Isuzu Gemini ZZ/R

The Japanese T-Car

General Motor's T-Car was truly a world car, made on 4 continents, and appearing as an Opel, Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Holden, Isuzu, Daewoo and probably something else as well.

The 1981 "ZZ/R" version you see here (expertly done by Tomica Limited Vintage) was one of the more special variants, equipped with an Isuzu G180W 8-valve DOHC 1.8-liter engine, most commonly fuel-injected, producing 130 PS (96 kW) at 6400 rpm. 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 - with all the body kit, but the same old 66PS engine! The local press dubbed it the "Snoozz/z".

The Gemini also served as the base for the Isuzu Piazza coupe, with design by Giugiaro. It was introduced in the United States in 1983 as the Isuzu Impulse and in Australia in 1986 as the Holden Piazza. I am still waiting on a TLV version of that one!

Time has not been kind to the T-Cars. The Holden version still has a small, loyal following here. In most other countries, they seem to have been quickly discarded in favor of the more modern FWD small cars that were starting to pop up everywhere. The RWD T-Car platform was just out of step for the 1980s.

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Comments (4)

  • Ah yes, a Piazza would be a classic addition. A gorgeous car IMO, and looks so much similar to the beloved DeLorean.

      8 months ago
  • Would that be a first gen Cavalier ? Or Chevette in the UK ?

      8 months ago