If you’re interested in buying what must be the most perfect Geo in the world, here it is: it’s a 1996 Geo Prizm LSi, offered for sale by Randy Wise Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan. More importantly, it’s a 1-owner car with just 77,000 original miles. See the Geo Prizm models for sale near you
Yes, that’s right: here’s a well-preserved Geo Prizm. This is, of course, a big shock, since Geo was famous (or infamous) for manufacturing cheap commuter cars — the sort of thing nobody would ever save. And yet this one was saved, brilliantly so, to the point where it’s almost a perfect time capsule with only a few dents and scrapes on the outside after 21 years of driving.
And so, you might ask, what does a perfect 1996 Geo Prizm sell for? Just $2,900. A bargain price for a historical specimen.
And a historical specimen indeed it is, because the Geo Prizm was quite an unusual car. Sold from the late 1980s through 2002, the Prizm was a rebadged Toyota Corolla. And I don’t mean General Motors decided to create a vehicle to rival the Corolla — I mean they literally made the Corolla, then slapped a Geo badge on it. Beginning in 1998, with the dissolving of the Geo brand, it became the Chevrolet Prizm, but the idea was still the same: a Toyota Corolla, but … from General Motors. And it was called a Geo.
The whole thing was odd, and — as I discovered recently — Geo Prizms are kind of a deal now, selling for less than comparable Toyota Corolla models even though they’re basically the same. This one’s especially a deal, as it’s basically just a Toyota Corolla that’s traveled 77,000 miles, meaning it has oodles of life left in it. The only problem, as I see it, is location: This Prizm spent its whole life in Michigan, where the owner was probably proud to purchase a General Motors vehicle, rather than an "import" from Toyota, so it could be rusty. If not, though, it’s a window into another era. Find a Geo Prizm for sale