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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:12 pm 

Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:23 pm
Posts: 15
Location: CA
Hey folks, I'm selling a rare gem of a car. This is a 1987 Chevy Sprint Turbo. They only made these for a few years under the Chevy badge and finding one in good shape is rough.

This particular car is in good shape both inside and out. The exterior has a few dings, rock chips, the paint is fading, and has some mud-type stuff stuck to the rear bumper - overall, it presents well and is straight. People always remark it's condition given the era of car. It has two rust spots near the window which are bubbling. Also a spot in the gas cap area.

The interior is in excellent shape. The driver's seat is a little worn out/the bolster is flat but otherwise, it's great. Everything works. Driver's window is missing a seal so it's gusty at high speed.

Mechanically, it's great. It's a 3 cylinder turbocharged engine. I just put about $600 into it - all maintenance is up to date and it has brand new shocks, fuel filter, ignition system, and the fuel injectors were rebuilt not long ago. It just completed a 1,000 mile Coastal Range Rally and it was the underdog along side some classics and supercars. An instant hit and it did the journey with zero issues.

The quick facts:
118,000 miles
3 Cyl 1L Turbo
5 Speed Manual
Manual everything(locks, windows)
Aftermarket stereo with aux
1,600 lbs and 80 HP

The good:
Starts with no issues, runs and drives excellent. It's a blast.
Interior is great
Exterior is good
Engine/transmission shift and rev perfectly. Clutch is recent.

The bad:
It has a hesitation between 3500-4000 rpm if you're at 1/4 or less throttle. Push the pedal down more.
Window seal is missing so it's gusty at high speed
Driver's seat is a little flat

Realistically if you're buying this car, I hope you know something about how fun it can be. It's rare and interested. Sorry for the dirty photos, it's fresh off the coastal rally and I want to keep some of the memories on there. ... int-turbo/

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:55 pm 

Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:23 pm
Posts: 15
Location: CA
Bring a Trailer listing here! ... int-turbo/

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:08 am 
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Joined: Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:10 am
Posts: 346
Location: Palm Springs, Calif
It looks like a fairly decent buy for someone in a colder climate.

If you are unaware, these were offered in two colors: red or white.

Thoughts on this car:
1700 miles in 8295 days (almost 23 years) is of course, odd but not impossible.
Current seller has owned the car less than 3 months? (Title changed on 12/9/16). It happens.
All the necessary parts are there and a lot of hard to find parts (intercooler sticker!) as well.
A solid value at the $2,000 bid for a non-A/C, non cruise control vehicle.
Owner clearly shows rust defects, dings, and cracked plastic parts (rear hatch handle), so isn't trying to screw the buyer/hide defects.

If no rust, suspension, braking or overheating issues due to an aging head gasket and radiator, the car could easily command $3500 or more.
The smog check history indicates it has been cared for properly for the past 6 years.
That alone is worth the two grand price so far.
The engine internals are probably also okay, but the smog check doesn't guarantee it.
You would need to test drive it and watch the temperature gauge to be sure.
Also, a drive would give you a better idea of the brakes and front shocks which get a thorough beating with that turbo power plant.
(An MK1 front end with tired shocks lifts easily when you accelerate; new shocks seem to help transfer the torque to the road.
Paint and pin striping appears original and that's rare.

The days of these vehicles losing value has ended, but only owners or people who actually have driven one know what excellent fun they impart.
You won't get rich buying an MK1 for resale, but if it is about having fun driving, this is one excellent car.

Good luck to the new owner; hopefully he will keep it in a garage like any normal classic car owner.
This vehicle looks like a solid purchase.
Very few remain in this condition.

Other MK1 Turbo owners will be standing by here on Teamswift to hear your opinions.


For reference, a stock A/C car with the AM/FM cassette deck:


Almost forgot: OEM horsepower was 70 hp, I think. Not sure why this one has 80.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:43 pm 

Joined: Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:30 pm
Posts: 21
Location: S.F. Bay Area
I sold this car to the current owner in December 2016, he was very upfront regarding his reason for purchase, the desire to participate in the rally, this has always been a San Francisco Bay Area car, the rust is on the surface courtesy of our bountiful Ocean fog.
I am happy that he was able to sort the car out GLWS

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