Friday, October 14, 2011
For sale forever: An '87 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo
There's been a 1987 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo for sale on Portland's Craigslist for quite some time. If I had to guess, possibly a year, maybe a year-and-a-half. It's there nearly every week. The price? $4,600. There has been the occasional price drop, but it usually bounces back to $4,600 or so. I've often wondered what the story was. Holding out for the right owner? Maybe the wife says to sell the car, and each week he says, "I don't know, honey, there just aren't any takers."
The car has become a topic of conversation among some of my car friends. In fact, my friend, Jim, sent me an e-mail when the car had dropped in price. However, it went back up the next week as the ad expired. It's apparent the owner is holding onto it for the right person. I still lust after one, what with its turbocharged, intercooled 1.0-liter three-cylinder.
I logged onto Craigslist today to find the car is not there. Could it have possibly sold? Well, good for the seller for getting his asking price. But wait ...
Amazingly, while YouTube, I ran across this video. Yes, that's the car, and as of October 5, 2011—you guessed it— it's still for sale.
Mechanically, the car seems to be very sound, as the owner has put a heap of new parts onto it. It certainly appears that, aesthetically, the car needs work. The $4,600 seems a bit ambitious to me, but perhaps he'll find the right buyer.
I wish the owner the best of luck selling his beloved turbocharged subcompact; a car I hope to add to my subcompact stable some day.