Thursday, March 23, 2017

Strange Money Pit: 1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34

Yeah, yeah, I get it.  A seat for every car and a car for every seat.  De gustibus non est disputandum.  Et cetera.  But seriously?  A Lumina?  Did somebody drop 25 large on restoring a Lumina?  Find this 1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 here on eBay offered for $7,500 in Longwood, FL.

The Lumina was released in 1990 as Chevrolet's replacement for the out going midsize Celebrity sedan and Monte Carlo coupe and it rode on the new W-body that was shared with the Buick Regal, Olds Cutlass Supreme, and Pontiac Grand Prix.  Now, this might come as a surprise (and it should) but the Z34 Lumina was actually a quick car when new...seriously.

Along with the sporty FE3 suspension and manual gearbox, the Z34 Lumina was powered by a the "Euro" 3.4 liter LQ1 V6 that pushed out 210 horsepower -- which was 40 horsepower MORE than the 5.0 V8 in the RS Camaro from '92.  With a zero-to-60mph time of 7.0 seconds, the little front-drive Lumina was also FASTER than the V8 Camaro...what a strange world...

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  1. i forgot these were FWD - didn't Mythbusters try to polish a turd once? - ostrich feces, google says - here's a nice video about dorodango, aka: dragon eggs, but really Japanese "mud dumplings", similar

    1. dragon ball, dragon egg, shiny Lumina - all is one

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  2. When I was going to college in the early 90's I worked in sales at a Chevy dealer for a while. The Lumina with this motor was very well regarded and could take all sorts of abuse.

    Anyway, the owners of the dealership had some friends in high places I guess. One day, there was a buzz about some one-off Camaro that the dealership's owner was looking forward to seeing and it was coming to the dealership for a quick visit... something Chevy was apparently looking at possibly making a new motor option for the Camaro. Thankfully I was there when it eventually rolled in. It looked like a standard '90/'91 Z-28, but had paint matched wheels, like they used to do with the V6/RS model Camaros. Z-28's had different colored ground effects, while the RS's were paint matched. This was badged as a Z-28, but with RS wheels and ground effects.

    It had the same 3.4 ltr. DOHC 24-valve motor the Lumina had here, but turbocharged. Whomever was driving it, wearing a Chevy SLP shirt and all, talked about how the original goal was to put this set up in a limited production Lumina or Pontiac Grand Prix (replacing the lack luster 3.1 ltr. turbo option the Grand Prix had offered in the past). But with the performance being so good the Camaro came into the picture. The Camaro also had boatloads of space under the hood, especially when mated with the V6. They guy said this gave them more turbo set up options.

    Anyway, GM was apparently on the fence as to whether or not the upcoming redesigned Camaro ('93) should get a 5.7 ltr. V8 or this new turbocharged 3.4 ltr. V6. The V8 (in '93) put out 275 horsepower, but this turbocharged V6 was easily making 300-325 horsepower. We all know what ultimately happened, but this is very reminiscent of why GM killed the Grand National to me... you can't have GM's flagship sports car (the Corvette) bested by a "lesser" model with two less cylinders and a vacuum cleaner attached.

    1. Goverment Motors has dropped the ball a few times other makes have there own Boner Yard.


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