The Cars

1980 Chevrolet Chevette 4 door Hatchback 

This was a good, practical family car. It didn’t run especially well and it didn’t look especially nice, but it was reliable. I owned it for over three years spanning the time from when I lived in San Diego to when I lived in Naples, Italy.

The photo above was taken at my house in South Bay San Diego in the summer of 1987. I still had the Chevy Luv at the time.

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1980 Chevrolet Chevette 4 door Hatchback Specifications

Purchased: – From Auto Dealer summer of 1986, San Diego, California
– Sold to Private Party, 1990, Naples, Italy
Features: – 1.6 Liter Four Cylinder Engine
– Brown Exterior Four Door Hatchback
– Brown Interior
– Air Conditioning
– Automatic Three Speed transmission
– AM/FM Radio
Custom Options: – Aftermarket Cruise Control
– Added “third eye” brake light
Comments: Okay Car, economical to operate, but nothing particularly outstanding about it.
External Reference: Wikipedia Entry for Chevrolet Chevettes
Fact Sheet for My Chevrolet Chevette

I don’t have any more personal photos of this car, but here is a Chevy-produced postcard showing off this car.

1980 Chevrolet Chevette Factory Brochure

Cover page for a factory 1980 Chevrolet Chevette brochure.

Most pages in this brochure are two-page spreads.

There was a lot of usable cargo room but limited by the low overhead.

Decent enough style for the time, comparable to what other US car manufacturers were putting out. I though the foreign car manufacturers had nicer designs.

The interior was actually pretty comfortable for a small car.

The dashboard was simple and functional.

I do believe this was the first year that cars staring using extensive electronic controls. Our Chevette had HEI ignition and an electronically controlled carburetor.

Having an automatic transmission was a nice touch. Most foreign car makers were producing manual transmissions in their economy cars as standard with automatic transmissions a pricey upgrade. This car was the least expensive car we found with an automatic.

Nice touch with the “Build Your Own” meme.


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1979 MG Midget 1500
1980 Chevrolet Chevette 4 door Hatchback
1988 Isuzu LS SpaceCab Pickup Truck
1976 Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1.6 Four Door Sedan
1978 Mercedes Benz 200D 4 Door Sedan
1991 Volvo 240 Sedan
2004 Isuzu Rodeo LS SUV
2000 Volkswagen New Beetle GL 2 Door Hatchback
2009 Nissan Versa 1.8S Hatchback
2013 Nissan Versa 1.6SV Sedan 
2015 Jeep Cherokee “Latitude”
2024 Thor Scope 18G RV
Final Thoughts and Table of Changes

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  1. […] basis over an eleven year period for family visits. My more memorable trips were made with the MG Midget  I briefly owned, but ghosts of my frequent commutes are everywhere along the I-5 […]

    March 26, 2015
  2. docreport said:

    Yikes, trying to comment and somehow ended up in your WordPress control panel. That was weird!

    So anyway, found someone that’s owned a few cars like me,although I have ya beat by around 20 LOL.

    Read most of your R. Garwood story. Geez that sucks.

    January 2, 2016

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