Black
Black
4.3L LB4 Turbo V6
4 Speed Automatic
  • 4.3 liter LB4 V6 / Factory-equipped Mitsubishi turbocharger
  • 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Borg Warner all-wheel drive system
  • Tuned sport suspension
  • Power steering
  • Power front disc and rear drum brakes / Standard ABS
  • 16-inch turbine-styled wheels
  • 1,889 actual mile survivor
  • Recently benefitted from $1,372 in service work
  • Sale includes an original window sticker, a Certificate of Authenticity and recent service records

SUMMARY

* 1,889 actual mile survivor
* 4.3 liter LB4 V6 / Factory-equipped Mitsubishi turbocharger
* 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
* Factory-spec Borg Warner all-wheel drive system
* Recently benefitted from $1,372 in service work
* Sale includes an original window sticker, a Certificate of Authenticity and recent service records
* Factory power steering
* Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes / Standard ABS

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Over the past four decades, General Motors has proven itself a modern day warrior. The company literally OWNED the '50s and '60s, and no matter how much corporate bean counters tried to quell its spirit of performance, true gearheads ALWAYS kept the flame lit. And I'm not talking about Corvettes or the incredible Cadillac V-Series. I'm talking about offerings that are fast, fun and highly attainable. In the early 21st century, the guys at Pontiac worked with GM's Holden division to bring world-class muscle to American shores. During the '80s, Buick's bad-to-the-bone Grand National proudly separated the winners from the losers. In the mid-'90s, Chevrolet's visionary Impala SS brought a new sense of cool to the full-size segment. And in the early '90s, it was this compact GMC land rocket that drew comparisons to the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. All black, all business and packed with Professional Grade performance hardware, this prim and polished pickup backs turbocharged V6 power with factory all-wheel drive and a tuned sport suspension!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Feeling especially whimsical, and privy to leftover parts from its empire of mass transportation appliances, GM set the automotive marketplace on its ear with a curve ball known as 'the 1991 Syclone'. But, unfortunately, the corporation's own bureaucracy killed the world-beating truck almost as fast as it hit dealerships, limiting production to 2,995 units. This Syclone's wet-looking coat of GM code 19 Black highlights original sheetmetal that's both crisp and sharp. The truck's vertical panels center straight surfaces in even gaps, showing no signs of damage or accident repairs. And, topped by great looking, factory-correct trim, the finish on those panels is every bit as glossy as it is deep.

ENGINE

Speaking of survivors, and GM's core strengths, if anyone ever creates an ultimate engine survivors list the corporation's stalwart Vortec 4300 V6 will surely be at the top. Introduced in 1985, that rugged powerplant has been a mainstay in most of the general's light truck offerings and, in massively re-engineered EcoTec3 guise, continues as the company's entry-level lump for the current Silverado and Sierra. For Syclone duty, the LB4 4300 saw significant mechanical upgrades that included better pistons, freer intake and exhaust manifolds, a Mitsubishi TD06-17C turbocharger, a Garrett water/air intercooler and a 48mm twin-bore throttle body that was borrowed from Chevrolet's 5.7 liter V8. All those carefully calculated tweaks and improvements added up to a very impressive 280 horsepower and 350 lb./ft. of V8-slaying torque. And the truck's strip-scorching times would not only best GM's own Camaro and Corvette, but also catapult it to the forefront of '90s performance! Mechanically, the low-mileage mill, which is 100% stock inside and out, benefitted from extensive service work last May. Everything, from the block's dry oil pan to its pliable air tube, is clean, lean and weather-free. And one glance at our high-resolution pictures is all it takes to see that this GMC has likely never seen anything more than carefully planned miles on sunny summer days.

DRIVETRAIN

With that kind of power on tap, it should come as no surprise that GM equipped the bottom of this pickup with a host of noteworthy upgrades. Behind the raucous engine, a reliable 700R4 automatic makes the most of four forward gears. That gearbox twists torque to a Borg Warner all-wheel drive system, which sends 35% of its power to the front wheels. Speaking of front wheels, this truck's 9-inch meats are pointed by factory power steering. Speaking of power-assist, the truck's power-assisted brake system is one of the first to be fully accompanied by standard anti-lock technology. At the center of the tuned sport suspension, factory-spec single-into-dual pipes hang big turbo mufflers behind a conservative catalytic converter. And power meets the pavement through beefy GM alloys, which spin 245/50ZR16 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports around requisite red “GMC” logos.

