The second generation Chevrolet Cavalier was launched in 1988 as Chevrolet’s compact economy car, following in the footsteps of the Monza, Nova, Corvair, etc. It isn’t old enough to be collectible and its front-drive chassis was built more for economy than for performance, but at least the Z24 version had pretensions of being sporty. Fortunately, the builder of today’s feature fixed the performance issue with a 3.5 liter V6 swap from a 2005 Malibu. Find this 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 w/ 3.5L V6 swap for sale in Suffolk County, NY for $2,200 via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Z24 was the highest trim level of the Cavalier and added a painted body kit, adjustable seats, Z24 emblems and a CD player. Of two engines available, the 3.1 liter V6 was the one to get, but it only put out 140 horsepower and was mated to a 3 speed automatic or 5 speed manual.
This Z24 is now powered by a 3.5 liter V6 from a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu which makes 200 horsepower and 220 ft-lbs of torque – and the owner installed a 5-speed manual. The full build thread can be found here on V6Z24.com forums.
It is always interesting when a seller includes a self portrait…this is a good one. He looks like he has got a little bit of the Captain in him.
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