Questo blazing import was introduced to the USA market in 1979. Only being produced between 1979-1980. It’s importer was known more for flubbery sedans not sporty imports. A bad market plan in the days following the OPEC Oil Embargo of the early 1970′con. Not having and in house small cars forced this car company to seek econo boxes from The Land Of The Rising Sun. Its parent company also seen the increase of sales of sporty imports from VW, Datsun and Toyota. The sedan platform this coupe was based on was available worldwide as early as 1976. Market under other names and makes in Japan, Europe and Canada. As some imports were switching to front wheel drive this perky coupe was rear wheel drive. This model was a special edition and only came in one color in 1979..
White with special graphics and interior. La base 2.0 liter engine was replaced with a 2.6 liter OHC with a two barrel feedback carburetor. Con 105 horsepower it had one of the best weight to power ratios of 1979. The standard transmission was a crisp shifting 5 speed with cheesy shift knob. It also featured four wheel disc brakes. Unusual in an econo-coupe del giorno. For its second year 1980 new colors were added.
A pukey tan with black graphics and a sky blue with white graphics. Almost 80% got the white and black treatment. One odd and rare option was a camping tent that secured to the open rear hatch. With the rear seat folded down it created a mini camper. Years before the Pontiac Aztek. Car magazines of the day loved it’s spirited handling and peppy perfomance. Strada e Pista praised it as a “Bargain Basement Bimmer” With newer front wheel drive offerings from other makers they never sold well. Replaced by a new front wheel model and name in 1981. Still sought by SCCA vintage racers this flaming import fell into automotive obscurity before it had a chance. CLICK HERE TO SEE >>> Che auto Is This??