Truck Thursday: Is it too much for this GMC Typhoon?


The information posted in this Craigslist sale is minimal. In fact, it’s just one unpunctuated line of text that reads: 
“139kmiles 92 gmc typhoon runs strong new transmission in excellent condition”
This would be a rare machine, as GMC only built around 500 or so Apple Red GMC Typhoons. The most common color you’ll find is Black on Black while the rarest seems to be Radar Blue.
That new transmission “described” above should be a 4L60 four-speed and it should be feeding power to the 280 horsepower 4.3-liter V6. The hood is odd looking, as that’s not a stock unit, the wheels are different too. But the rest of the truck appears correct.
Clean, low mileage examples are being offered for sale between $25,000 and well into the $30,000 range. So do you think this 139,000 miles Type Hoon should fetch the $12,500 the owner believes it’s worth?
It feels like a lot of dough… but that’s one rare machine.
[Source: Craigslist]

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13 responses to “Truck Thursday: Is it too much for this GMC Typhoon?”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    Yeah, well, some people think a Formula SAE car is worth twelve grand, too:
    https://images.craigslist.org/00Y0Y_8XFa2q0wEUM_600x450.jpg
    https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/d/2010-formula-sae-fsae-racecar/6634636485.html
    As the owner of a Formula SAE car I have my doub… that is, I wholeheartedly endorse this assessment. This modest, low-end assessment. Undervalued if anything, really.

    1.  Avatar
      1. mdharrell Avatar

        If I take into account the proportion of down time then I have grossly overpaid for every vehicle I’ve ever owned.
        And likely will continue to do so for every vehicle I ever will own.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Can I fit in one of these and can I use it at my local track day?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Almost certainly not and almost certainly not. Interested?

        1. Vairship Avatar
          Vairship

          Can you commute in one legally in the grand State of Washington?

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            I’d already be doing so if I could.

  2. smalleyxb122 Avatar
    smalleyxb122

    The miles and already-not-original parts make this a Typhoon that you could actually drive without hesitation. It’s priced about right for usable headturning rarity.

  3. Jeff Glucker Avatar
    Jeff Glucker

    Good catch

  4. outback_ute Avatar
    outback_ute

    Needs an inspection by someone who knows these things well. Other than the Syclone, there isn’t anything really comparable other than a JGC SRT is there?

    1. Maymar Avatar
      Maymar

      There was the Trailblazer SS (and Saab equivalent), which should be pretty much a dead heat with the Typhoon in a straight line (and also trades the whoosing Darth Vader soundtrack for actual utility and a thumpin’ V8). Beyond that (and the F-150 Lighting/Ram SRT-10 if you want to cast a wider net), you’re pretty much into Cayenne Turbo/X5 M/ML AMG territory.

      1. outback_ute Avatar
        outback_ute

        And adjusted for technology marching on only the hairiest of the latter would come close to matching Ferrari’s. 0-60 only of course!

  5. neight428 Avatar
    neight428

    These things were so cool at the time. So of course GM just made a few thousand and then killed them off. Ugh. The value now seems to be in the rarity though. They’re old enough that they are going to need work, all the more so with a cheap one, I would assume. If you’re going that route and don’t care about collector’s items, you find a regular one and swap in a V8.