• Jun 5th 2008 at 1:27PM
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Ah, the Eurosport, Chevrolet's well-executed package for classing up the '80s A-Body front-drivers. Catch a Eurosport in your peripheral vision quickly, and it'd be easy to mistake it for a Volvo 7-series, or even an Audi 5000 (G). What we have here is a time capsule in two ways. First, the Celebrity was GM's redemption from the X-Body's failure to deliver on its potential. The Celebrity is the vehicle where the General got its act together, fully years before the Taurus, too. Secondly, this particular Celebrity was swept up in the Pro Street craze that customizers glommed on to in the days when a guy could pull off a hot pink tank top. It's a period piece, built when the Simpsons were still on Tracey Ullman.

The excesses of the 1980s are perfectly embodied in the decadent Pro Street movement; the same ethos drove the popularity of hair metal. There was an edge to it, an underlying basis in the blues. Pro Street's blues were the grit and rocket fuel fumes of serious drag racing. Many cars we'd kill for today (unrusted late '60s MoPars, anyone?) suffered the fate of being cut up and tubbed, then fitted with teeny tiny front tires on horridly ubiquitous Centerline phone-dial rims. The end result is a car that handles as well as a T. Rex does preacher curls with its wimpy little arms. Handling's not the point, insane craftsmanship and over the top everything are. This car, definitely has that with its pro build worthy of magazine coverage, triple-blown big block, tube frame, massive Mickey Thompsons, and the requesite drag chute and smart aleck license plate. Rather than cry over another increasingly rare car being hacked up by a cokehead fabricator, nobody will care that a Celebrity went under the knife. In fact, they'll stop dead in their tracks and say "cool." Get your bids in now, or just end everyone's suspense and fork over the 50G's for the thing. You'll be a hit at the local choke and puke cruise night. Thanks for the tip, SleighBoy!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      My mother had a 1985 Celebrity Eurosport wagon with a carbureted V6. Basically a good car, and it looked sharp for the time, but she still complains that she would need to shut off the A/C to make the thing accelerate.

      Bet that isn't a problem with this car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My dad had a celebrity station wagon with a carburetor and it ate fan belts like a lineman eats lo mein at a chinese buffet. We always had to have the window opened because he wouldn't turn on the AC
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Secondly, this particular Celebrity was swept up in the Pro Street craze that customizers glommed on to in the days when a guy could pull off a hot pink tank top."

      Heh. Those were the glory days! I was going through some boxes awhile back and came across a bunch of my old hot rod pics. My brother and I used to go to Super Chevy Sunday whenever it was close by (which was usually at least 2/year. I'm sure if I looked close enough I could find a guy wearing pink in the background (sadly).

      But back then Pro-street was the shizz.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Three blowers and not an intercooler in sight....


      Pretty coool, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Actually this car is much more then just a converted Eurosport, this is the Eurosport VR.

      To find a VR coupe or wagon is incredibly rare as must were the four door sedan.
      So as we're told this is an 83, I can only guess that at the time of it's conversion to dragster duty the owner decided to give it a modern VR look to it.

      Pretty cool car, and pretty rare front clip too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        According to the actual Ebay listing this IS an 87 VR and not an updated 83 Eurosport.

        P.S. Love the Corvette tail lights and seats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man, this brings back memories!

      I remember seeing this car at all of the car shows around here in the Midwest back in the '80s. This thing would always attract a huge crowd wherever it was! I still have Polaroid pictures of this car tucked away somewhere.

      Glad to see it's still alive and well. It still looks good today!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Before I get ripped apart I know this is an 83 and the Taurus came out in 86. The auction says the car was built in the LATE 80's so presumably the Taurus was out and Chevrolet still sold the Celebrity.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The body base may be an 83, but the ground effects, grill, headlights/header panel are all from the "Eurosport VR" which was made in 87 and 88. The Celebrity ended life in 1989 as a 3.1L Wagon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually they ended production in '90, and the 2.5L Iron Duke 4cyl and 2.8L was also an option.

        I know because my mom cross shopped a Celebrity wagon (with woodgrain!) with an Astro back in late 1990.

        The Astro won.

      • 7 Years Ago
      In the picture of the magazines, it clearly says "MARK GRIMES' '87 EUROSPORT VR 454.

      I vagualy remember this car from my childhood. The whole Pro Street thing really brings me back.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Shoulda came this way from the factory...they woulda sold more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      On the contrary, you have to admire the level of detail and craftsmanship on cars like this despite whether you like the car or not.

      I really miss the traditional blue bowtie and the black/red bowtie of the 80s and early 90s. Why GM uses all-gold now I'll never know, but it doesn't seem right.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm with you on that one. Should have stayed blue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thanks for sharing the GM FWD A-Body love Autoblog!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey sleighboy! I guess this is the perfect thread to say that 4tech (tech4?) emblem you have as your avatar always gives me the cold sweats. An engine that's crappy AND reliable: how am I supposed to hate it if it won't die?

        My early adulthood flashes before my eyes everytime you post. >:-p
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, don't forget the X-body's!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Very cool.

      There is very nice fabrication work done throughout the car. not just the engine.

      What does it take for people to see past the body they happened to use? Becides, The only domestic sedan of the time that was any better was the original Taurus.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. I think it is partly because we really don't care so much what it looks like, as long as it is fast. I can't imagine how much time it would take to build up something like that..
      • 7 Years Ago
      This brings back memories from my Hot Rod magazine subscription from the 80's and 90's. I still have the issue that features this car somewhere.

      I was never a big fan of Pro Street but definitely admire the craftsmanship.
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