The Detroit station wagon was rapidly dropping sales to minivans and vans as the ten years of the 1980s progressed, but Pontiac consumers however experienced loads of options as late as the 1988 product year. A visit to a Pontiac dealership in 1988 would have offered you with 3 sizes of wagon, from the very little Sunbird by way of the midsize 6000 and up to the mighty Parisienne-based mostly Safari. Today’s Junkyard Gem is a luxed-up 6000 LE, complete with “wood” paneling, discovered in a car or truck graveyard in Fargo, North Dakota.
Confusingly, the “Safari” title in 1988 was made use of by Pontiac to designate each a particular design — the wagon edition of the Parisienne/Bonneville— and as the conventional Pontiac designation for a station wagon. That meant that the wagon we are hunting at now was a Safari but not the Safari in the 1988 Pontiac universe.
The 6000 lived on the GM A-Human body platform, as the Pontiac-badged model of the Chevrolet Celeb. Production ran from the 1982 through 1991 model decades, with the A-System Buick Century surviving all the way by 1996. The LE trim stage arrived concerning the base 6000 and the gloriously advanced 6000 STE (which was not accessible in wagon sort, unfortunately).
I visited this yard in Fargo right after judging at the Minneapolis 500 24 Hrs of Lemons in Brainerd, Minnesota, past drop. Up to that place, I experienced frequented 47 of the Lower 48 United States, with just North Dakota remaining, so I created a issue of carrying out a Fargo detour in get to look at that point out off my record. I am delighted that I identified this sort of a fantastic illustration of the 1982-1996 GM A-System in this property, mainly because the most popular of all the A-Bodies is the 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera driven to Brainerd by the inept Fargo-centered kidnappers in the film “Fargo.”
This Minnesota-plated 6000 experienced some rust, but just negligible ranges by Upper Midwestern expectations on a 31-year-outdated automobile. The inside looked quite very good, with the primary owner’s guide continue to within. The 6000 LE boasted “redesigned contoured seats and London/Empress cloth,” which seems rather swanky.
A little something fewer swanky life below the hood: an Iron Duke 2.5-liter pushrod 4-cylinder engine, recognized as the Tech 4 by 1988. The Iron Duke was, at coronary heart, just one cylinder bank of the not-pretty-renowned Pontiac 301-cubic-inch V8 even though fairly rugged, the Duke ran tough (standard of huge-displacement straight-four engines) and designed just 98 horsepower in this software. Pontiac supplied a couple of optional V6s in the 6000 in 1988, but no Quad 4.
A exceptional wagon in unusually great problem, but not a lot of lovers find out Detroit entrance-push cars of this era, and it had little possibility of rescue after it came below.
What far more did you need in a wagon back again then?