1988 was right in the era where Storm Automotive was being sensible with car designs.
The Storm Star was an example of someone having a bit of a laugh. While the engine’s base platform is 3 years old and was used in the Xenon, the Star overhauls the turbocharged beast with new technology. So what purpose was there in choosing a 3.4 liter V8 and fitting it to a ‘modern’ somewhat-sporty two-door droptop? Well, someone had it in mind to make a five-seater go quick, and decided a two-door convertible could be a family car if it wasn’t entirely a bore to drive.
So, naturally, it’d be chosen for this challenge by someone who had plans for a few other possible cars, but this one just happened to be jammed in one of the service elevators anyway, so it just made sense to use it. Apparently, someone just left it there when the elevator stopped working. Been sitting ever since.