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  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
The first-generation Chevrolet Lumina was built for the 1990 through 1994 model years, and most Luminas spent their lives as cheap, invisible Point-A-to-Point-B machines (second-gen Lumina production actually managed to limp into the 21st century, but nobody noticed). Still, GM built a high-performance version, known as the Z34, and I've managed to find one of these very rare cars in a San Francisco Bay Area self-service wrecking yard.

1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 in California junkyard

The Lumina Z34 came with a 3.4-liter DOHC V6 making an impressive-for-the-early-1990s 210 horsepower (the version that went in the Z34s with optional automatic transmissions, such as this car, made just 200 hp). This engine was a member of the large and complex GM 60-degree V6 family, and the only one that didn't have pushrods.

1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 in California junkyard

The Z34 had hood vents, a decklid spoiler, dash emblems, and a few other touches to distinguish it from the ordinary Hertz Edition Luminas.

1992 Chevrolet Lumina Z34 in California junkyard

This one has a Contra Costa County "Better move this heap or we're a-gonna tow it away" notice on the windshield, and provides yet more proof that there is no mercy in the car-towing world.



Yes, the Lumina was the Heartbeat of America.

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