So gaudy...but I still love it...
even found a picture of someone autocrossing one..
and an added bonus...
Basically GM decided they should not go on sale and ordered any that had been shipped to be returned yet one dealership decided they'd take their chances and sell them anyway, much like the Caprice's that were sold new today from GM dealers ignoring orders.
I have never seen any private cars or even any pictures that were not of the cars new at press events or being used as pace cars.
You have mentioned that you saw one in person before on a thread maybe a few years ago and that's actually why I looked up the information in the first place. You or someone with virtually the same story that is.
Heck, if there was any value to them anyone serious about having one could get a beater cutlass convertible and do a parts swap with a Beretta GTU to make a tribute car. Although they would have to cut and weld the rear clip.
RIP Cosmic TDI
At the time, this car had standard-issue KY tags. Initially I thought it was a dealers demo (we had a small Chevy dealer a few miles away before the "restructuring" of GM) but he was too old for be a new car at the time, and had "real" plates.
RIP Cosmic TDI
I do like the idea of a dealership deciding the cars were too neat to send back and they sold them anyhow, I hope that's the actual story.
One of your classier pace cars...
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as close as they came to a Supercar pace car!
actually it was the pace car that never was.
Way back in 1991, Chrysler was charged with providing a pace car for the 75th running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the company was blood brothers with Mitsubishi, and the automakers had decided it would be worth everyone's while to rebadge the popular 3000GT as a Stealth and sell it under the Dodge banner. Chrysler was thrilled to have something resembling a sports car on its dealer lots and wanted to get the word out by handing pace car duties to its newest creation. Only there was a problem. Once the public got wind that Chrysler wanted to run a Japanese-built car out front of the red, white and blue Indianapolis 500, near riots ensued, with the United Auto Workers among the most critical parties.
Chrysler pulled a 180 and decided to roll out a Viper prototype for the race, but not before it built a Stealth for pace duty. The car was dipped in some very visible yellow paint, and safety equipment like a roll cage, racing harnesses and a communication system was installed. The car was never called to pace at the Brickyard, however, having been relegated to the duty of an official festival car. Thereafter, it spent its years parked in the Walter P. Chrysler Museum instead.
Now, that very would-be pace car is up for auction on eBay. With just 8,000 miles on the clock and an opening bid of $25,000, the car is someone's chance to own one very odd piece of Detroit history – the Indy 500 pace car that never was. Check out the auction here.
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In 1990 Chevrolet did sell a Beretta pace car model but they were all coupes. A few thousand were produced in either yellow or a light green color. They had the GTU gfx package and a pace car decal kit, but were otherwise normal Berettas.
The Beretta above sold at Barrett Jackson was actually around at Indianapolis doing pace car duties (but did not pace the race). That's why it went for $22k. People love their Indy pace cars.
RIP Cosmic TDI
Well, I hope so.