• Mar 2, 2009
Click above for gallery of the final 1993 GMC Typhoon

I happen to be a big fan of the GMC Typhoon and was probably a little more excited than I should've been when it was announced that the very last one made, a 1993 model that's been stowed away in the GM Heritage Collection all these years, was to be auctioned off at this year's Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. I waited anxiously the day of the auction for the text to come in from our live coverage team. The news wasn't good. The '93 Typhoon with just 130 miles had gone for $52,800 including auction fees. Youch.

I just happen to have an eBay Motors alert set to inform me whenever a Typhoon goes up for sale on the internet auction site, and lo and behold, the very same Typhoon we saw in Scottsdale showed up there today. The seller, who we presume to be the same person that bought the performance SUV in Arizona, has a starting a bid of just $10,000, but we're fairly certain the reserve is significantly higher. We're not so sure, however, that he or she will be able to recoup what was spent to procure the Typhoon in the first place, at least not in this economy. Suffice it to say that if I were a man of wealthier means, this 1993 GMC Typhoon would not still be on eBay Motors tomorrow.



[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      My good friend who worked for GMC engineering support brought a Syclone truck home one weekend when they first came out.

      We cruised to the local street drag hangout and parked it.
      That was a fun weekend.

      Has anyone ever seen the 87 Trans Am with the Grand National engine? I have a brochure, but have NEVER seen one. I've only seen the GNX twice in my life, one on the street and one in a dealership, roped off.

      I remember shopping for a new car and the Buick dealer was trying to get rid of the last of the Grand Nationals in late 87. One dealer had 5 of them, all sale priced at $13,800.00

      I bought a Toyota Camry for the same price, as I had just gotten married.

      What was I thinking?!??! (the car i'm referring to). I'm still happily married.

      Buick needs another Grand National type of car. I never thought that I would think of the 80's as the good old days!! Haw!

      I must be getting old.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love eBay Find of the Day. That never-driven camaro didn't meet reserve.
      • 5 Years Ago
      they did put this engine in a rear-drive car. the buick regal type-t, the buick grand national, and the pontiac trans-am.

      regards,
      vrmchris
        • 5 Years Ago
        They didn't put the 3.8L Turbo charged engine from those cars in the GMC Typhoon. The Typhoon & Syclone had a 4.3L Turbo charged engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And to think, SUVs like the Cayenne Turbo, the xDrive 50i, and the ML65 owe their very existence to a bunch of hooligan GM engineers...

      ...and some people think GM built vehicles nobody wanted.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If only GM had put that engine in some kind of rear-wheel drive car.

      One of the best motors to come from GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man...i remember how cheap some of these where floating around for back in the mid 90's....I ALMOST BOUGHT ONE!!
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      My favorite part about the SyTy is that if anyone came out with a small truck and SUV that put those kind of numbers down we would still be smitten. But for a early 90's!? The SyTy was truly the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Dodge Ram SRT10 of their day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No matter how credible the dealer is, I wouldn't bid on an auction without interior and engine pics along with the exterior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plus, he has no previous ebay car sales, very few sales at all (mostly small purchases). Either a scam or extreme buyer's remorse (too much beer at Barrett Jackson?)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Surely there are supercharger kits for the 4.3 on regular Jimmy. Sure, its no Typhoon, but it would get you part of the way there, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nobody makes them any more. Wynjammer was on 6psi and the Vortech procharger was made until 2 yrs ago if I recalled correctly.
      davin
      • 3 Years Ago
      i own one and they are amazing ill never buy another vehicle
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chances of getting a legitimate bid higher than what he paid months ago at B-J are pretty slim. Very pretty slim.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly!

        Which is funny when you read the past comments on how collectible this truck was supposed to be. (older autoblog post).

        It's a "funny" piece of engineering, OEM made that is: an big engine into a crappy Jimmy. That had nice handling and excellent perfomance.

        Collectible? Well. yes and no. I don't really think so, unless you call a car in the mid twenties collectible.... it will be retain 'some' value, but to me: it is quite the same category as the recent 0 miles camaro. or a low mile Taurus SHO.

        And don't even think of driving it. Every miles will cost you a bunch, value wise.
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