Monday, December 9, 2013

2k: Swifty Swine: 1987 Chevrolet Sprint, 1.3L I-4 Swap

(9th-Dec-2013) Commenter Alex V pointed out that Swifty Swine is back on craigslist for $4,500, now in Sun Valley, CA and soon will be an option for investment in your company's 401k plan.

(6th-Nov-2013), the Swifty Swine is back on craigslist now for $3,600 in Los Angeles, CA.  The night time photos confirm it is the same car, but the ad looks to be either from a buyer with second thoughts or an unambitious flipper. New tip from Kaibeezy.

(18-Oct-2013) If you've ever been to a fair in the Southwest, you've likely stumbled across the Swifty Swine Pig Racing show - if not, I highly recommend checking out the worlds fastest pork the next time they are in town. These adorable little miniature pigs race around the track to see who can get to an Oreo cookie first.  It is great fun for the family and cute, a perfect match for the Suzuki Swift/Chevrolet Sprint/Geo Metro/Pontiac Firefly supermini hatchback.  Find this 1987 Chevrolet Sprint with Suzuki 1.3L inline-4 swap track rat for sale in Montclair, CA for $2,500 via craigslist. Tip from Alex V.

It doesn't look like much has changed since the previous sale (or seller...or ad) but this Sprint/Swift whatever still hits all the right notes for us.  What's more DT than taking the most pathetic little crapbox and turning it into something that really goes?  Oh yeah, doing it on the cheap!

The Chevrolet Sprint would have originally been equipped with an anemic inline-3 cylinder rattle trap that put out something like 46 horsepower, although there was a factory turbo version that put out 70 hp.  Regardless, the engines still had a hard time pushing around the 1500 lb hatch.

The seller of this Sprint has upped the speed considerably by adding an extra cylinder, in the form of a 1.3 liter inline-4 cylinder DOHC engine from Suzuki Swift that makes 91 horsepower stock, perhaps a few more in this non-street legal "racer."  No underhood pics unfortunately, but we hope the swap is clean and with any luck (and a little work) this may be California BAR stickerable for smog.

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  1. Right on! I just sold my '87 Chevy Sprint. Amazing gas mileage, but no AC. The "tiny car feels faster" rule applies here. You feel like you are sitting an inch from the ground in one of these.

  2. I'm... uh... strangely attracted to this car. It looks really good. I can't put a finger on it, but I want this. Badly.

    CA Track Car, or anywhere else without smog daily driver. Description indicates JDM engine, headers, etc so it would likely take a good bit of wrangling to get BAR'd out here.

    If you live out of state but want to keep the CA tags and drive it daily but not do the whole smog thing every 2 years, buy, haul it out of state (and you for some strange reason like paying high CA insurance rates), fill out a "Statement of Facts" that the car is outside of CA. Only catch is, if you ever come back to CA you need to smog it within hours, otherwise if you're caught the car is impounded and likely crushed.

    My friend who is bi-coastal (homes on east and west coasts) does this with his fleet and has for a good bit of time.

  3. Same car. Flipped. Not sure if it's worth $1000 more now because the flipper still hasn't figured out the smog cert issue.

  4. And now it's $4500. This car is appreciating fast. I should invest.

  5. Same flipper from before, still no words on the smog cert. If you google his phone number you'll find a clean 347 cid Fox Mustang convertible, a beater '87 Grand National that looks like it lost a fight, the Sprint, a few BMX bikes, a 302 swapped '88 Toyota 4x4, a bagged '89 Pathfinder leftover from the mini-truckin' days, and an '85 Datsun 720. He loses points with me for posting in the "by owner" section when he's clearly a dealer.... or a flipper operating without a dealer license (most of his listings say "clear title in previous owners name" which is a big hint).

    1. Ryan- Thanks for that info! It shows that a couple of clicks tell more than a couple of pics!

  6. wow i have only seen one of these in my entire life in person. this one is nice ??

  7. I don't really have a bone to pick with the flipperazzi except when they are misrepresenting who they are and how they got the car and if it can be registered and if it has the miles they claim and, and, and....

    Homey looks like he's going to take a bath on this one as it's worth $3000 at the absolute maximum. A non Frankenstein Swift GTI in very nice shape trades at around $3000 and it's a better car that can pass smog in the ol' U.S. of Ca.. If I needed another track car more than a hole in my head this one would be worth $2500 to me. But...


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