This 1982 “Not-A-Chevette” was made between 1981-1987. Part of GM re-badging blitz of the 1980′s this Econo-bomb’s GM cousin was not a bad car but not a good car either. This GM division was known for it’s performance but needed a good MPG model to meet strick EPA guidelines for specific make gas guzzlers. Based on a 1970′s GM of Brazil car it was ten years late to market even before it was introduced. In 1982 it would be this makes best selling car because of its 40 MPG highway rating. This car maker would never achieve that high of an MPG rating again. It was also the USA lightest car at a very Mini like 1875 LBS. It also had the smallest turning circle at 30.2 feet. The sales brochures of the day claimed “It is international in design and heritage“
A little white lie to be sure considering most imports had front wheel drive and up to date models. With alll of it’s vintage erogonomics it was frugal and proved to be reliable. Interiors were more like a prison cell than a modern Econo-car and very few options were available. Engines ranged from 1.4 to 1.6 liters. Feeding all this power was a smog choked Holley 5200 series feedback carb that had more wires than the Space Shuttle. Sales were strong at first but the publics hunger for a good economy car made them look towards imports. The last one of these was sold in June of 1987 with only 1088 finding new soon to be toutured owners. What Auto is This??