No Reserve: 24k-Mile 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 5-Speed12
First rolling off the line for the North American market in 1982, the U.S.-spec Chevy Cavalier was produced over the course of three generations before its eventual discontinuation in 2005. Now, however, this surprisingly well-maintained second-gen Chevy Cavalier Z24 is up for grabs in a new online auction.
Recently listed on Bring A Trailer, this Chevy Cavalier Z24 is offered at no reserve, and shows just 24,102 miles on the odometer.
This particular model hails from the 1988 model year, the first model year for the Cavalier’s second generation. According to the auction listing, the two-door was delivered new to Jim McCormick Motors in Pigeon, Michigan, and was previously sold in an online auction early last year. The current selling dealer acquired the vehicle in March of 2023.
Finished in black, this Chevy Cavalier Z24 sports some attractive silver lower body cladding. A paint correction was performed in anticipation of the sale. The two-door rides on a set of factory 14-inch alloy wheels, which are wrapped in Goodyear Eagle GT+4 white-letter tires. Z24 badging can be found on the rocker panel extensions, while we also spot some body-colored mirror caps, tinted windows, and a luggage rack on the trunk.
The interior is covered in gray cloth upholstery, while amenities include power windows and power locks, air conditioning, cruise control, and a Delco AM / FM / cassette sound system. The headliner was also recently replaced.
Motivation is sourced from a naturally aspirated 2.8L V6 engine, rated at 135 horsepower and 160 pound-feet of torque when new. Output is sent to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Disc brakes are found up front, and drums are found in the rear.
Now, this 1988 Chevy Cavalier Z24 is listed for auction at no reserve. The auction is set to end in less than 24 hours, as of this writing (3/27/2023). The vehicle is physically located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the auction includes the build sheet, original sale paperwork, manufacturer’s literature, and service records. The highest bid of seven placed thus far is set at $14,000.
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I’ve been watching this one on BAT. Seems to be a nice car. There’s a really nice (even nicer one than this) 1987 in red on Ebay. They have that one listed for around $35 grand if I recall. Just crazy asking price. But I actually like the 1987 better than the 1988 for looks. I had a 1987 in Maui blue that I ordered new. Loved it.
Seeing these prices makes me think maybe I should put my super clean 1988 Cadillac Cimarron with 61K on BAT and see what I could get.
Agreed. I had a white 1986 Z24 with gray interior and a stick. Great little car..handled well and pretty quick too.
Great car, I would love to have it.
Absolutely love this car in the Z24 trim level. Always figured it as a modern era take on the old Chevelle Super Sports (a modern take “muscle car” for the masses), with a frugal but dead-reliable 2.6 V6 (one of the best engines GM ever made), cowl induction scoops, tasteful lower aero body panels, upgraded wheels and suspension and the ever desirable 5 speed Getrag. Somebody soon will be getting a winner of a car, one that will get alot of attention at the local car show meet ups.
Give me any one of these Cavalier Z24’s over the current dreck the “new” gm is foisting onto the public, any day of the week!
More of a Nova SS than a Chevelle SS.
2.8 v6, not 2.6…and when I fried the engine at 60k miles on my 1989 and put in a rebuilt engine, things cascaded. Computer; towed….spark module;towed….knock sensor; towed….catalytic converter clogged; towed, alternator; towed, water pumped, limped to shop. It was a wonderfully fun car to drive until the 60k when the block cracked so bad you could put a pencil tip in the crack. My mechanic said he’d never seen a crack that wide. A bit bad on the torque steer tho…you had to hang on to the steering wheel when getting on it. And, like someone below, I too toasted a small BMW. This car was way more fun than my 1996 Z24 with the quad 4….and looked better too. I miss it for that 1st 60k miles.
GM really needs to bring those back, they looked fantastic and I truly believe they would sell like hotcakes.
I loved my 90 Z24 with the 5 speed manual untill an elderly man hit me head on, I could have cried.
Please bring that style back with the 3.1 engine and 5 speed and you won’t regret it.
I love the 5-speed.
Had a blue Z24 took over payments because my brother was in the service and gave to my wife for her college graduation . Good memories ! Also good memories of blowing BMWs off the road with that car ! It was quick
My wife owns 2, a black and silver 89 with the 2.8l 5 speed and a red and silver 90 with the 3.1l 5 speed awesome cars, just wished they would of been built rwd!
My friend owned a 1989 model that was black with the silver trim. I loved it so much that my first car was a 1991 model. It was red with a nicer body kit. It had the 3.1 MPFI V6 with a 5 speed. That car had 275k hard miles on it when I sold it. Was the best car I ever owned.