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A midsize car produced by Chevrolet from 1982-1990.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Chevrolet Celebrity page on 20 May 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Chevrolet Celebrity is an automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors. Deriving a name used by Oldsmobile 88 pillared sedans during the early 1960s, the Chevrolet Celebrity replaced the Chevrolet Malibu as the mid-size Chevrolet, as the division transitioned to front-wheel drive. Sold in a single generation from 1982 to 1990, the Celebrity was sold in two-door and four-door sedans and a five-door station wagon.

Based on the GM A platform, the Chevrolet Celebrity was produced alongside the Buick Century, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and Pontiac 6000. The Chevrolet Celebrity sedan was replaced by the Chevrolet Lumina, with the Chevrolet Lumina APV minivan replacing the station wagon.

The Chevrolet Celebrity is based on the GM A-body platform. Introduced for 1982 as the replacement for the rear-wheel drive G-body platform, the A platform marked the expansion of front-wheel drive from the compact segment into mid-size vehicles. To lower development costs and increase commonality, the A platform shares design commonality with the compact-car X platform, with the Chevrolet Citation and Chevrolet Celebrity sharing a common 104.9 inch wheelbase.

While sharing commonality with the X-body chassis, the A-body platform would not share entirely in its controversial recall issues. There were driveability problems with the computerized engine control system in 1982 models, and deterioration of the upper engine mount (also called a dogbone) caused engine/transaxle vibration.

Chevrolet Celebrities in all models were available with 2 different bolt patterns on the wheel hub, either 100mm (JA1 code) or 115mm (JA2 code). Additionally, the trans-axles and brakes were different on these two patterns. The smaller of the bolt pattern was used in the standard models, and used a non-vented disc brake while the larger bolt pattern was to house the heavy duty vented disc brakes. A misconception is that all Eurosports came with the larger bolt pattern—this was not the case. Most of the heavy duty braking systems went to base model Chevrolet Celebrities for fleet vehicles and taxis.


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1985 BookChilton's Repair & Tune-Up Guide: GM A-Body 1982-85; Chilton Book Company
1998 BookGeneral Motors Buick Century, Chevrolet Celebrity, Oldsmobile Ciera & Cutlass Cruiser, Pontiac 6000 1982 thru 1996 Automotive Repair Manual by Gradon Mechtel, Larry Warren, John H. Haynes; Haynes Publishing Group


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Chevrolet Celebrity Clipart 1989
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DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1994Calspan On-Site Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1993 Chevrolet Corsica LT (Air Bag-Equipped)
Vehicle #2 - 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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