Editor’s Note: To tell the history of my car, I thought it would be amusing to write it in the style of a high end auction site, such as RM Sotheby’s. They have a distinct writing style to describe collector cars that I wanted to emulate. This vehicle is not for sale.
Launched in 1982 as the successor to the Monza, the Chevrolet Cavalier became the top selling car of the General Motors lineup by 1997. The first generation models were produced from 1982 to 1987, and a second generation was produced from 1988 to 1994.
In 1995, the third-generation Cavalier debuted with new engine choices to go along with the totally redesigned exterior and interior. The boxy lines of the second generation had been stretched and rounded for the third generation, which was offered in coupe, sedan, and convertible models.
Chassis #95974 was produced at the General Motors Lordstown, Ohio plant in May of 1995 and finished in Bright White over a gray cloth interior. The car was in service with Budget Rental Car in Texas for approximately a year where it accumulated some 40,771 miles.
In the Fall of 1996, Budget sold the vehicle to Courtesy Chevrolet in Phoenix, Arizona. The car was purchased as a used vehicle in September 1996 for $10,995 by its second owner, who drove it until 2004. The car’s third and current owner acquired the car in 2004 with 98,613 actual miles. It is one of 151,669 Cavaliers produced in 1995.
The powerplant is a 2.2-liter LN2 overhead valve engine producing 120 horsepower at 5,200 rpm. Featuring a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder head, the engine has multi-port fuel injection, a distributorless ignition, and a transverse layout powering the front wheels.
Power delivery is accomplished through the use of the Turbo Hydramatic TH-125C or 3T40 automatic transmission, which was also used in the Pontiac Fiero. With three forward gears and one reverse gear, the transmission is geared for maximum fuel economy. Notable is the lack of an overdrive gear, with third gear being a 1:1 ratio.
This car is sparsely equipped with manual door locks, manual windows, and no additional options. The shallow single cup holder and lack of adjustment in the steering wheel position were cost-cutting measures, even for the time.
Modifications by the owner include a polyurethane upper engine mount insert, Eibach progressive rate lowering springs with KYB GR2 shock absorbers, and upgraded stereo speakers.
A GM front strut tower brace – which was standard equipment only on convertible model Cavaliers – has been added to reduce body roll. The entire floor pan of the car has been covered with a sound-dampening material.
Finally, this Cavalier has the front and rear bumpers, OEM fog lamps, and 16-inch aluminum wheels from the Z24 Cavalier swapped over, giving this car a unique look.
This car has been maintained by its current owner since 2004, with extensive service history and documentation. It currently shows 190,521 miles.