Collection Of Minty-Fresh Geos Could Be Yours3
We see some oddball stuff crop up on Craigslist. This is either a super cool collection, or incredibly lame, depending on the eyes of the beholder. We’re leaning towards super cool.
Up for grabs are four Geos, the long-gone General Motors-Toyota-Suzuki-Isuzu brand tie-up in the United States. It was meant to be the “hip,” entry-level brand for the kids when it came about; its demise was not unlike Toyota’s Scion brand. You can’t tell the kids what’s cool.
We digress. The collection includes a 1996 Suzuki X-90, a 1996 Geo Tracker LSi, a 1993 Geo Metro and a 1991 Geo Storm GSi. The Metro, X-90 and Tracker each hail from Suzuki, while the Storm is based on the Isuzu Impulse. This particular Storm also features the coveted “Handling by Lotus” badge. Yes, a Japanese-American brand received a touch from the British sports car marque. The 1990s were great.
Each car features relatively low miles, too, though the Storm houses 280,000 miles on the odometer. The X-90 has 70,000 miles, the Tracker has 120,000 miles and the Metro has just 30,000 miles. If you hadn’t noticed, the Metro is also a convertible. Each car is also a five-speed manual.
Someone is poised to pick up this obscure collection, and the price isn’t outrageous either; the seller asks just $12,000 to take all four cars to a new home.
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Yes, correct, the X90 was built in Japan by Suzuki. Don’t know where the Storm was built. The Metro, (Swift under the Suzuki badge) Tracker (Sidekick under the Suzuki badge) were built at the then joint venture assembly plant, CAMI in Ingersoll, Ont. Still amazed at how many of these I still see on the road. Not because I question the quality but simply because of their age.
My best friend had a yellow Storm. Geo was an interesting brand born at the wrong time to a company that was already supporting too many brands and models.