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est.1997

Updated May 06,  2017


Chevrolet Suburban History

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"The Sopranos"


 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Chevrolet Suburban History - Generation 8 - 1981- 1991
1981 Chevrolet Suburban



1981: Updated styling brings stacked rectangular headlamps for the 1980s. 

The 4WD system adds automatic locking hubs and the 454 big-block is still offered, giving customers great towing capability. 
New low-drag disc brakes enhanced fuel economy.
 

1982 Chevrolet Suburban

1987 Chevrolet Suburban

1987: Electronically controlled fuel injection and a four-speed overdrive transmission bring greater efficiency. 

1988: Antilock brakes offered for the first time. The Chevrolet Suburban hit the mainstream in the early 1980s, 
with the overall popularity of sport-utility vehicles. But while many customers were new to the Suburban then,
it had garnered a legion of longtime owners who had purchased multiple examples over the years using them to haul Little League teams 
and their equipment, tow a horse trailer or seat a work crew on the way to a job site. 

1990 Chevrolet Suburban

1990 Chevrolet Suburban.  A decade of change and, ultimately, prosperity opened in 1990, but it didn't get off to a strong start. The United States was mired in a recession and Generation X, the post-Boomer demographic entering the workforce, found little opportunity upon graduation. It was a year that saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, which sparked the first Gulf War.  After weathering the tumultuous Seventies and go-go Eighties, the Chevrolet Suburban entered the Nineties on the leading edge of the SUV phenomenon that would soon change the definition of the family car in America. Although a new Suburban was on the drawing boards (based on the redesigned Chevy C/K trucks that were introduced in 1988), it was based on long, 129.5-inch wheelbase platform that launched in 1973. It was a generation that brought fundamental changes to the Suburban, as a greater emphasis on comfort and more car-like driving characteristics in the half-ton models attracted more than just utility crews. More and more people were making the Suburban their personal vehicle, which could tow a horse trailer or camper on the weekends. The gentrification of the Suburban grew in 1987 with the introduction of electronically controlled fuel injection and a fuel-saving four-speed overdrive automatic transmission. Anti-lock brakes were offered in 1988. By 1990, the base inline-6 engine that had been a staple of the Suburban lineup was long gone. A 5.7-liter small-block V-8 was standard and the 7.4L big-block was available for those who needed the ultimate in towing capability. Like the Suburban, the small-block and big-block engines had long histories of service: The small-block debuted in 1955 and the big-block in 1965. The Chevrolet Suburban celebrated its 55th anniversary in 1990 the same year "The Simpsons" debuted.
1990 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN FACTS
Body style.............................................................................129.5inches
Engine....................................................................................350-cubic-inch (5.7L) V-8 
Horsepower...........................................................................210 at 4,400 rpm
Torque...................................................................................300 lb.-ft. at 3,200 rpm
Transmission...........................................................................Four-speed automatic
Curb weight (approx.).............................................................4,500 pounds (2WD half-ton)

THE BOTTOM LINE: 1990 INCOME AND PRICES (with 2010 inflation conversions) 
Chevrolet Suburban (base MSRP)...........................................$15,615 ($26,741)
Median household income........................................................$29,943 ($51,278)
Median house price..................................................................$92,000($157,552)
Cost of a gallon of regular gasoline............................................$1.15 ($1.97)
Cost of a loaf of bread.............................................................$0.55 ($0.94)
Cost of a movie ticket...............................................................$4.22($7.23)
Average Major League Baseball salary.....................................$589,483 ($1,009,502)