The best-selling car in America in 1986 was the Chevrolet Celebrity, which found its way into 404,883 homes. To this day, no other General Motors vehicle has achieved such a title since then.
“The heartbeat of America is today’s Chevrolet,” was Chevrolet’s slogan at the time.
There was little to get excited about when it came to the Celebrity, but it was arguably the most important car for General Motors that year. My parents were among the many people who made a Celebrity part of their family.
On April 19, 1986, they traded in a 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier and drove home in a brand new 1986 Chevrolet Celebrity Classic from Axtell Chevrolet in Logan, Utah. The car was well-equipped for its time, offering amenities like whitewall tires, wire wheel covers, bumper guards, a vinyl roof, and 60/40 split bench seating up front which made for a total cabin occupancy of six passengers. Above, I am in the bowtie, standing with my brother Bentley.