This ’88 Chevy Sprint is More Supercar than Economy Car
On face value, this—a 1988 Chevrolet Sprint Metro—is just another forgettable ‘80s economy car. Unexciting, pedestrian, and drab. Not a noteworthy car by any means. But then you take a closer look, and its brilliance starts to make itself known. Hmm, those rear tires look mighty large, and gee, that interior looks pretty race-prepped, and oh goodness, there’s a giant V8 under the hood. Yes, on the outside, it’s not terribly interesting, but from behind the wheel it’s an absolute supercar. And if you fancy a ride in one, well… this raucous Chevy Sprint is up for sale in Concord, North Carolina for $44,995. RELATED: Check Out Ford's Sleeper Supercar—the Festiva "Shogun"
Why build a super speed ‘80s economy car? Because, racecar. According to the Sprint’s eBay listing, the Chevy was built-up in 2007 by Fatman Fabrications of Charlotte, North Carolina—a process which began with a full square-tube space frame chassis added to the Sprint’s original unibody. A new MacPherson strut front suspension setup was added to the car, along with Nissan pickup truck brakes, and a heavily revised rear end.
A hardy Ford nine-inch rear differential finds a home at the back, matched with a Detroit Truetrac limited-slip differential, aggressive 2.50:1 dragstrip gearing, and two turbochargers. Yes, two trunk mounted turbos.
The go-snails live in the trunk because let’s face it, there’s not much room under the hood, which originally accommodated a teensy three-cylinder engine. Now there’s a big 6.6-liter aluminum V8 under the bonnet, built by Duttweiller Performance, which boasts a load of competition-spec goodies and outputs a colossal 954 horsepower on standard pump gas. A hardened TH350 three-speed automatic ensures all those ponies reach terra firma.
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Inside, well… you don’t get a whole lot. The interior has been stripped to just the bare necessities, and because of the giant V8 under the hood (and under the dashboard), there’s not much room for your feet. Driving comfort was likely not a big priority with this build. Straight-line speed on the other hand, most definitely.
Crazily enough, the Chevy Sprint is said to be street legal, though that may depend on where you live. Some municipalities might not take kindly to near 1,000 horsepower drag strip demons prowling their city streets. To each their own.
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