Great Moments In $2000 Challenge History: `87 Chevy Cavalier Z24

With registration for our $2000 challenge presented by CRC Industries now open, we think it's a great time to highlight some previous entrants. 

Examples of this car were rare back in the day and are even more scarce today. What exactly is it? A Chevy Cavalier fitted with the optional Z24 performance package: 2.8-liter V6 engine, four-speed manual transmission, stiffer suspension and the obligatory blacked-out trim. The Z24 debuted for the 1986 model year, delivering performance that was par for the time: 16-second runs down the drag strip and 8.5-second sprints to 60.

John Powell of Brodhead, Wisconsin, bought this one new back in 1987 and put it into storage in 1993. He broke it free for our $2000 Challenge a decade later and assigned it a fair market value of $1200. Fresh BFGoodrich tires, Intrax lowering springs and a K&N air filter were part of the R&R process. It finished 44th out of the 67 entries.

Make your own low-buck memories as the Grassroots Motorsports $2000 Challenge presented by CRC Industries returns October 25–26. Watch 2000challenge.com for details.

ENTRANT:

John Powell

TOTAL BUDGET:

$1869.04

EVENT YEAR:

2003

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NickD
NickD PowerDork
6/24/19 10:56 a.m.

This might be the first time that "great" and "Z24" have been used together.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/24/19 11:58 a.m.
NickD said:

This might be the first time that "great" and "Z24" have been used together.

Nah. It's probably like the 4th. And c'mon, they were great!

CyberEric
CyberEric HalfDork
6/24/19 12:25 p.m.

I dig the looks! I honestly don't think I've ever seen one of these, not even a picture of one, until now.

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS HalfDork
6/24/19 4:46 p.m.

You guys clearly never visited j-body. org back in the day....  man those guys thought they had the best Z car Chevy ever made.  1LE Z28s are for losers.

 

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
6/24/19 9:30 p.m.
AnthonyGS said:

You guys clearly never visited j-body. org back in the day....  man those guys thought they had the best Z car Chevy ever made.  1LE Z28s are for losers.

 

Oh no, I dabbled. Never owned a J, but their forum was the stuff of legends. 

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS HalfDork
6/25/19 10:48 a.m.

In reply to Jordan Rimpela :

Fogger Jr. is probably a moderator over there.

Brett_Murphy
Brett_Murphy UltimaDork
6/25/19 1:13 p.m.

They weren't a bad budget warmed over car for the time. That isn't saying much.  I will say they would run poorly forever with very little maintenance.

 

Vigo
Vigo MegaDork
6/25/19 4:04 p.m.

I'm always looking for an early z24 hatch. Not that looking helps! They're WAY harder to find than the 86-88 Cadillac Cimarrons i also look for. 

And yeah, J-body.org was interesting.

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