Back in the day we had all kinds of really cool cars: Ramblers, Pintos, Gremlins, Pacers, and Chevettes. Behold the Chevette. "The Chevrolet Chevette was introduced in September 1975 and manufactured for model years 1976-1987 based on GM's worldwide T platform and superseding the Vega as Chevrolet's entry-level subcompact. The Chevette was the best-selling small car in America for 1979 and 1980. It was popular in South America as well, where production lasted until 1998." (Wikipedia - becuase I didn't feel like writing in this much detail, but you needed to know).

I remember it being a steaming pile of poo. Even back then as a snarky junior higher (we didn't have Middle Schools where I came from) it was de riguer to mock Chevettes. So imagine my surprise when I saw one on the mean streets of Colorado Springs. I had to do a double take and then go through the pain of explaining what it was to my 10-year old son. I'm trying to help him understand how cool cars are and then this thing (not a VW Thing - that's another story altogether) comes along.

The best part of this picture is the front wing of my E46 or maybe that Dodge Ram. I digress. This is a Chevette Coupe. Or would it be a coupé? Unfortunately I could only get this picture while the light was red. I don't text and drive and I definitely don't take pictures while driving.


Note how clean it is. It was actually like new, though the guy had it crammed full of stuff. Why do people do that? At any rate, as I passed by him (he was pokey McGee) I noticed he had a decal indicating he is either an active, reserve, or more likely, retired Full Colonel (O-6).


A retired Colonel or Navy Captain is probably making pretty good bank, unless it's going to his ex-wife or something like that. It's the only explanation for why this fine American was driving a remnant of our history I'd rather not recount.