Weekly Treasure: 1991 GMC Syclone

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This one model year gem can be yours.

Believe it or not, the GMC Syclone was once the fastest stock pickup truck on sale. This was back in 1991 when it achieved a 0-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint in 13.4 seconds at 98 mph. Those are still respectable figures today. The Syclone was special and was made even more so by GMC's decision to make it a one model year only vehicle.

Based on the old Sonoma, the ancestor to today's GMC Canyon, the Syclone quickly became an enthusiast's favorite for very obvious reasons. Available only in black, just 2,995 examples were built, all powered by a 4.3-liter turbocharged V6 producing 280 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque with that power being routed to all four wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission.

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However, it came equipped with a BorgWarner AWD transfer case which splits torque 35 percent to the front wheels and 65 percent to the rear. Other upgraded features include a unique body kit featuring a revised front bumper with integrated fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, and red graphics.

The interior is mostly all Sonoma, with the exceptions of a center console housing a leather-wrapped gear shifter, a two-spoke steering wheel, a 120 mph speedometer, tachometer with a 5,200 rpm redline, boost gauge, and even a combination gauge showing fuel level, oil pressure, and coolant temperature. The Syclone was a true high-performance small-midsize-ish pickup truck today's market currently lacks.

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Not surprisingly, the GMC Syclone remains a highly sought after collector's item, and this one up for sale on Bring A Trailer will surely find a new home. It has only 13,000 miles on the clock and appears to be in overall very good condition considering its advancing age. It comes with a snap-on tonneau bed cover and a clean CarFax report. As of this writing, the highest bid had already reached $25,000 and there are still several days left until the no reserve auction ends.

The year following the Syclone's discontinuation, the GMC Typhoon arrived, which was based on the Jimny SUV and had the same engine and gearbox combo as its truck sibling. Because it was built for more than one model year, there were 1,700 more examples built, thus making the Syclone the rarer find.

We wouldn't at all be surprised to see this fine example ultimately sell for over $50,000 by the time the auction ends.

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