Regarding this recent thing about the Impulse/Piazza:

One other thing that is worth mentioning as to why these are relatively rare... the MSRP.

Using 1987 as an example and using NADAguides.com for data:

Isuzu Impulse RS turbo: $14,639

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Ford Mustang GT: $11,835

Chevy Chevette CS 2 door Hatchback: $4995

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Factoring in the MSRP, which would you pick? The tarted up Fairmont, the tarted up Chevette, or the actual Chevette?