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Cars > Challenges > “Blue Jay” Vs “The Beretta”

 

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CorvairJim

M–51
Norristown, Pennsylvania
United States

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95BerettaBase

M–29
St. Charles, Michigan
United States

 

1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT

“Blue Jay”

1995 Chevrolet Beretta Base

“The Beretta”

 
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Photo of: 1995 Chevrolet Beretta
 

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About “Blue Jay”

(Disclaimer: This picture, and all of the pictures in this car's album, were sourced from the Internet. I don't have any pictures left of the actual car. Except for the trunk rack, the car looked just like this.)

When my kids outgrew the back seat of my '80 Accord in the fall of 1990, I decided it was time for something nicer, something newer, something, well, sportier! More ME! I was working at a local Chevy/Olds dealer at the time, so I was familiar with the Beretta and thought one of them would do the job nicely. I couldn't afford a new one, but a gently used car wouldn't be out of the question. My employer didn't have any in stock at the time, but another local Chevy store did. They had a pair of '89 GTs, a red automatic and a blue 5-speed. Both cars were pretty well loaded, and both were advertised at roughly 2/3 of their original sticker price. Well, it was love at first sight with the blue car. The salesman tried a couple of times to talk me into the more expensive red car, but I made it clear that I wanted a stick, not an automatic. So, on my older daughter's 10th birthday, I got a gift myself! I had the car for 9+ years, and put well over 100,000 miles on it before it started eating engine control computers about every 4 months. even with junkyard parts, that got real expensive, real quick, on an 11 year old car!

About “The Beretta”

I bought this car in 2001 when I was in high school. I drove it and loved it right away. I took care of it and made sure that everything was always maintained and it has never let me down, even with 283,000 miles on her. I have always paid for everything on it & I have put a lot of time in it so the car means a lot. There are a lot more plans in store for her and I don't think they will end any time soon.

She is currently sitting in my garage awaiting a complete rebuild. I haven't had her on the road for a year.

 

Specs for “Blue Jay”

2.8 liter V-6 - 135hp
5-speed manual transmission

Specs for “The Beretta”

-3100 V6 rated at 155 HP
-185 tq
-4T60E 4 speed Automatic Transmission
-FE1 Suspension

 

Factory Options for “Blue Jay”

GT Handling and Appearance package, which included:
F41 Sport Suspension
P235-60R15 Goodyear Eagle GT Tires
Tuned Exhaust
Power Steering
Power Brakes
Power Windows
Power Door Locks
Remote Trunk Release

The car also had these separate options:
AM/FM Cassette Stereo
Light Group

Factory Options for “The Beretta”

-Base cluster (Gas,Temp,Speedo)
-Power Door Locks
-Tilt wheel with cruise control
-Rear Defrost
-Center console with storage bin
-AM/FM Cassette Player

 

Mods for “Blue Jay”

K&N Air Filter
Beretta GT Alloy Wheels (bought used to replace the base GT steel wheels)

Mods for “The Beretta”

Appearance:
-215/45/17 BF Goodrich Scorcher T/A Tires
-17" American Racing Wheels
-Keyless Entry with Alarm
-Shorty Antenna
-Sunroof
-Solid Grill from Z26 (need to paint & install)
-Limo Tint in Back Windows
-Z26 Full Gauge Cluster
-Fold Down Back Seat
-Clear Sidemarkers
-Hood Bra
-Headlight Covers
-Blue Reverse Lights

Performance:
-Flowmaster 40 Series Muffler
-Tranzgenic Cold Air Intake

Suspension:
-Custom Billet Aluminum Strut Tower Brace(courtesy of MRZ Performance)
-Eibach Pro Kit Springs (need to install)
-KYB GR2 Struts (need to install)
-KYB Gas-Adjust Shocks (need to install)

Audio:
-Pioneer Premier Headunit
-Clarion 6x9's
-2 12" Rockford Fosgate HE's
-Pioneer 450 watt Amp.

Future Ideas
-3400 SFI V6
-Garnet Z26 seats
-Cowl hood from USBody.com
-Underdrive Pulley
-New camshaft from JEGS
-New 17" Wheels (black)
-BMW E-36 Headlights
-Remote Trunk
-Poly Motor & Transmission Mount

 

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Points for Blue Jay Total Votes Points for The Beretta
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