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Isuzu Bellett

 1963 - 1973 (Aus 1965 - 1971)
Country:
Japan
Engine:
4 cyl.
Capacity:
1471 cc
Power:
81 bhp
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
93 mph
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
5 Star
Isuzu Bellett
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating:2

Introduction



The Isuzu Bellett is a mostly forgotten vehicle these days, however duing the late 1960's it proved to be one of the most successful Japanese imports to land on Australian shores.

Although import duty forced the price up, the continual introduction of new models managed to usher in many new improvements, particularly on the mechanical side, ensuring the Bellet remained one of the best value-for-money Japanese vehicles on the market at the time

The range included Standard, Deluxe and Automatic sedans (as well as the now keenly sought after GT, which was fitted with a 1579cc unit). The Deluxe model was powered by 1471cc engine with 8.5:1 compression ratio which develops 81 bhp @ 5200 rpm and a maximum torque rating of 82 ft. lb. @ 2600 rpm.

In fact the Bellett was clocked at 93 mph on the open road, not bad for a little Japanese import. The brakes were drums all round, with twin leading shoes on the front and a total lining area of 89 1/2 sq. in. They stopped the car well with no evidence of pulling or locking, and showed no appreciable fade.

The interior and fittings were surprisingly luxurious. The Deluxe Bellett carried as standard equipment dual electric horns, 2-speed windscreen wipers and washer unit, push-button radio, fan assisted heater/demister, clock, safety belts, and full carpeting throughout.

The front seats were extremely comfortable for long journeys, and the Bellet offered excellent leg and head room, while the back seat leg and head room were remarkable for a car of its size.

The instruments were grouped in a console directly in front of the driver, clearly visible, with a coaming formed from the dash padding to prevent light reflecting on the windscreen at night. All the controls were within easy reach of the driver, including the heater / demister and radio controls.

The 1471cc engine was mated to a 4-on-the-floor manual gearbox, all synchro, and the ratios (1st 3.501; 2nd 2.175; 3rd 1.418) coupled with the final drive ratio of 3.727.1 provided lively performance around town or out on the highway.

With a price tag of $2,398 in 1969, it came well within the range of anybody willing to pay a little more for a lot of (standard) extras. But the best of the breed are undoubtedly the GT's, and we can give thanks to the Bellet for laying the foundation of arguably the best little cars to reach Australia, the Holden/Isuzu Gemini. The Isuzu Bellet also performed well in the 1965 Armstong 500, coming 6th in its class, and all three entered in the 1966 Galllaher 500 managing to finish, the best being a 5th place in Class B.

Bellet Sedan Chassis Identification Guide
Year
Built From
Chassis No
Engine Type
Engine No
1965
-
4014933
G150C
312683
1966
September 1965
4042963
-
337370
1966
February 1966
4057197
-
347122
1967
August 1966
4068769
G150C-1
358216
1968
May 1968
4102647
G150C-2
401895
1969
January 1969
4111534
-
-
1970
August 1970
4120013
G150C
423733
1971
October 1970
41322865
G150C
440745
Bellet GT Chassis Identification Guide
Year
Built From
Chassis No
Engine Type
Engine No
1966
September 1966
4201373
G160
-
1966
February 1966
4203630
-
-
1967
August 1967
4203794
G161
303617
1968
February 1968
4207378
-
314408
1968
May 1968
4207950
-
33408
1969
January 1969
4208913
-
-
1970
September 1969
4209652
G161
364336
1971
October 1970
4212552
-
394414
Isuzu Bellett
Isuzu Bellett

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Isuzu Production 1956 - 1979
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Greg
Posted 815 days ago
Hi im looking for a bellet to restore if anyone can help please call Greg on 0419 265 756
norm vearing
Posted 868 days ago
attn JIM and any others looking for bellett waterpumps try ebay chev luv,
available in usa and will fit,chev luv motor 1600cc will drop basically straight in.....normanvearing@live *** ***
James
Posted 914 days ago
Hi. Looking for a water pump for my 1969 Isuzu bellett engine G150 model PR20. Or info where I can obtain one. Contact me at jim@etsperth *** Kind Regards Jim
William
Posted 933 days ago
I'm looking for an Isuzu Bellett GT in NSW and parts for Bellett sedan 1966 or 1967
ph 0400764763
Ian
Posted 1037 days ago
I have a few bellet parts if anyone wants them
Ian NSW western suburbs
ianclare@y7mail ***
Brett
Posted 2157 days ago
Hi to all the Bellett enthusiasts.
Every year, we hold a national meeting for Bellett owners, so feel free to contact me on bellett.1600.gt@hotmail *** for information on the event, and any other Bellett-related chat.
Cheers.
 
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