Mini Truckin’ Centerfold: 1989 Isuzu Amigo

As part of the formidable years of my automotive upbringing, a phenomenon that involved taking light-duty import trucks and SUVs and dressing them up with wild paint jobs and body kits became a regular fixture of my magazine stand reading. I blame the fact that most mini truckin’ magazines had some nicely dressed ladies on the cover and elsewhere, so I can’t claim that my interest in a custom Isuzu Amigo is completely due to the vehicle itself. Regardless, these are increasingly in vogue as shows like Radwood take hold. Find it here on the Barrett Used Cars website for $3,900.

Seemingly every custom truck from this era made liberal use of turquoise paint. Why is that? More interestingly, the paint jobs weren’t always what you’d consider masculine, mixing up softer colors that were more likely found on an early 90s Geo Storm than a slammed pickup truck. A body kit was almost always involved, combining air dams and side strakes with little concern for the slab-sided box of an SUV they were installed on. Give credit where credit is due, however – this kit looks like it fits the Amigo fairly well.

I’d expect that given its 2WD configuration, some suspension work has bee performed that allows this Amigo to sit closer to the ground. The interior looks quite fresh, and overall, I’m surprised at how well this custom Amigo is holding up. In my experience, custom rigs like this tend to look quite tired by the time they end up on the used car lot, a far cry from what their original builder intended. The door panels are likewise quite nice, and it’s great to see the OEM steering wheel hasn’t been ripped out for some Pep Boys trash.

Now, the pink butterfly insignias would likely suggest lady ownership, but even that design looks quite well done (it’s at least centered in the headrests). Check out the pinstriping that continues down the inside of the B-pillar, and the deep blue paint which suggests this Amigo was painted inside and out. I hate to assume this custom Amigo was built to a high degree, but an in-person inspection would be needed to confirm. Regardless, from where I’m sitting, the details look surprisingly good on a custom truck from a bygone era.

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  1. Capriest

    I wonder how many young girls have gone in all excited to look at this, and had their dream crushed by the 3rd pedal?

  2. Mark-A

    Was this sold as a Vauxhall/Opel Frontera in Europe? Looks like a case of Badge Engineering if it is

  3. Mike

    Got to pull out my Member’s Only jacket to drive this. I know I have it somewhere in the closet.

  4. Sheffieldcortinacentre

    Yes frontera.

  5. Aribert

    Also Holden Frontera in Australia. Differences in engines – GME engines in Europe, Isuzu engines in NA, no idea as to what engines in Holden.

  6. Chris

    Nothing a gallon of gas and a fresh match wouldn’t resolve.

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