1990 Geo Storm
Ah, California. Land of milk and honey. Beaches and palm trees. Rust free cars.
Like this car – a very basic edition of the Geo Storm. Also known as the Isuzu Impulse, the Storm was part of General Motors’ marketing strategy to isolate all of their
good cars import selections under one banner near the service department restroom of your local Chevy dealership. The Storm was available as a basic, fuel-sipping runabout or a more powerful and sporty GSi model. Not only is today’s hatchback the unfortunate base model, it’s an automatic (cue sad trombone).
Buuut… I believe it’s that combination that has allowed this car to remain in relatively pristine condition. Having turned past 94,000 miles on the odometer, the car is no spring chicken, but by no means is completely used up at this point. The paint looks to be in decent shape and rust free. The wheels remain their factory color instead of some melange of worn metallic paint and black primer. Inside, the upholstery is free of serious defects and honestly, the only downside is the aforementioned autotragic and perhaps the funky shades of faded blues on the dash and plastic bits.
Bonus points for the half-hidden pop-up headlights and likewise hidden door handles that defy all reasonable expectations of ergonomics. All of this can be yours for the low price of $2,888!
Ah, California, land of well-preserved 90s economy sport coupes.