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Old 01-12-2019, 12:48 PM
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One of the nicest Berlinettas I've seen recently

https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds...o/2207947.html

I guess I have a soft spot for Berlinettas since my first car was a black 1982 Berlinetta that I drove for 200,000 miles.
My car was a V6 with the 4-speed manual, which was fun to drive in its own way, but it was obviously way down on power.
That's why this car is interesting: this Berlinetta has a V8 with the 5-speed manual (which only became available in 1983).
It's also a low mileage car (less than 11K miles).

I believe stick shift V8 Berlinettas are pretty rare (I never saw one advertised before). I wonder how much it will sell for
at auction.








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Old 01-12-2019, 12:50 PM
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Sorry, I forgot to originally include the Hemmings link:

https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds...o/2207947.html

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Re: One of the nicest Berlinettas I've seen recently

It looks like a monster truck with those 14" wheels and pizza cutters. Unfortunately, I'd bet this car won't get much attention. Being an 83 Berlinetta, it doesn't even have the features that make a Berlinetta unique. It's just a Sport Coupe with plush seats, extra carpet, and heinous gold badges and wheels. Ugly for days in it's special 80's way.

On the flip side, maybe it'll stand out from all the 1LE hype and Irocs... Yeah, probably not. I'll bet it sells like a 6cyl. Anyone think it'll crack 10k?
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I really like this car. If the price was right I would seriously consider putting an offer on it.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:06 PM
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Well, as I said, I have a soft spot for Berlinettas. The 14" wheels may look too small to modern eyes, but back in 1982 and 1983, all the non-Z28 Camaros had 14" wheels, so it didn't strike us as strange.
In certain colors, I thought the gold trim looked sharp. I liked my car in black. I don't have a picture of mine at hand this second, but mine looked identical to this one (with blackwall tires):

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I think the gold trim and rear spoiler deleted give the car a very unquie look.
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Re: One of the nicest Berlinettas I've seen recently

I believe stick shift V8 Berlinettas are pretty rare
82 and 83 only,..... the 84 and up Berlinetta was not produced with a V8 and a stock Stick.


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Re: One of the nicest Berlinettas I've seen recently

I've got a soft spot for Berli's too. In HS, my GF had a mint 85. Burgandy, 305, digital dash and the weird radio pod. I remember driving that thing all over the place! Drove SO nice!
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82 and 83 only,..... the 84 and up Berlinetta was not produced with a V8 and a stock Stick.

I'm not sure about availability in 82. According to the dealer order guide (on the GM Heritage website), the V8 (LG4) required an automatic transmission
for both Berlinettas and Sport Coupes that year (certainly not true in later years), implying the only V8 stick shifts in 1982 were Z28s.

It looks to me like the stick shift V8 Berlinetta was a one year only option (1983).
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I have to say I have never seen a V8 5 speed Berlinetta until this car popped up.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:22 PM
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Well, since the auction for this 1983 Berlinetta will be going off in a couple of days, I'll make my wild guess regarding the final bid: $7500.
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I going to Barrett Jackson Wednesday. Going to check it out in person. But this auction is all about inflated prices so I doubt I could get it for a decent price.
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Well, if you're going to the auction, good luck on the bidding!!
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car hammered down at 7500.00 .. not bad for a 10,000 mile 5 speed v8 berlinetta .. owner probably got 5,000 in his pocket
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Wow, my wild guess (post #11) was right on the money! :-)
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Yup, you were spot on! I did see the car in person. It was like a brand new Berlinetta!

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