Of course it snapped one night when I was coming home from work. Find this 1974 Chevrolet Vega wagon for sale in Exeter, NH for $5,000 via craigslist. I did kinda like them, though. Hmmmmm, lets see. I loved that car. Ed Cole, GM's executive vice-president of operating staffs, working on his own small-car project with corporate engineering and design staffs, presented the program to GM's president in 1967. I just bought a 1974 vega with 63,000 kms, it was a southern car brough tup to nova scotia 20 years ago and sat in a barn. One by one, panel vans and sedan deliverys started disappearing. The Woodgrain dash is … Get both manufacturer and user submitted pics. I had one. Things had changed since U.S. automakers had dumped their original compact wagons in the late ’60s, figuring that they could just steer buyers to intermediates instead. I used to call it the Vegamatic, and I guess the name made sense, because it really, really worked… It had almost 150,000 miles on it when I sold it, and it still burned very little oil– maybe a quart between oil changes- talk about un-Vega-like! Funny thing is that in Europe you can still get stuff like this, like an Opel Corsa with the rear windows blanked out and no rear seat. I drove it for a couple of years and probably sold it at about the right time when I received orders to Germany in spring of 1975. I bought a used 1974 Vega Estate wagon in 1977 for $1550 including two snow tires, which I never had to use. They contacted me but car was already sold. It is A fun car to drive and it is steel in grate shape. I paid it off in one year, working part-time at our local Heck’s department store. with Roof Rack! The Vega had been warehouse stored in Alabama nearly thirty years through 2002 by the previous owner. For minimal cost, they had a niche vehicle that would easily recoup its costs. We called it The Pickle. The photo was during a day trip to Seguin TX for an airshow. My experience with Vegas consists of having driven the ’73 fastback that my Dad bought arond 1980, for $200, as a go-to-work beater. Worked though. C $33.47. I had a Vega, and I don’t need to curse. engine in it. Nice. Inside of engine has not been touched since, in about 140,000 miles and is still going strong. Willys Jeep CJ2A Custom Hand Built Resto Mod Show Car, 1947 Willys Jeep CJ2A Flat Fender 4x4 All wheel drive 1946 Running Driving Jeep, 1973 Volvo P 1800 ES Hatchback Yellow RWD Manual P1800 ES, 1976 Volkswagen Beetle Karmann 44183 Miles Convertible Manual, 1975 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Maroon Convertible 1585cc 4 Cylinder 62248 Mi. Man would that thing haul butt. Engine was last rebuilt in 1992 with 10:1 pistons and mildly ported head so it is a little quicker than most. Although I did like the front clip of the ’76 probably the best as the front turn signals were behind the louvered grill which went from headlight bucket to headlight bucket for a clean look. The following parts fit a 1974 Chevrolet Vega Edit |Go to My Garage. The original engine did consumer oil, about a quart every other tank of gas, which was why I replaced the engine. Over the course of a few months things became so bad that the car went back to the dealer, never to be seen again. Yes there was, in Canada the Pontiac Astre (same line up with a sedan delivery too,) came out same year as the Vega, where we didn’t get it down here until like 1975. Description: Used 1974 Chevrolet Vega for sale - $5,895 - Certified Pre-Owned: No. Actually, any clean, running Vega is quite a find today! One drunken evening at the shop, et voila! To my mind, GM rarely did ‘pretty’ cars, a la ’56 Ford Fairlane, Mark 1 Scirocco, some of the ‘Forward Look’ Chryslers, etc. C. ClassicCars 30+ days ago. We took the pretty little dark green car on a road trip when it was brand new. Never a problem. Living in Massachusetts and having been four years old when the Vega Panel Express went out of production, I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen one in person. Great memories — I had a ’73 Kammback GT that I bought new. She was still driving it in ’85 when I lost touch. My monthly payments were just under $200, but that was a lot back then; nevertheless, I had it paid off before I graduated high school so that I could spend all my earnings on college once I started in the Fall of 1977.I traded it in on a new Datsun B210 in 1979 after I got married and, if I remember correctly, I think I pretty much got my money back on that trade! I believe it had a “low coolant” light as well as the oil light. I got $1150 for it as it was a nice clean one. He especially wanted a Panel Express, as he played in a band and it would have been a cool ride to haul his drum set to practice. Put an I6, V6, or modern I4 in that Vega! Great memories! It looked so much like a mini-Camaro to him, at least until the Federal bumpers were added in ’74. Also, in the wake of the 1973-74 energy crisis, some customers who might have previously bought a wagon the size of a Chrysler B-body were undoutedly looking to move down a notch in size. If the first Vega had been the 1975 car…well, like someone said, if your aunt had different equipment she’d be your uncle. A crappy Mustang followed, then when that was disposed of after graduation, I found another “creampuff” ’73 GT, again with factory air and a 4-speed manual. Sorry no trades an cash only in person. The car had about 220,000 miles on it when I offered it in trade towards a new Suzuki Samurai. IN. