Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1964 Isuzu Bellel

The large Bellel remains far less popular in Japan than some of its rivals, the Nissan Cedric or the Prince Gloria in particular. Nevertheless, it enjoys a sizeable success as a taxicab, thanks to the availability of a 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 Special Deluxe can be fitted with either the 95 hp gasoline engine or the diesel one. The estate can be exclusively fitted with the diesel engine.

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