The Kar Kolumn


Hank Larsen, Staff Writer

Everyone loves a convertible; a warm breeze rushing your way, and an open-air atmosphere for all to enjoy. But what if you owned a convertible that practically no one else owned? These are just a few reasons junior Lance Pieper decided to purchase his one-of-a-kind 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Convertible.

It started with the need for freedom after being stuck under the reign of his mother for far too long. Knowing the ownership of his own car would grant him plenty freedom, he found a family friend that would give him a great deal on an old Cavalier. In just a few weeks, the car was his.

What Pieper loves most about the car is its uniqueness. “I’ve never seen any other Cavalier from the 80s or even early 90s,” he said. In short, the best version of the Cavalier is very rare and he is lucky to own it.

Its retro 1980s styling sets it apart from today’s cars. Retro digital gauges, cloth bucket seats and a slightly boxy design give the Cavalier the best of what came from ‘80s cars. With more and more new cars merely blending into each other as far as design, the car is a living memory of what it truly meant to design a car that separates itself from the crowd.

Pieper compares it to a 1965 Ford Mustang. “Mustangs may be ordinary as a whole, but nothing compares to that iconic 60s era.” With 182,350 miles on the odometer, the Cavalier has done a good sum of driving already, but there is no question that there is still plenty of life left in it.

One thing he wishes he could improve is its acceleration, specifically the 0-60 time. With 130 horsepower sourced from its 2.8 liter V6, it “chugs” to 60 miles per hour in about 10 seconds. “This comes embarrassingly close to Prius territory,” Pieper said.

Older cars are known for their uniqueness and character. “Unless a new car is a supercar, it won’t be exclusive or have much character,” Pieper said. “But old cars have both.”

With the perfect blend of iconic styling and top-down enjoyment, Pieper is proud to own such a legendary car. “Having an enjoyable car suddenly creates fun out of the normally mundane activity of driving.” All in all, owning a car we love can contribute to life’s small freedoms and pleasures we all desire.