Monday, March 18, 2013

10k: Not In Kansas Anymore: 1991 GMC Syclone

Somewhere over the rainbow a bunch of lunatics took over the product planning at General Motors' GMC division in 1991.  They crashed an old farm house on top of the finance director and built the wildest pickup ever.  It featured 4 wheel disc brakes, a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel-drive..but the best part is that unlike every pickup ever was actually fast.  Find this 1991 GMC Syclone in Denver, CO for the asking price of $13,500 via craigslist.  (Thanks to tip from Paul M.)

We would have predicted flying monkeys in Detroit before a fast pickup truck in 1991...and it only lasted a year before the crushed finance director's colleague from the west (the marketing manager) got his green hands on GMC's reins and ended the production at 2995 Syclones.

The Syclone was powered by a 4.3 liter LB4 V6 with MHI TD06 turbocharger and a water-to-air intercooler.  The LB4 puts out 280 horsepower and 350 ft-lbs of torque, enough to launch its brainless and heartless chassis from 0-60mph in 5.3 seconds.

The Syclone was only avaiable in Toto Black and wears its ruby Syclone emblems with pride.  Little remains of the GMC Sonoma upon which it was built, including the practicality.  To give the Syclone its sports car reflexes, the springs had to be shortened into a little Munchkin sized springs reducing the original hauling capacity to a miniscule 500 lbs of yellow bricks.

Side by side
Car & Driver magazine did a humorous comparison test between the Syclone and a Ferrari 348 - the little black truck positively brutalizing the red machine in the 1/4 mile drag race.  Even readers without a brain could see that one coming.

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  1. This is about as cheap as you will ever find one of these trucks... this appears to be an unmolested version with pretty low mileage. I don't imagine that gas mileage would be very good as your foot would always be in it... want!

  2. Agree with the above comment. Hagerty's has the -average- price at 23K.

  3. I remember test driving one of these in college. I borrowed my buddy's new Jimmy to fool the owner into thinking that I had enough money to be a serious buyer.


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