The first mass-produced Japanese car with an Italian design.
Introduced in 1968, the Isuzu 117 was one of the first Japanese cars to feature an entirely Italian design. Created by renowned automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the car featured a stylish fastback design and a dynamic silhouette. It became a hugely successful model for Isuzu and remained in production for 13 years, until the company replaced it with another Giorgetto Giugiaro design, the Isuzu Piazza. One of only a few known models in North America, this 1975 Isuzu 117 XE Coupé showcases the beauty of the original 1960s car in all its glory.
The previous owner, an experienced car collector, maintained it in pristine condition. He also showcased it at the inaugural 2018 Pebble Beach Japanese Automotive Invitational. This particular car also comes with many high-end features from the factory. It boasts electric windows with polished trims, air conditioning, slimline chrome bumpers and a wraparound back light as well as signature JDM wing mirrors. The four cylinder 1.8-liter engine comes with a four-speed manual transmission.
The spacious interior features period-appropriate black vinyl trimming as well as original fittings and switchgear. Other features include an AM/FM radio with a cassette player, four seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and a roomy boot. The exterior shines with a dark metallic green livery and Panasport-style alloy wheels. This 1975 Isuzu 117 XE Coupé sold at auction through RM Sotheby’s for $31,000 on the 30th of June, 2021. Photographs© RM Sotheby’s.