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Junkyard Gem: 1987 Chevrolet Corsica Sedan

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Chevrolet begun off the nineteen eighties with the modern entrance-wheel-push Quotation compact, which provided extra inside space than its Nova predecessor when boasting a smaller sized footprint and superior gasoline economic system. Product sales had been extremely potent at initial — approximately a million units for the 1980 product year— but plummeted with every successive calendar year owing to widely publicized remembers and excellent-command troubles. GM required a Quotation alternative, and so the Corsica sedan and its Beretta coupe sibling appeared in 1987, two many years after the Citation’s demise. We do not believe a lot about the Corsica/Beretta nowadays, inspite of a decade of creation and hundreds of 1000’s of revenue, so I was happy to uncover one of the initial examples at any time developed, in a Denver-place self-support garden.

Some may perhaps say that the initial product calendar year for the Corsica was 1988, but it turns out that GM developed pretty a couple of 1987 versions for fleet-only sale. This one rolled off the line at Linden Assembly in September of 1986, earning it one of the initial Corsicas at any time developed.

Even though it virtually undoubtedly commenced existence as a a lot-abused rental automobile, subsequent owner or owners will have to have addressed this Corsica extremely kindly during the subsequent a long time.

The Bordello Red vinyl-and-cloth upholstery still appears pretty fantastic at age 34 this is especially unconventional for a automobile in Colorado, exactly where the severe sunshine nukes interiors to crumbling tatters at one-fourth the age of this one. We can think that this automobile invested most of its time in a garage.

GM was a newcomer to the six-digit-odometer globe at this time (enabling me to doc a discarded 363,033-mile Olds Calais), and therefore we are equipped to see that this automobile wasn’t driven a lot during its very long existence.

Potentially it invested most of its existence in western Kansas. Scott Metropolis is about 300 miles southeast of Denver.

The Corsica and Beretta lived on the L platform, a stretched edition of the Cavalier’s J platform, and so it shared suspension and working equipment with its smaller sized cousin. This one has the base motor, the two.-liter four-banger rated at ninety horsepower. A one hundred twenty five-horse, two.8-liter V6 was offered as an choice. Supposedly a 5-pace handbook was conventional products, though I can not picture that any fleet potential buyers required transmissions other than the column-change automatic. You’ll see the occasional Beretta with a few pedals, but I’ve never managed to unearth a handbook Corsica.

No cassette, but it the very least it played FM and delivered refrigerated air.

The sort of automobile that aliens would abduct for some passenger-probing a check out with the frozen-in-time Dinah Shore.

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