There weren’t many Prizm GSi built back in the very late 80s and early 90s – and nearly 30 years later, there are precious few remaining. Viewed by most as a disposable economy car, the GSi wasn’t generally babied like someone may have coddled a similar model year Corvette or Mustang. How many actually remain in running condition is up for debate, but what we do have is data on how many were built.
Starting production in 1989, there were 3,565 GSi produced for the 1990 model year. The ’91 model production declined to 2,250 and the final production year saw 1,215 units leave the NUMMI factory. The breakdown follows:
Overall Production Numbers
- Notchback – 2,972
- Hatchback – 593
- Notchback – 2,013
- Hatchback – 237
- Notchback – 1,215
- Hatchback – 0
Source: General Motors Heritage Center
As typical for automobiles, the first year was the hot seller, followed by a steady decline. Overall, Prizm sales were strong enough for General Motors to continue with a second- and third-generation model, followed up by two generations of Pontiac Vibe as a successor. Sadly, the performance GSi version didn’t carry over to the following Prizm generations, though the Vibe did get a GT version with the 180-horsepower 2ZZ-GE Toyota engine starting in 2003.
We hope to compile a decent listing of the remaining GSi – dead or alive. If you own a GSi, or have seen one for sale online or in person, fill out the form below! We will register it here for posterity.
|1Y1SL5452LZ181455||1990||Notch||Auto||Med. Gray||On the road|
|1Y1SL6459MZ005820||1991||Hatch||Manual||Black||On the road|
|1Y1SL5456NZ068580||1992||Notch||Auto||Red||On the road|
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