INTERIOR

Inside this awesome street bruiser you'll find a correct Gray and Black interior that's virtually spotless. Typical GMC fashion dictates more comfort than sport, but then, that's what GM's premium truck brand has increasingly gravitated toward. And naturally, that means this Syclone is loaded with all the features you'd expect including power windows, power locks, climate control, cruise control and a tilt steering wheel. In front of that wheel, red-piped factory buckets are still firm to the touch. Opposite those seats, factory-spec, Pontiac-sourced gauges inhabit a blocky dash that's free of warps and cracks. Below that dash, “SYCLONE” branded floor mats frame a small console and simple factory shifter. At the edges of those mats, factory door panels are straight, adhered and free of rain-induced water damage. And behind the passengers, a factory tonneau shields a clean bed.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION

The truck's original window sticker, which is included with our sale, lists the following standard and optional equipment:

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

* 4.3 liter PFI turbocharged V6
* 4-speed automatic transmission
* 4-wheel anti-lock brakes
* Power steering
* Turbine-styled aluminum wheels
* Air conditioning
* Cruise control
* AM/FM stereo that's complete with a cassette player
* Custom interior trim
* Special Performance Package
* Console shifter
* Lamp Group
* Floor mats
* Passenger's visor vanity mirror
* Door map pockets
* Inside rearview mirror that's complete with dual reading lamps
* P245/50VR16 black sidewall tires
* Aero Package
* Manual bucket seats
* Dual mirrors
* Deep tinted glass
* Power windows
* Power door locks
* Fog lamps
* Heavy duty battery
* 32mm front stabilizer shaft
* Controlled cycle wipers
* Gas-filled shocks
* Tilt steering
* All-wheel drive
* Engine oil cooler
* Limited-slip differential

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT

* Additional Syclone Standard Equipment
* -- Black paint
* -- Black trim
* -- High performance brake and fuel system
* -- Manual lumbar adjustment
* -- Tonneau cover
* -- Special Turbo instrumentation that's complete with a turbo boost gauge
* -- Functional dual exhaust outlets
* -- “SYCLONE” identifiers
* -- High Capacity Transmission Cooling Package
* -- Console that's complete with a cupholder and storage
* -- Leather-wrapped steering wheel

As previously mentioned, in May of 2014 this Syclone benefitted from $1,372 in service work. Here's a breakdown of the tasks performed by Automotive Specialty Services of Avon, Ohio:

* Complete lube and oil change ($32.95)
* -- Includes a 51-point safety inspection
* Mount and balance tires ($79.95)
* -- Includes a road test
* Brake system fluid flush ($94.27)
* -- Includes a road test
* Cooling system flush ($98.81)
* -- Includes a pressure test and testing for proper climate system operation
* Power steering system flush ($93.72)
* -- Includes a road test
* Transmission power flush ($139.64)
* -- Includes a road test
* Differential power flush ($179.90)
* -- Includes a road test
* Transfer case flush ($89.95)
* -- Includes a road test
* Wheel alignment ($79.95)
* --Includes a road test
* Heater core replacement ($407.65)

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES

* An original dealer brochure
* The aforementioned window sticker
* A Certificate of Authenticity
* A letter from GMC to the truck's original owner
* Receipts for the aforementioned service
* A Syclone Service Manual Supplement
* The September, 1991 edition of Car of Driver Magazine (compares the Syclone to a Ferrari 348ts)
* Tools and instructions for the truck's tonneau cover

Nobody scoffs at GMC's Syclone and Typhoon. Thanks to their professional grade DNA and ability to whip pretty much any street challenger, the trucks get big respect and much admiration. Sporting only 1,889 actual miles, this incredible pickup is an incredible bargain. And you can pretty much bank on the fact that the truck will grow in value as it and its buyer base continues to mature. So, what are you waiting for? Grab this brutish GMC and enjoy one of the nicest Syclones on the planet WHILE it appreciates!

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