With its Z34 package and four-cam V6 engine, the Good price or no dice Lumina is not your ordinary classic mid-size Chevy front rider. Let’s see if the price is out of the ordinary as well.
When Mazda introduced the Miata, it created a fun car for the masses. In return, these masses anointed the role model with the kind of loyalty usually reserved for cult leaders and people who can open very tight jars. the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata we looked at yesterday represented the first iteration of the car, which Iit is the least powerful of the range but does sports pop-up headlights – the only model to do so – which naturally makes it the best of the bunch. Being the best, with low mileage and nice presentation did a lot to temper responses to the Miata’s $13,500 asking price. the the result was a solid 60% win at the Nice Price.
When brand new, yesterday’s Miata targeted a specific audience of car buyers; those look for something that was originally offered in bulk by the tastes of the British and Italian car industry, but which at the time was out of breath. Mazda brought the small sports car back from the brink and has been keeping the flame alive ever since. In that same early to mid-1990s erayou could have deposited your hard earned money on (or more likely financed at a crazy interest rate) something like that 1993 Chevy Lumina Z34.
The Lumina was Chevy’s mid-size family car of the 90s, having taken over the previous celebrity role and bringing the torc until 2001. While fame had previously was offered in station wagon, four-door and two-door models, the Lumina paired it with a sedan and a coupe. This coupé would later transform into the reborn Monte Carlo, leaving the light of the Lumina to fade with just one model. Before that happened, however, Chevy gave the Lumina some really big balls to play with.
This Z34 edition is the sportiest of the Luminas (Lumini?). It’s sort of the Chevelle SS of its time. What puts the meat behind the standard Lumina potatoes is a major mechanical upgrade, including a 210-hp 3.4-liter 32-valve V6 engine, a tighter FE3 suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. A Getrag five-speed was available on the modelhowever, this car rocks the 4T60 four-speed automatic.
Enveloping all this is a body which comprisess revised bumpers, grille and rocker arms, as well as a rear spoiler and vents in the hood so that the engine can the first-hand weather report. Model-specific alloys complete the appearance part of the package.
The interior of the Z34 has also been upgraded, with handsome bolstered bucket seats and a leather-wrapped three-spoke sports wheel.
Much like yesterday’s Miata, this Lumina comes to us in seemingly excellent shape and with very few miles under its belt. According to the announcement, tthe total of hats is only 49,750. This same ad also touts the car as “MECHANICALLY A1” Noted Updates include a new air conditioning compressor and, oddly enough, a K&N cold air intake. Fortunately, the factory box is provided in the trunk for easy upgrading. not the brim of your cap be fairly flat for the K&N unit.
The car is presented in Bright Aqua on a gray cloth interior and although the seller says the paint is not perfect, it looks quite nice in the pictures. The interior is said to be very clean, with just some wear on the floor mats to detract from the overall appearance. Apparently, wWhat allowed the car to last so long in such beautiful condition was a lifetime spent in a private collection. According to the announcement, the car’s history includes a long stint in this collection for what time it was only leads sporadically.
Now it’s back in the game with proper title and the seller’s claim that it would make a great weekend cruiser or comfortable daily driver.
With all that in mind, let’s now discuss the Lumina’s $7,500 asking price. The seller says it’s negotiable, but we’re not here to bother, we’re here to judge! So judge away.
What do you think, is this hot Lumina worth the asking $7,500? Or, does it seem that paying that much wouldn’t be a very bright idea?
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