• VAUXHALL T CAR - CHEVETTE VARIATIONS IN ECUADOR
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The Aymesa company was founded in 1970 as a distributor of Vauxhall cars and Bedford trucks for the market in Ecuador. The first vehicle that was locally built was part of the General Motors BTV programme (Basic Transport Vehicle) and based around Bedford HA Van mechanicls, it wa called Andino. It remained in production for many years and there are still plenty in regular use today. It was adapted for Ecuador production by Carlos Almeida who was Assistant Engineering Manager for Aymesa. The Andino was launched in 1972 and was the first model name Aymesa used and by 1975 1,000 of the small trucks had been produced. The Aymesa logo was also designed by Carlos Almeida, and is an acronym for Automobiles and Machines of Ecuador. In 1972 Aymesa made Ecuador one of the few countries in the region that produced their own vehicles.

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INTRODUCED IN 1972 THE ANDINO WAS PRODUCED FOR MANY YEARS, THIS IS A LATER VERSION WITH A UNIQUE TO ECUADOR BODY DESIGN

The first passenger car sold by Aymesa was a variation of the T Car produced by Grumett in Uruguay and was a glass-fibre bodied version of the Vauxhall Chevette 2 door saloon and called the Aymesa Cepsa Condor 1400. It used the 1.4litre OHC engine supplied by GM Brazil, hence the "powered by Chevette" in the advert. There was also an Estate version, which was the same as the Grumett 250M from Uruguay, a fibre-glass version of the Vauxhall Chevette Estate, and was marketed as the Aymesa Gazelle Condor 1400. A pick up version was also available and again was imported fully built in glass-fibre from Grumett in Uruguay.

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In 1978 another T Car variation was offered for sale, once again it was built by Grummet in glass-fibre car and based on the Isuzu I Mark Coupe with a Vauxhall Chevette style front end design. It was called the Aymesa Condor GT.

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THE ISUZU I MARK COUPE BASED AYMESA CONDOR GT LAUNCHED IN 1979 WAS AVAILABLE WITH 1.4 & 1.6 LITRE ENGINES

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THE 1979 AYMESA GALA COUPE WAS BASED ON THE CONDOR GT BUT WITH A LOCALLY DESIGNED BODY

In 1979 a new in house design was launched, called the Aymesa Condor Gala. Designed completely by Aymesa it was based on the Condor GT but with a slightly larger body which looked a bit out of proportion viewed from the front but was quite attractive from the rear, it not a very big sales success.

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THE BEST VIEW OF THE GALA COUPE WAS FROM THE REAR

AYMESA CONDOR GT MADE BY GRUMMET, ALSO KNOWN ORIGINALLY AS CONDOR GT

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A RARE ADVERT FOR THE AYMESA CEPSA CONDOR 1400 WHICH WAS MADE BY GRUMETT IN URUGUAY AND WAS A GLASS-FIBRE VERSION OF THE VAUCHALL CHEVETTE 2 DOOR SALOON WITH A 1400cc OHC ENGINE FROM GM BRAZIL

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BEING MADE OF GLASS-FIBRE IT WAS EASY TO MODIFY WHICH MANY PEOPLE DID AS SHOWN ABOVE

From 1981 production began, using steel instead of glass-fibre, at the Quito plant building a version of the Brazillian Chevrolet Chevette, the 2 door saloon was now joined by a 4 door and renamed the car was renamed the Chevrolet San Remo.

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A PRESS RELEASE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE 1982 CHEVROLET SAN REMO 2 DOOR STANDARD SALOON

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THE PICK UP, WHICH WAS INITIALLY IMPORTED FROM GRUMMET IN URUGUAY, WAS BUILT IN ECUADOR FROM 1983 WHEN IT WAS RENAMED THE CHEVROLET CARGO, IT WAS STILL MADE IN GLASS-FIBRE

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THE LATER LATER GLASS-FIBRE 2 DOOR SALOON WAS REVISED AND RE BADGED AS A CHEVROLET IN 1979 UNTIL 1981 WHEN IT WAS REPLACED BY IMPORTED CHEVETTES FROM BRAZIL

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AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE 1984 CHEVROLET SAN REMO 4 DOOR SALOON

The pick up, which had been imported from Uruguay, began production in Ecuador in 1983, still built in glass-fibre, but re-badged as the Chevrolet Cargo with

a new front end styling.It was later revised again and built in steel & renamed as the Chevrolet 500. In addition to the San Remo saloons there was also the Chevrolet Chevette Hatch which was almost identical to the Brazillian version. Originally available as a 3 door, which was very similar to the Vauxhall Chevette hatch, and later a 5 door version which had no equivelent in Europe.

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THE 3 & 5 DOOR CHEVROLET CHEVETTE WERE ALMOST IDENTICAL TO THE BRAZILLIAN VERSIONS