• Jan 17, 2009

Click above for a high-res gallery of the very last GMC Typhoon

Back in the early '90s, General Motors proved that it was capable of producing a vehicle that was fully competitive with the best supercars in the world, and it did so, oddly enough, with a compact pickup truck called the Syclone. Later, a midsize SUV bodyshell was used with the same powertrain, namely, a turbocharged and intercooled 4.3L V6 engine that sent power to all four wheels through an automatic transmission. Today at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, the General brought out the very last Typhoon ever produced in 1993, and it was joined by a 1991 GMC Syclone that was used as a pace truck in the PPG Race Series. First up was the Syclone, which sold for way more than we would have guessed at $66,000 after auction fees. As tempted as we were to bid on the Typhoon, our collective pocketbooks shook in fear as the bidding incrementally crept skyward before passing $40,000 and finally selling for a grand total of $52,800. See the official Barrett-Jackson description for both vehicles after the break.


Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.
1991 GMC Syclone PPG Pace Truck:

This PPG Pace Truck saw track usage at many venues and is a great example of the now legendary first super truck, Syclone.


1993 GMC Typhoon:

This one-year-only GMC Typhoon represented a highwater mark for high performance compact sport utility trucks. With its conservatively rated 280hp blown and intercooled V6 and AWD, the Typhoon could easily cover a 1/4 mile in under 14.3 seconds and accelerate from 0-60 in less than 6.0 seconds with little effort and with its specially tuned suspension. it handled as well as it looked. Classy and comfortable, this polite street brawler is the last one built.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love Syclones/Typhoons. The only reason I wouldn't pay so much for one of them is because I'd drive the snot out of mine and rack up a ton of miles in no time... not so good for a car intended to be an investment.

      And people are actually comparing this to RAV4s and X5s? Neither of those can touch this 16 year old car's acceleration times. Real car guys would know this but alas, these fools are not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      50k for that POS. People should just give me the money and I will give 1/2 back and call it less of a loss...
        • 6 Years Ago
        they will look back at there collectible and say fondly... what a POS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        firstplace, you really have no clue, do you.

        It's called an investment. This is one of only a handful of cars that were made in the '80s and '90s that can be considered collectible.

        POS or not, this baby is only going to go up in value.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you my friend no nothing about cars....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Money WELL spent. If I was there, I would have snatched this up. (after I won the lottery)
      • 6 Years Ago
      i still have an ad for this truck from FC Kerbeck (NJ) somewhere in storage. they claimed to have something like 20+. i begged and pleaded to my father to get one of these but he didn't like 2-door vehicles. so we ended up with a '94 Jimmy instead which lasted us a good 6 years before things went to hell. despite liking the SRT-8 more, i'd still buy one of these if i saw it for cheap.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still dream about having a sy/ty. Both have a spot in my dream garage that consists of about a million other vehicles as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'sa GNX with 4WD...what's not to like
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember going to the library once, and as I was pulling up..there
      was this bright red Jimmy. I got a little closer, saw the Typhoon
      wording and nearly shat in my pants. Later on as I was walking out,
      there was this 60-70something year guy also leaving in front of
      me...whose was walking to HIS ty...!! Talked to him and he showed me
      it inside and out...awesome vehicle.

      The coolest part was seeing a man this age in a Typhoon (who reminded
      me Mr. Rogers, maybe older) taking off like a bat outta hell leaving
      the parking lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Back in the day, this was THE vehicle. Safety, efficiency be dammed. Nothing this side of a Ferrari could touch it in raw speed. Mindblowing in the early 1990's.

      The reason this one is so valuable compared to one that was used/abused is that these trucks didn't wear very well. The deteriorate like a Chevy truck.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I own both a Syclone and a Typhoon. I feel I am pretty qualified to talk about them owning one since 1992. They are an oddball for sure. Something no one really wanted or needed. They are very fast. They were very fast for their time, and great out at the street races.

      They are a 1990's GM Truck, and all the good and bad that goes along with that. They have issues and problems, but like a loved one, we take the good with the bad.

      My modified truck running 11's at Pomona - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx1kJTIkVo4

      Another 10 second Typhoon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LljCLl9pWA0

      Fun and dumb, but not everything in life has to make sense.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember driving a friend's Typhoon in high school. It was an interesting machine. Astonishingly fast and agile, but a complete white knuckle experience. I was a passenger more than a few times when my friend slipped off the road taking turns too fast in this beast, and the thing would rattle like hell making us think suspension bits were falling off. Neat for a collectors item, but I would rather actually drive something like an RDX.

      Though like any collectors car, there's got to be something subjective about the styling or heritage or memories conjured that bring in the bucks. There's no point arguing the virtues of a modern car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. These are collectibles. No one is supposed something like this on their daily commute. If you already have your daily use vehicles and have money (and garage space) to spare, buy this! Especially if you are a American muscle enthusiast.

        If I had the money and garage space, I'd pick up a mint-condition early 90s RX-7. Suuuure I can buy a loaded RX-8 or 370Z for the same money but that's missing the point entirely.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These trucks are awesome and I would love to have one. In my years I have seen maybe only 5 - 10 sy/ty's in real life.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For the longest time, I didn't care for this car.

      My neighbor gave me a ride in his.

      It is now on the list of cars I consider Bad A$$!
      It is probably one of the fastest cars I've been in, and defiantly the fastest SUV I've been in!


      It is the "Cayenne Turbo S" of it's day.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cayenne Turbo S for white trash...in a good way.
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