First, since most of you do not read the comments I am going to post this one from long-time regular reader and commenter, Dirty Dingus McGee. I am not showing it because it happened to be the 7,000th published comment on Disaffected Musings.
I wish DDM a quick and complete recovery.
This is the penultimate post in the Threes And Sevens series. According to The American Auto by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide® in 1993, “…unemployment and the lingering recession hurt car sales.” However, according to Car Sales Base, total US sales of new vehicles increased 8.6% compared to 1992. Yes, that includes light trucks and imports.
Still, when comparing sales from the top 12 US makes in 1992 and 1993, the latter year saw an increase of 5.9%. Anyway, as in 1987, Ford and Chevrolet (technically, Chevrolet/Geo) were the only US makes to reach seven figures in production/sales. The Blue Oval’s number was 1.29 million and the Bow Tie’s was 1.05 million. Ford’s best-seller was also in the middle of a four-year run as America’s best-selling car. Do you remember the Taurus?
Ford produced roughly 459,000 units of the Taurus in 1993. In those four model years (1992-95), Ford manufactured more than one and a half million Taurus. The least expensive one for 1993 was the GL sedan with an MSRP of $15,491. The limited production SHO was the most expensive at $24,859; about 22,000 of those were produced or only about 5 percent of total Taurus output.
For me, FoMoCo’s most interesting product in 1993 was the all-new Lincoln Mark VIII. Here is a photo:
Not even thirty years later, Lincoln no longer manufactures cars of any kind, let alone a two-door model. Lincoln produced 32,370 Mark VIII models at an MSRP of $36,640. That represented about 18 percent of total Lincoln volume.
The engine for the Mark VIII was a 4.6 liter/281 cubic-inch, double-overhead cam (not a typo) V-8 that produced 280 HP/285 LB-FT of torque. The base Corvette engine, which displaced 350 cubic inches, had 300 HP/340 LB-FT.
Speaking of the Corvette, engine output for the limited production and very expensive ZR-1 model increased to 405 HP/385 LB-FT of torque. Only 448 were sold that year and with an MSRP of $66,278, almost twice the base price for a coupe, maybe that’s not a surprise. Of course, Chevrolet had sort of predetermined the number of ZR-1s to be sold.
For $50,000 one could buy one of these:
That is, of course, a 1993 Dodge Viper with its awful fitting top. It looks to me like a very bad toupee. Dodge sold 1,043 Vipers in 1993 powered by an 8-liter/488 cubic-inch V-10 producing 400 HP/465 LB-FT of torque.
Yes, I will mention that 1993 was the last year for the Cadillac Allante. The ’93 Allante was part of my Ultimate Garage 3.0 published last July. (It’s still hard for me to believe that was a year ago.) I picked the ’93 model because it was the only one with the 295 HP/290 LB-FT Northstar V-8. The previous six models were beautiful, but underpowered.
The Chevrolet Cavalier was General Motors’ best-seller for 1993. Anyone want to guess what was number two?
Obviously from GTCarLot.com is a picture of a 1993 Pontiac Grand AM GT Coupe. Of course, the four-door sedan sold many more units, but with total production of more than 247,000 the Grand Am was GM’s second-best seller in 1993.
I almost bought one of these after I moved to California in 1995, but when I saw the Grand Prix I liked the looks much more so I bought that instead. This generation Grand Am was manufactured from 1991 to 1998 with a total output of 1.76 million units. Of course, I much prefer the 1973-75 Grand Am, a totally different kind of car.
Once again, I hope you have enjoyed the soon to be finished Threes And Sevens series.
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