It’s no secret that some sick, perverted part of me loves terrible ideas, especially terrible automotive ideas. I’m pretty sure the Convette qualifies. Think of the Convette as the Chevette for the person who loves weather, but hates speed, practicality, and, deep down, themselves.
The Chevette was never a great car, I get that. But I’m not sure the Chevette was so bad that it’s worth offering to fellate a stranger just to get rid of one. I mean, maybe it is, because there’s at least one person in Kansas City who’ll go down on you if you take a non-running ‘86 Chevette off their hands.
I’m afforded an astounding amount of creative freedom here at Jalopnik. Compared to pretty much everywhere else I’ve ever worked, it’s an absurd amount, and I absolutely adore it. I’m completely spoiled. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t limits, and I found them. With four different editors.
Wh-wh-what am I looking at? That’s what you’re probably stammering right now, soaked in sweat, and, if so equipped, possible sporting the most disturbing confusion-boner you’ve ever had. A little car. Looks like a GM T-car platform. With a... a... G...M...C... badge? What the fuck is happening to me?
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. 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…
Here's a two-for-one Classic Ad Watch deal from the darkest days of the Malaise Era. First up, a Gladding Chevrolet (Maryland) offer for a Chevette with factory air 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…
Along with teaser shots of the new Astra 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.
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!
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! …
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.
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…
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…