison.
  • Slyons My guess is they keep the 2.0 liter they have now with minor tweaks, and shoehorn in the 48V mild hybrid system that just debuted in the CX-90. Should allow for all the regular fun of wringing out the 4 cyl and bump the fuel mileage up at least a couple points. I don't think we'll see a major evolution of the drivetrain until the next next model (NF?).
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