In America, mentioning a Chevrolet Chevette brings up images of the tiny little front-engined, rear drive hatchbacks that graced our presence from 1976-1987. They were cheap, basic, and essentially lifted from GM do Brasil’s design board as a knee-jerk reaction to the first fuel crisis of the 1970s. The Chevette sold well enough, mainly due to it’s price, but there aren’t many fans of the little car here. Part of that may have been due to GM’s reputation for building absolute crap when it came to small cars (see also: Vega, Citation, early Cavalier), which soured many loyal GM fans.
In Brazil, however, the Chevette has a much better reputation and between the 1973 debut and the 1994 end of the “Chevrolet Chevy 500” ute version. This particular sedan, which appears to be a post-1983 car, shows the capability that the 2.0L 8V engine has when a good turbocharger is hooked up. This Chevette clears the eighth mile in [email protected], which should put the car into the nines in the quarter. How’s that for a little GM cracker box?