General Motors sought to remedy its lack of a frugal economy car in the mid-1980s by turning to
Suzuki. From Korea came a Pontiac-badged version of the Daewoo
LeMans, and Suzuki built Chevrolet-badged
Cultuses in Japan (
Isuzu contributed the Gemini, sold as a
Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum, but that car was a slightly larger econobox). The
Chevrolet Sprint became the Chevrolet and then Geo Metro later on and is a much rarer junkyard sight than its descendant. Here's one that I spotted in San Francisco Bay area self-service yard recently.
You could get a turbo version of the three-cylinder, hemi-headed 1.0-liter engine in the Sprint, but this car has the regular naturally-aspirated version with a mere 48 horsepower. That's right,
These cars were extremely simple, with frills limited to such features as phony stitching molded into the plastic door panels.
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