February 20, 2024

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The Ultimate Driving Machines

Junkyard Gem: 1987 Chevrolet Corsica Sedan

Chevrolet started out off the eighties with the fashionable front-wheel-generate Quotation compact, which offered more inside space than its Nova predecessor when boasting a smaller sized footprint and excellent gasoline economy. Revenue were very strong at initial — almost a million units for the 1980 design year— but plummeted with every single successive calendar year owing to broadly publicized recollects and good quality-command difficulties. GM necessary a Quotation substitution, and so the Corsica sedan and its Beretta coupe sibling appeared in 1987, two many years soon after the Citation’s demise. We will not feel much about the Corsica/Beretta now, in spite of a 10 years of output and hundreds of countless numbers of product sales, so I was happy to discover a single of the initial examples at any time created, in a Denver-place self-support lawn.

Some might say that the initial design calendar year for the Corsica was 1988, but it turns out that GM created quite a number of 1987 types for fleet-only sale. This a single rolled off the line at Linden Assembly in September of 1986, building it a single of the initial Corsicas at any time created.

Even though it almost unquestionably began lifestyle as a much-abused rental vehicle, subsequent operator or homeowners will have to have dealt with this Corsica very kindly during the following many years.

The Bordello Pink vinyl-and-cloth upholstery still seems really great at age 34 this is specially uncommon for a vehicle in Colorado, in which the harsh sunshine nukes interiors to crumbling tatters at a single-fourth the age of this a single. We can believe that this vehicle used most of its time in a garage.

GM was a newcomer to the six-digit-odometer world at this time (enabling me to doc a discarded 363,033-mile Olds Calais), and consequently we are able to see that this vehicle was not driven much during its long lifestyle.

Maybe it used most of its lifestyle in western Kansas. Scott Metropolis is about three hundred miles southeast of Denver.

The Corsica and Beretta lived on the L system, a stretched version of the Cavalier’s J system, and so it shared suspension and managing gear with its smaller sized cousin. This a single has the foundation motor, the two.-liter four-banger rated at ninety horsepower. A one hundred twenty five-horse, two.eight-liter V6 was obtainable as an choice. Supposedly a five-pace handbook was common machines, while I are not able to think about that any fleet purchasers wished transmissions other than the column-change automated. You can expect to see the occasional Beretta with three pedals, but I have never ever managed to unearth a handbook Corsica.

No cassette, but it minimum it played FM and shipped refrigerated air.

The sort of vehicle that aliens would abduct for some passenger-probing a pay a visit to with the frozen-in-time Dinah Shore.