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This 1989 Chevy S10 Baja Asks $6,950, What Do You Think About That?

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Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe S10 may have been built like a rock, but seeing as its a rare Baja maybe that should be construido como una roca. Either way, we’ll have to see if this trucklet’s price will rock your world.

While Tuesday’s gnarly Volvo may have squeaked out a narrow Nice Price win, yesterday’s 1978 Ford Pinto came away with ta similar vote, only on the other side of the coin. It’s 54% Crack Pipe loss was reflected in the comments, as vitriol was spilled upon anger which was served on a bed of apathy. I have to admit, I liked it better when everything came on some arugula.


Hey, we know know you hate crappy old American cars, that fact is clear. Let’s see however, what your opinion is on special edition American mini trucks, specifically this 1989 Chevy S-10 short bed with the Baja package.

Most of you probably know that the S10 was Chevy’s first domesticated mini-pickup, replacing the Isuzu-built LUV in 1982. The truck, and its GMC analog, the S15 went tire to tire against Ford’s Ranger and Chrysler’s still imported D-50.


Two-wheel drive models of the S10 all got crappy little four-pots as standard under the hood to vex and annoy their owners, while the 4X4s like this one were imbued with Chevy’s spectacularly sensible and unremarkably performing 2.8-litre cam-in-block V6.

Actually, while all the 4X4s did all get the 125-bhp V6, not all of them were like this one, because it’s a semi-rare and totally cool Baja. That trim package is more than just comically big decals on the back of the bed saying ‘low’ in Spanish, there’s also a bunch of other changes over the stock 4X4.


Most of those changes are readily visible in the pics: light-capped roll bar in the bed, tube bumpers front and rear, a raised suspension topped with knobby tires and Outlaw wheels. Up front there’s also an aptly named skid plate to keep your 2.8 and any rocks from becoming intimately acquainted.

The ad claims that this is an ‘ORIGINAL BAJA EDITION’ however all my research indicates that the color choices for that package in ’89 was limited to Apple Red, Midnight Black, and Nick Frost White.


This one’s pumpkin orange and has painted door handles rather than the standard black ones, and the ad notes that it has custom paint. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and it does look pretty sweet… potato.


The interior is all black, and has a pair of decent-looking vinyl buckets and a dash that’s suffered at the rays of the Nevada sun. That’s been given a toupee which as you might imagine looks about as convincing as William Shatner’s. More importantly, inside you’ll note that you get a five-speed stick to play with here, as well as a two-speed transfer case for the 4X4-ing.


The ad claims 119,000 miles on the clock and a clean title. The truck seems to come with all its original manuals and whatnot, and overall it looks to be a pretty badass ride for anyone seeking same outside of Tinder.

The question of course is whether or not it’s worth its $6,950 asking price. That’s a lot of cash, but then for someone seeking a tidy S10, well, this is a tidy S10 and it’s a Baja.


What do you think, is that a fair price for the truck as presented in its ad? Or, is this a Baja that has you saying bah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha at its price?

You decide!


Battle Creek MI Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to GORDONBOMBAY for the hookup!

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