Spotted in China: Chevrolet Celebrity MPFI V6 sedan

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A very dusty Chevrolet Celebrity MPFI V6 sedan, Spotted in China in the Tongzhou District in east Beijing. The good Celebrity was sadly in a rather sorry shape and apparently abandoned. It was dirty to the max, full with bruises and dents, and the roof was under a heavy rust attack. Most parts however seemed original, bar for the odd logo on the grille.

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A badge with a crown and a revolver, saying ‘Shot Club’.

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Let’s hope they don’t shoot the Celebrity! The Chevrolet Celebrity was manufactured from 1982 until 1990, with facelifts in 1984, 1986, and another one in 1987. This Beijing Celebrity is a post-1987 car, recognizable by its square one-piece headlights that replaced the earlier twin-headlights. The Celebrity was never officially exported to China, so how this blue green example ended up in the capital is a mystery.


The front bench is carefully covered in plastic, indicating somebody is still taking care of this Celebrity. It was a very popular car in its day, it even topped the best selling list in 1986. There were three variants; the sedan, a wagon, and a coupe. The Celebrity stood on the GM A-body front-wheel drive platform.


There were four engines available: a 2.5 liter four, a 2.8 liter V6, a 3.1 liter MPFI V6, and a 4.3 liter (!) V6 diesel. ‘MPFI’ stands for multi-port fuel injection, which was a pretty exotic feature at the time. The 3.1 liter unit had an output of 135hp and 244nm, it could be mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.


A good clean-up, new wheels, some oil here and there, and you got a mighty cool cruiser in Beijing.


A Celebrity on, we are proud today.

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