Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1963 Isuzu Bellel

Despite some issues regarding quality, the Bellel is now a much better car that is particularly appreciated as a taxi, most of them being powered by the economical diesel engine. In November 1962, a new Special Deluxe, a plush variant of the car, is introduced. It is initially fitted with a more powerful version - thanks to a new carburettor - of the 2.0-litre gasoline engine, though the 2.0-litre diesel becomes available from spring 1963. Half-way through the year, the Bellel starts being exported to selected markets in both right- and left-hand drive versions, generally fitted with the diesel engine.

Isuzu Bellel
● Introduction: October 1961. Construction: unibody. Engine: water-cooled inline four, 1.5-litre, 72 hp, mounted at the front. Optional engines: inline four, 2.0-litre, 85 hp; inline four, 2.0-litre, 95 hp; diesel inline four, 2.0-litre, 55 hp. Transmission: to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual gearbox. Suspension: independent at the front, rigid axle at the rear. Brakes: hydraulic, to drums on all four wheels. Length: 444 cm (estate), 449 cm (saloon). Top speed: 105 kph (diesel), 130 to 150 kph (gasoline). Range: four-door “Standard” sedan, four-door “Deluxe” sedan, four-door “Special Deluxe” sedan, four-door “Express” estate. Note: the Deluxe is exclusively fitted with the 85 hp engine. The 95 hp engine is reserved to the Special Deluxe, which can also be powered by the diesel engine from April 1963. The estate can be exclusively fitted with the diesel engine.

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