Chevrolet Celebrity

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Chevrolet Celebrity
84-85 Chevrolet Celebrity wagon.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet (General Motors)
Production 1981–1990
Model years 1982–1990
Assembly
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 2-door coupe
4-door sedan
4-door station wagon
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform A-body
Related Buick Century
Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera
Pontiac 6000
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission 3-speed 3T40 automatic
4-speed 4T60 automatic
5-speed Getrag manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 104.8 in (2,662 mm)
Length Coupe & Sedan: 188.3 in (4,783 mm)
Wagon: 190.8 in (4,846 mm)
Width Coupe & Sedan: 69.2 in (1,758 mm)
Wagon: 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
Height Coupe & Sedan: 54.2 in (1,377 mm)
Wagon: 54.3 in (1,379 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Malibu
Successor Chevrolet Lumina
Chevrolet Lumina APV (station wagon)

The Chevrolet Celebrity is an automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Deriving a name used by Oldsmobile 88 pillared sedans during the early 1960s[1], the Chevrolet Celebrity replaced the Chevrolet Malibu as the mid-size Chevrolet, as the division transitioned to front-wheel drive. Sold in a single generation from 1982 to 1990, the Celebrity was sold in two-door and four-door sedans and a five-door station wagon.

Based on the GM A platform, the Chevrolet Celebrity was produced alongside the Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Pontiac 6000.

The Chevrolet Celebrity sedan was replaced by the Chevrolet Lumina, with the Chevrolet Lumina APV minivan replacing the station wagon.

Overview[edit]

Introduced in January of 1982[2], the Chevrolet Celebrity was offered in two-door and four-door notchback sedan body styles.

Chevrolet was the first GM division to transition its mid-size sedans to front-wheel drive, as the Chevrolet Celebrity replaced the Chevrolet Malibu after the 1983 model year.

Chassis[edit]

The Chevrolet Celebrity is based on the GM A-body platform. Introduced for 1982 as the replacement for the rear-wheel drive G-body platform, the A platform marked the expansion of front-wheel drive from the compact segment into mid-size vehicles. To lower development costs and increase commonality, the A platform shares design commonality with the compact-car X platform, with the Chevrolet Citation and Chevrolet Celebrity sharing a common 104.9 inch wheelbase.[3]

While sharing commonality with the X-body chassis, the A-body platform would not share entirely in its controversial recall issues. There were driveability problems with the computerized engine control system in 1982 models, and deterioration of the upper engine mount (also called a dogbone) caused engine/transaxle vibration.[citation needed]

Chevrolet Celebrities in all models were available with 2 different bolt patterns on the wheel hub, either 100mm (JA1 code) or 115mm (JA2 code). Additionally, the trans-axles and brakes were different on these two patterns. The smaller of the bolt pattern was used in the standard models, and used a non-vented disc brake while the larger bolt pattern was to house the heavy duty vented disc brakes. A misconception is that all Eurosports came with the larger bolt pattern—this was not the case. Most of the heavy duty braking systems went to base model Chevrolet Celebrities for fleet vehicles and taxis.

Powertrain[edit]

  • 1982–1990 Tech IV 2.5 L (151 in³) TBI I4
  • 1982–1986 2.8 L (173 in³) 2 bbl carbureted V6 (RPO LE2)
  • 1984 2.8 L (173 in³) 2 bbl carbureted V6 (RPO LH7)
  • 1985–1989 2.8 L (173 in³) MPFI V6 (RPO L44 (iron head, '85-'86) and LB6 (aluminum head, '87-'89))
  • 1984–1985 4.3 L (263 in³) Diesel V6
  • 1990 3.1 L (191 in³) MPFI V6 (RPO LH0)

Body[edit]

Sharing its roofline with the 1982-1988 Buick Century, the Chevrolet Celebrity was distinguished by its coved rear fascia. For 1984, Chevrolet introduced a five-door Celebrity station wagon[4], marking its first three-row mid-size station wagon since 1977.

Through its production, the Chevrolet Celebrity would see relatively few updates, with minor exterior revisions in 1984, 1986, and 1987.[4][5][6] Distinguished by the addition of composite headlamps in 1987, other revisions included the addition of a CHMSL (1986) and the 1990 addition of door-mounted front seatbelts (in place of airbags).

Trim[edit]

Similar to the Chevrolet Citation, the Chevrolet Celebrity was produced in a single trim level[6], with several option packages to distinguish examples from base models. Celebrity CL added a woodgrain dash, plush seats, and diamond-spoke wheel covers. Celebrity Classic was a version that was distinguished by a mock convertible top (deleting the rear quarter windows), with power windows as standard. On station wagons, Celebrity Estate offered simulated woodgrain trim.

Celebrity Eurosport[edit]

Among one of the most popular examples of the Chevrolet Celebrity is the Celebrity Eurosport.[4] Introduced in 1984 as an option package, the Eurosport is both a cosmetic and performance option package for the Chevrolet Celebrity. Distinguished by its black window trim and red emblems, the Eurosport was offered with the 2.8L HO V6 from the Citation X-11 as an option (along with any Celebrity powertrain, with the diesel V6 theoretically available)[4]

Other parts of the Eurosport package include a heavy-duty F41 suspension, black steering wheel, 14" Sport Rallye wheels (which became an option for all Celebrity sedans/wagons). The interior was given model-specific red emblems on the door panels and dashboard.

Celebrity Eurosport VR[edit]

Based on a 1986 Chevrolet Eurosport RS concept car, Chevrolet offered the Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport VR limited edition option package for 1987 and 1988.[6] Converted by Autostyle Cars, near Oklahoma City Assembly, the Eurosport VR was fitted with ground effects, body decals, a blanked-out grille, and aluminum wheels. For 1987, the VR was offered for the four-door and station wagon; for 1988, two-door versions were produced as well.

The Eurosport VR was produced in only four colors: Red, Silver, Black, and White.

1987 examples are distinguished by their interior, which includes red carpeting, special tri-color door panels, bucket seats with thigh bolsters, and a rear seat cup holder. To lower costs, 1988 VRs were produced with interiors from a standard Celebrity or Celebrity CL.

Discontinuation[edit]

Following the 1987 model year, General Motors ended regular updates to the Chevrolet Celebrity, concentrating on development of the Chevrolet Lumina. In response to decreasing demand for two-door mid-size sedans, the two-door Celebrity was discontinued after the 1988 model year. The Celebrity sedan was withdrawn following the 1989 model year, with the station wagon dropped during the 1990 model year. [7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Witzenburg, Gary. "The Name Game", Motor Trend, April 1984, p.82.
  2. ^ "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  3. ^ "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  6. ^ a b c "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Chevrolet Celebrity". HowStuffWorks. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2018-04-08. 

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