_____In August of 2010, I took delivery of a beautiful 1987 Isuzu Impulse RS Turbo Special Edition. The Special Edition JR was only produced in 1987, and came equipped with a 2.0L Turbo and the stiffest Lotus suspension ever installed on an Impulse. The Special Edition was also only available in white, with matching white wheels and a pewter colored bumpers and trim. This one owner, Arizona kept car came to me with a mere 56,500 original miles, and very few aftermarket customizations, none of which interfere with the original look and feel of the car. The first generation Isuzu Impulse (known by Isuzu as the "JR") was originally conceived by famed automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro in 1978. Giugiaro coined it the "Asso di Fiori", or Ace of Clubs, and the original concept car was showcased at the 1979 Tokyo Motor Show . The unveiling of Giugiaro's latest revolutionary design was so enthusiastically received, that the car was almost immediately fast-tracked into production. From the original concept drawings to the production model, very little was changed, and in 1981, the Isuzu Piazza (as it was named outside the US) was born at the Geneva Motor Show. So, from May of 1981, the Isuzu Piazza went into production. In Australia is was sold by Isuzu's GM affiliate, Holden, and was called the Holden Piazza. In the United States, the car was released in 1983 and renamed the "Isuzu Impulse". One can only speculate that for the American market they changed the name to "Impulse" because 'Piazza' sounded too much like 'pizza', despite the fact that the car was also affectionately referred to as "The Wedge", due to its cheese wedge shape.
_____ For me, owning one of these rare gems in such nice shape was the "cherry-on-top" of my little Isuzu collection. While the car is in excellent shape for its age, there are a few things that it needs. The tinting is old and needs to be replaced, and there are a few very minor chips and dings that I would like to get repaired. The pewter spoiler, bumper and lower sills are all quite faded, and new paint would really bring these parts back to life. The rear pin-striping needs to be fixed and the car needs a good detailing. Most of all, the motor and suspension really need some attention if I want to keep this car running for years to come. So my plans for the car are quite simple, keep it running, keep it clean, and keep it original.
  My 1987 Isuzu Impulse RS Turbo

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