05/03/2021

Mechanic Escape

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Junkyard Gem: 1997 Hyundai Accent GT

The Hyundai Accent has been with us for so lengthy — because the 1995 model...

The Hyundai Accent has been with us for so lengthy — because the 1995 model calendar year in the United States — that we consider it for granted as a competent-but-unexciting commuter subcompact. The Accent changed Hyundai’s 1st American-sector supplying, the cheap-and-crude Excel, and it proved fantastic more than enough to make the level of competition sweat considerably additional than its predecessor ever did. One particular of the rarest of all Accents is the GT edition, accessible through its early a long time of output, and that is what I’ve found for present day Junkyard Gem in Colorado.

Finally, a twin-overhead-cam engine became conventional on the Accent, but in 1997 you experienced to get the GT to get that bit of manufacturing facility-hot-rod engineering.

Very substantially the identical factor as an Acura Integra GS-R, but at about half the selling price ($21,a hundred and fifty versus $10,614, or $34,626 and $seventeen,377 currently).

Basically, that ’97 GS-R experienced a hundred and seventy horsepower and the ’97 Accent GT experienced one zero five horsepower, but that was even now much better than the 92-horse engine in the regular Accent that calendar year.

This auto has the base five-pace manual transmission, which would have produced it reasonably enjoyable to travel.

The Accent GT also obtained a stiffer suspension and this exquisitely nineteen nineties seat upholstery.

225,781 miles is really fantastic for a auto that in all probability failed to get handled with kid gloves.

By the close, its ultimate proprietor was just dumping cigarette butts and orange peels on the ground. 

The duct-tape residue, sheet-metallic screws, and crudely mounted aftermarket radio indicate that quite a few audio methods lived in this dash.

The Tiburon took in excess of from the Accent GT as Hyundai’s sporty auto, but we can recall this a person as the descendant of the Scoupe.

New Accent!