Someone Crammed 427 Cubic Inches Of Fury Into This Stealthy Chevette

Based on your reactions to last week's car, you all love some compact sleepers. The Chevrolet Chevette is sort of a forgotten classic; it's not quite iconic like the Corvette or the Camaro, it was just a compact car to get folks around. Which makes it the perfect candidate for the sleeper treatment. » 10/05/14 12:05pm 10/05/14 12:05pm

GM's Long Downward Spiral, Part XXVII: 1986 Chevrolet Chevette

After the semi-high-tech Vega turned out to be such a headache for The General, the Chevette was just the ticket: crude, simple, and cheap to build. Already obsolete when it debuted in 1975, the Chevette was a fossil by 1986. » 5/30/10 11:00am 5/30/10 11:00am

It's About Time... For The 1976 Chevette?

Was the new-for-1976 Chevette really a "new kind of American car," as claimed in this ad? With rear-wheel drive, anemic pushrod engine, and abysmal build quality, it was more like a new kind of unconditional surrender to the Honda Civic. » 1/09/10 1:00pm 1/09/10 1:00pm

It's 1979, And You Must Choose Between The Chevette And The AMC Spirit

That's sort of how the mid-Malaise Era went; you could opt to swap your rapidly-eroding dollars for the already obsolete Chevrolet Chevette, or for a much larger car made by an obviously doomed manufacturer. » 9/06/09 12:00pm 9/06/09 12:00pm

PCH, Land Of The Free Edition: V6 Chevette or Quadra-Packard Package…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and most hellish! We don't have so many American cars here, because parts are too easy to find… » 1/14/09 5:30pm 1/14/09 5:30pm

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: World's Nicest 1981 Chevette For $8,995?

The overwhelming majority of voters thought that the Callaway '83 Porsche 944 was reasonably priced at $45,000; not bad for a Late Malaise Era machine. Today we're going to ponder a car from the same era, and it may be even more rare than the Callaway 944: a really straight, all-original Chevy Chevette! » 12/11/08 7:30am 12/11/08 7:30am

Christchurch Chevette Gears Up To Conquer Antarctica

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/17/08 4:30pm 11/17/08 4:30pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . We Americans often forget that The General's Chevette was sold all over the world (as an Opel Kadett, Isuzu Gemini, or Pontiac Acadian), and the version built in New Zealand was badged as a .…

It's 1979. You Want The Chevette With Air Or The Zephyr Wagon?

Here's a two-for-one Classic Ad Watch deal from the darkest days of the Malaise Era » 10/29/08 3:40pm 10/29/08 3:40pm. First up, a Gladding Chevrolet (Maryland) offer for a Chevette with for just 99 bucks a month. Before you jump in the time machine to take advantage of that sweet deal, however, consider the '79 Mercury Zephyr, which was cheaper than…

Nine Generations Of Vauxhall Small Cars: From Viva To Chevette To Astra

Along with teaser shots of the new Astra » 9/08/08 6:00pm 9/08/08 6:00pm for Vauxhall and Opel came this shot displaying the first nine generations of the car — assuming you include the Vauxhall Viva and Chevette. It's an interesting walk down memory lane for a company that's manufactured an average of 100,000 cars a year in this sector since 1963. …

200 Chevettes For Sale Right Now! Imagine That!

You Chicago-area folks might remember Timmy of Long Chevrolet in Elmhurst, in which case you've already been inoculated against the effects of this stunning combo of Malaise Era machinery, bad suits, brain-scouringly bad UHF production values, and Timmy's shouts. Chevettes Chevettes Chevettes! » 4/21/08 10:40am 4/21/08 10:40am

Turbo Ecotec Power Might Wake Up This Chevette

Dropping a turbocharged Ecotec out of a Solstice GXP into a Chevette sounds like a very, very good idea to us. 260 horses is nearly four times the little red Chevette's original power, so such a combo should be a total suicide machine pretty zippy performer. Well, looks like our Question of the Day has been answered! … » 2/11/08 4:00pm 2/11/08 4:00pm

Leata Cabalero: Most Beautiful Car Ever Built In Post Falls, Idaho

Sure, Junkman has some nice cars in his collection. There's the Honda Coupe 9, the Pontiac-powered Deutsch-Bonnet, and the insane Porsche 356. But something was missing... until Junkman obtained this Chevette-based 1977 Leata Cabalero. Make the jump to hear what he has to say about this beauty!

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Beelzebub Tempts Priest With Chevette Tape Stripes

We have another Classic Ad Watch entry lined up for later today, but after seeing today's DOTS Chevette I felt compelled to throw a Bonus Ad into the mix. Yeah, this one's a little newer (amazingly, the Chevette lingered on until 1987), but you get the idea: cheap car. Really cheap car. » 1/31/08 9:45am 1/31/08 9:45am

1979 Chevrolet Chevette

Remember Malaise Era rear-wheel-drive econoboxes from Detroit? A couple of decades back, Pintos and Chevettes were buzzing all over the place, cheerfully dropping drivetrain parts and rusted-out body panels on the pavement in the process. By now, just about all of them have met their fate in the cold steel jaws of The… » 1/31/08 9:30am 1/31/08 9:30am

1981 Chevrolet Chevette S/R



This South American spot illustrates the sheer insanity of 1.6 liters of raw madness wedged between the bulging, straining framerails of GM's legendary T-platform. You're gonna need a smoke afterward, too, Broseph. » 7/18/07 10:30pm 7/18/07 10:30pm

The Most Badical Chevette Ever? Vauxhall HSR

Yes, we know that that GM produced a Chevette-based pickup in South America, thus giving the world a factory Chevettamino. But the coolest T-platform compact that GM ever sold is likely the Vauxhall Chevette HSR. Featuring a 2.3L slant four with a DOHC 16v head, the HS and the later HSR were homologation variants for… » 3/06/07 8:45pm 3/06/07 8:45pm

Classic Ad Watch, 80s Edition: Che-che-che-cheVETTE!

OK, this could be early 90s, since the Kadett/Chevette continued to be sold around the world after the Sprint/Spectrum replaced it in the United States. But look at these Chevettes, climbing 85% grades, triggering sprays of garish 80s hues and bad Spanish rap, and literally tearing the clothes off attractive women!… » 2/19/07 10:35am 2/19/07 10:35am

The Joy of the T-Body!

We don't care if it sucked. We don't care if it seemed dumb to call a car a "Chevette" that wasn't branded as a Chevrolet. We don't care if it was even briefly sold as a "Buick-Opel." What we care about is that is that it was a rear-drive hatchback that could be had for cheap, and in Chevrolet guise was actually sold… » 1/23/07 7:00pm 1/23/07 7:00pm

Chevette-Themed Retro Meme

We think we mentioned this a month or so ago, but recently, somebody said our RAZR V2 was cool because it was "old school," which illustrates the sheer acceleration of culture these days, as we've owned that phone for less than a year. Now the retreading of once-mad-popular internet memes has reached exploding-Pinto… » 8/26/06 12:30am 8/26/06 12:30am

A Chevette That Doesn't Suck

A friend of a friend once had a Chevette. They'd go to parties and the guy would pull a girl aside, chat her up and say, "Hey, wanna go for a ride in my 'Vette?" And then they'd get outside and, well, you get the idea. However, according to our friend, it often worked. Nevertheless, we think one would pull more tail… » 6/16/06 9:30pm 6/16/06 9:30pm