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Buick/Opel (T-car). 1977–9 (prod. unknown). 4-door sedan, 2-door coupé. F/R, 1817 cm³ (4 cyl. OHC). Buick had been selling Opels from the German arm of General Motors for years and many Americans knew them as Buick Opels. However, they tended to have a model identifier (e.g. Manta, GT, 1900) after that. In 1976, this car had been the Opel Isuzu. But by 1977, it bore the simple name of Buick/Opel or Buick Opel, depending on which brochure and which ad you were looking at. The cars themselves tended to have the virgule. The irony of all this was that the Buick/Opel was neither American nor German: it was a rebadged Isuzu Gemini made in Japan, albeit designed by Opel of Germany. Generally a well built compact car, complementing the Chevrolet Chevette in GM’s US line-up, but suffered from an identity crisis. By GM’s own admission, inferior to the Toyota Corolla 30.

Manufacturing location: Fujisawa (?), Japan

Marque: Buick | Predecessor: Opel Isuzu | Successor: Isuzu Gemini

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