Given that cars last much longer than they did 30 years ago, it’s really no wonder that a vast majority of cars sold today are some variation of beige, silver, gray, black or white. No one wants to have a garish color polluting their driveway for the next decade when a simple black makes a classy and not too brash statement.
Likewise, no dealer wants to have a handful of unfashionable teal sedans languishing on the lot while the more conservatively-tinted cars move quickly. It’s then no surprise that the manufacturers are constantly tweaking the color selection of various models to meet or anticipate demand year-by-year.
But have you ever wondered why you’ve never seen that bold Dark Blue Metallic on a GSi hatchback? Or why it seems like most every GSi you see is Bright Red?
In this second installment of Convince Me This is(n’t) a Bad Idea™, we see a couple of grainy shots of what appear to be Toyota Sprinter Trueno flip-up headlights magically grafted into the front ends of a 4- and 5- door Sprinters somewhere in Southeast Asia.
(So I don’t have to.)
Featured here a while back, this is the cream of the crop when it comes to the Prizm GSi. Sure, it’s not in perfect condition, but someone with a little wherewithal and gumption could get this baby spiffed up in a jiffy.
Calm down, the long-awaited Prizm GSi app isn’t ready for launch. Nor will it ever be. The Prizm is definitely an analogue car in a digital world. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with the digital side, right? Continue reading
Every once in a while, I plan to delve into a topic not entirely GSi-centric. There will be a GSi tie-in, but it may be a bit tenuous. So bear with me as we take a detour…
One of the key considerations for the various fixes and improvements I’ve planned and begun for the GSi has been whether to maintain factory-correct specification, go for a slightly updated “resto-mod” (as much as I hate that term), or go full-bore into a cone-eating weekend autocross warrior.
At this point, that decision is still up in the air, so the early-2000s aftermarket CD player still resides in its seemingly subterranean spot way down low in the center console. With elderly technology comes compromise and opportunity.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to say about a car based on an ad. Obviously rough-looking due to a rattle-can primer paint job, this 1990 sedan is located in Madison, Wisconsin – which in itself is a big red flag. These cars, after all, are not known for robust rust resistance. But, the seller says that the car spent most of its life in Southern California. So there’s that.
If you’ve got an hour of free time, you owe it to yourself to check out this episode of This American Life – it provides a fascinating insight into the creation of the joint venture that formed the NUMMI factory where the Prizm GSi was built.
Perhaps people are starting to recognize the Geo Prizm GSi as a legitimate and valued collector car. Or maybe Google is beginning to pick up these very pages in their search algorithm. Whichever it is, prices on the last couple of GSi available on Craigslist have certainly spiked over previous ads.
Scrolling back through the posts on this blog, you will notice a pattern – you can have a Prizm GSi in any color you like, as long as it’s red, white or black. Sure there were a few outliers – a silver, a subtle champagne color, as well as a nice dark blue. But for the most part, it was one of the big three listed above.