Chevrolet Cavalier

1986 Chevrolet Cavalier

The 1986 Chevy Cavalier Z24, part of the 1986 Chevy Cavalier line.
The sporty Z24 model remained the
top-selling Chevrolet Cavalier for 1986.

The 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier featured two sportier series to complement the V-6 engine introduced in 1985. The pair was topped by the Z24, offered in two-door coupe or three-door hatchback body styles.

For those on a tighter budget, the RS series replaced the previous year's Type 10 and was available in all body styles -- coupe, hatchback, sedan, convertible, and even the wagon.

RS models added black and red exterior trim, wider 13-inch tires, sport suspension, power steering, and a cockpit-styled instrument panel. Standard engine remained the 85-horsepower 2.0-liter four, mated to either a four- or five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission.

The performance-oriented Z24 brought blackout exterior treatment, F-41 sport suspension, 14-inch tires on aluminum wheels, and, most importantly, the 120-horsepower 2.8-liter V-6 -- which was optional on lesser Cavaliers. The V-6 could only be mated to the four-speed manual or three-speed automatic.

Z24's were priced more than $2,000 above the base coupe, with a starting price of $8,878. Yet they accounted for more than 46,000 orders in 1986, better than 10 percent of total Cavalier sales that reached 432,000 -- enough for another first-place showing.

1986 Chevrolet Cavalier Facts

Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built

The 1986 Chevy Cavalier RS Wagon, part of the 1986 Chevy Cavalier line.
Sales of the 1986 Chevy Cavalier RS wagon
were soft at around 6,200 units.

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