Chevrolet Cavalier

1983 Chevrolet Cavalier

The 1983 Chevy Cavalier Coupe, part of the 1983 Chevy Cavalier line.
The 1983 Chevy Cavalier lineup included this affordable coupe.

The 1983 Chevrolet Cavalier included a number of changes for its sophomore model year, most notably the addition of a convertible variant. Accomplished with the help of ASC Incorporated, the new droptop unfolded just a year after Chrysler Corporation "reinvented" the convertible by chopping the roofs from its Chrysler LeBaron and Dodge 400.

In response to complaints of poor acceleration, the 2.0-liter four introduced in mid-1982 was made standard for 1983. Yet despite higher compression and a switch to throttle-body fuel injection (to replace a carburetor), horsepower dropped by four to 86, though torque stayed about the same. That engine could be backed by a four- or five-speed manual transmission or a three-speed automatic with lockup torque converter.

In an effort to hold prices down, Chevy stripped some of the Cavalier's standard equipment for 1983 and renamed some models. The no-frills Cadet was dropped, so the line started with the base coupe, sedan, and wagon, all of which listed for about $500 less than the previous year's Cadet.

Top-line CL versions for 1982 were replaced by CS models, which saw even bigger price cuts, averaging about $1,700. The convertible topped the line at $10,990.

Considering the drop in prices, sales didn't increase very much: from 195,000 in 1982 to about 218,500 in 1983 -- only 627 of which were convertibles.

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The 1983 Chevrolet Cavalier 3-door F-41 Hatchback, part of the 1983 Chevy Cavalier line.
This 3-door F-41 hatchback was one of
eight 1983 Chevy Cavalier models.

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