The Chevrolet Celebrity was basically the Chevrolet Citation on a mission, as you'll learn in this article.

Introduced in early 1982 as the 1983 Chevrolet Celebrity, this new car shared the same basic compact-car-class chassis as the Citation. The Celebrity's body, however, was longer with enough extra sheetmetal to push the Celebrity into the midsize class.

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1982 Chevrolet Celebrity
The midsize Celebrity joined the Chevrolet lineup in 1982.
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That allowed Chevrolet to price the Celebrity $1,500 to $2,000 over the Citation, and it also gave Chevy a front-wheel-drive midsize car to sell alongside the rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Malibu.

Available with four- and six-cylinder engines, the Celebrity debuted with two- and four-door sedan body styles. The 1984 Chevrolet Celebrity lineup added a four-door station wagon.

The Chevrolet Celebrity also would offer a Eurosport option group with a firmer suspension and specific trim. It did a fairly credible job of infusing this all-American car with some sport-sedan flair.

Celebrity's exterior dimensions, styling, and equipment levels were spot on for buyers who wanted a reasonably priced car in the midsize class.

Sales averaged 350,000 annually from 1984 to 1987. The 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity found almost 405,000 buyers, making it one of the most popular cars in the U.S.

By the end of its run as the 1990 Chevrolet Celebrity, this gilded Citation would be counted among the most successful Chevrolets of its time.

Continue on to the next page to find out why the Chevrolet Citation made such an ideal base for the debut of the Chevrolet Celebrity.

1982 Chevrolet Celebrity 4-door sedan
The 1982 Celebrity featured angular but aerodynamic styling.

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