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David’s Friday AutoHunter Picks

A modern trio from General Motors

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For my Friday AutoHunter picks I decided to go for a modern General Motors motif with three selections from the 80s and 90s in distinctly different genres.

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

Ford brought back the Bronco; couldn’t Chevy revive the two-door Tahoe?

I can’t imagine I’m the only one that maintains this notion about a short-lived full-size Chevrolet SUV model that left the market in 2000. It was a stout SUV with a spartan exterior, and the two-wheel drive example available on AutoHunter was refurbished with new paint, upholstery, moldings, and trim.

1999 Chevrolet Tahoe
1999 Chevrolet Tahoe

Under the hood is a 5.7-liter V8 engine paired with a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission and a limited-slip rear end featuring 3.41:1 gearing. The listing states that the air conditioning system was flushed, and all the engine fluids were replaced.

Despite its utility nature it has creature comforts for the driver and passengers with leather seats, air conditioning and power mirrors, locks, and windows. 

1990 Buick Reatta
1990 Buick Reatta

1990 Buick Reatta

The 90s were a funky era for Buick. I don’t mean that in a complimentary way, more along the lines of making cars that kinda’ stunk. Their offering were dull, uninspired and had the same vibe as a high school student doing minimal work to pass a chemistry class. Yes, they made vehicles, but with minimal achievement.

The Reatta was different than some last-minute essay that was barely researched and hastily thrown together into some lowly functional form of academic achievement. Quite the opposite; the Reatta was a proper two-seater with distinct flavor and didn’t look like the usual offerings from Buick.

This silver over gray example on the current AutoHunter docket has a fuel-injected 3.8-liter V6 engine paired with a 4T60-E 4-speed automatic transmission. The listing states, “The digital odometer shows 54K miles. The CARFAX report’s last mileage figure of 51,370 miles was recorded in January of 2008.”

You could use it as a GT cruiser with room for luggage and/or golf clubs on a brief sabbatical. And like their recent ad campaign maintained, people won’t recognize that you’re in a Buick.

1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 

I preferred the IROC-Z over the Mustang GT in the late 80s. This was based on aesthetics and a coolness factor, which are strong selling points for a kid in elementary school. Decades later and I still have the same sentiments, and this one on AutoHunter still looks sharp.

This one-owner Camaro is finished in Bright Red (WA8774) with IROC-Z graphics, and a ground effects package. Under the hood is a tuned-point fuel-injected 305ci V8 paired with a five-speed manual transmission and this Camaro has the Performance Package.  

It needs some love and tenderness, there is a transmission fluid leak and other gremlins, but it looks like a solid foundation for a cool hobby car. A restored IROC-Z in red is a proper idea that my younger and current self would love.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.

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