91 Chevy Sprint Convertible
This is my toy. It is a 91 Chevy Sprint Convertible (called a Geo Metro in the US that year). In March 98, I bought this car in pretty rough shape. The list of fixes to the engine and body are very long. The engine required a rebuild as an exhaust valve had burned out. The car had only 113K kilometers on it.
The finish on the body and hubcaps is Dupont Yellow with Chanpagne Pearl and several coats of clearcoat. Wilson Refinishing in Port Perry, Ontario did the body work. To finish off the exterior new Pirelli P200 Aquachrono tires and a new top were added.
I have always loved this car since it appeared and was disappointed when it was discontinued in 1993. Few of them were made. While the car is basically a Suzuki, it was made in the GM plant in Ontario, Canada. I also own a 92 Geo Metro 4 door which was bought new for my wife. 246K kilometers later, it still runs like a champ requiring only 4.6 L/100 kilometers.
The limited production of convertibles caused some restoration problems. The first was replacing the top. The one that came with the car was missing the rear molded window. An original GM top was only $275 Cdn so one was ordered. The first top that came was almost 2 inches too small. After discussions with a GM representative, a new top was sent. He commented that due to the very limited number of cars made, no additional tops had been made and the replacement top sent was probably 6 or more years old. While installing the second top was very tedious, it fit like a champ. Fortunately none of the top mechanism was damaged as a new top including hardware is over $6,000 Cdn.
The interior was in pretty good shape except for the light and wiper switches. The mechanic that did the previous work, glued the tops back on when the came off and glued one of the switches into place. This took lots of work to undo. The most recent work was to recover the visors. The original ones are a wire frame with a styrofoam interior and a vinyl exterior. Over the course of the 7 years, the styrofoam had disintegrated. I cut the covers off and used black vinyl with a new synthetic batten interior. Many of the vinyl pieces on the car were badly worn so I have been resewing and replacing them.
Since these pictures were taken I have added a hood bra. As I live on a farm and commute long distance, the front of my cars take a real beating. Actually the cover looks quite nice and doesn’t destroy the appearance of the car. Mud flaps were added to protect the paint due to the dirt roads I drive daily.
I would sure love to hear from other fans of the Chevy Sprint (Geo Metro) Convertible.
(Originally written on April 23, 1998)