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Junkyard Find: 1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, RH rear view - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

During the late 20th century, General Motors managed to get a minimum of a couple of decades from most of their platforms, however GM sold the actual Chevrolet Celebrity?for just the 1982 through 1990 model many years. Its A-body platform kept on just with the 1996 model 12 months. Celebrities sold very well, but broke frequently,?depreciated in fall-off-a-cliff style, and few made it into the current century.

Here’s a rare Celeb wagon I found the other day in a Denver self-service lawn.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, odometer - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This is one of the rare Game master cars of this period with a six-digit odometer (I don’capital t bother to photograph 5-digit ones), so we can see that this car made it just over the magical 100,000-mile mark.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, front seats - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The interior is your standard Detroit azure velour of the 1980s as well as 1990s. This stuff stands up pretty well under harsh sunlight.

92 - 3223 Driveway_w Celebrity Eurosport

A 1988 Celeb Eurosport sedan with Iron Duke engine was the horrifically miserable and unreliable car which convinced my patriotic Midwestern parents – who had stuck with Detroit cars through the darkness of the Malaise Era, because that’utes just what you did?– that they would never, ever, no matter what, buy an American vehicle again; today, they are on their third Camry as well as their first Mazda6. Millions like them switched to imports during the 1980s and never looked back. Here’utes that Celebrity with my 1965 Impala sedan.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, 2.8 liter V6 engine - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

At least this car has got the way-better-than-the-Iron Duke 2.Eight V6.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, household light switch - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

It appears this home light switch?regulates?the headlights.

1989 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon in Colorado Wrecking Yard, door panel emblem - ?2016 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The before I did a Celebrity Junkyard Find, many of you objected in order to my characterization of the car as a turd which chased away many of the once-loyal Chevy buyers who hadn’capital t even felt adequately betrayed by the Citation and early Cavalier to give up completely on the marque. Perhaps there is a similar mirror-world universe in which the Celeb stood tall atop Quality Mountain, hairless eagles circling proudly whilst an endless line of Camrys and Tauruses burned in a garbage heap below. I have not been to that universe, unfortunately.

Moving into much more car doesn’t have to be expensive or boring!

Requires less than 12 horsepower to luxury cruise at 50 mph.

[Images: ? 2016 Murilee Martin/The Truth About Cars]

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