Monday, 22 February 2010

Isuzu Bellett GT-R

The little-known Bellett, manufactured between 1963-73, was the first JDM model to adopt the 'GT' moniker when the two-door coupe launched in '64. The GT-R was a rather more hardcore evolution of the GT, with its black bonnet and spotlamps emulating European rally-stage heroes. The 1600 twin-carb DOHC from the 117 coupe produced 120bhp which, coupled with a kerb-weight of just 920kg, gave lively performance with a sublime engine note.

Only 1400-ish GT-Rs were produced, ensuring a keen (if somewhat niche) following today. Of course, they're happiest when being driven enthusiastically...

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