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. My parents had a chocolate brown metallic kammback ’76 Vega wagon in the late 70’s. It’s not too hard to imagine why GM did this. Done? A 74 green Vega Wagon. As for the Panel Express, sales kept trending downward. CarGurus User. 1971 Chevrolet Vega Wagon Drag Car Race CarIt's ready to race this weekend! But as it turns out, the Vega was the first of the many cracks that would start to show in the GM fortress. They’d taken over the payments on it from my middle sister who could not handle them and the Vega was ultimately the replacement after they gave her the ’72 Gold Duster that my Mom drove from ’76-78. Its a total badge job with a little divider in the grille. He presented the program to GM's president in 1967. 1974 saw 4,289 Panels, a slight improvement to 1972’s total, but after a mere 1,525 ’75s, the Panel was finally done. 4.4 (21) CarGurus User. But what do you expect for $750? I don’t know why they didn’t catch on up here in Canuckistan. They bought it used in 1978, either while they still had for a short time a Volvo 142 2 door or just after they got rid of the Volvo. Worst car I have ever owned. It was ugly, it smelled horrid, and provided me as a sixteen year old a great year of driving. Required fields are marked *. A set of BFG Radial TAs and some firmer shocks actually made it a decent handler, too. Now granted, I did not expose it to salt and mud, and it is undercoated, but I’ve come to the conclusion if these cars are not exposed to the worst conditions, they will not rust any faster than any other car. What a tragedy that it went so wrong. The second time did it in. The fuel pump went out on it, necessitating removal of the gas tank. It’s not the drums, it’s the stage monitor & etc. It's hard to find a Vega in this nice. 1974 Chevy V-8 Vega Wagon - $8500 (Union Beach) 1974 Vega wagon. It had very low miles (-40,000), factory A/C, 4-speed, and since it was in SoCal, not a bit of rust. The record got blown with my ’79 Monza wagon. The two flashed on and off like disco lights. I don’t know why they do that. No, I wouldn’t want it today, but it was a fine car for the time, at least in my case. V8, turbo trans.,Dana rear,roll cage. It actually served me well for a couple of years, even taking me to college and in my job that involved a lot of driving. Dealer. Stored in a Pole Barn for the last 30 years. That’s one I’d love to catch in the wild, but I haven’t seen a Pinto of any kind on the road in many a moon. I actually do cram my kit (and associated electronics) into my Sunfire for every gig, but man, my back sure doesn’t like it. I can see why Chevrolet decided to offer the car, though its sales potential was rather questionable. I finally ruined the engine and had it rebuilt with sleeved pistons. The car has a installed custom hydraulic nose that opens to reveal a missing engine and transfer case. Pre-Owned. Corporate management made the decisions to enter the small car market and to develop the car itself. Think I saw one or two on dealer lots when the Vega was news. You can see why it’s so popular to do, even mental midgets like ourselves were able to string the pieces together. Always liked the look of the Vega, especially the earlier ones. It was our first new car. Patina Original Green metallic Paint with matching Green Plaid Interior with one small separation on the driver's seat (see picture). with just ... View car. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon Kammback Rear Quarter Emblem 9885757 Badge Ornament Trim. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Wow! NEW 1970-75 Camaro Firebird Vega Impala Caprice Monza OER Metal Door Handles. Ray and Anne Davis in front of the Vega. Worst case of sun-faded red paint ever seen. $8,500.00 Call . It rusted in several places where the paint simply wore off. First car: 75 Vega GT Estate wagon. My father had a ’77 hatchback with automatic. Fortunately by that time GM had worked the bugs out of the Vega, and that Estate was a reliable car for them. Don’t even bother pulling out the dip stick. . Fun car to drive and I regretted having to sell it when I went overseas — until I started reading about the Vegas dropping like flies as engines quit. My one memory of it was it was very noisy, ringing and echoing like a can. Note that I said there would be no direct competition from GM and Ford. In 600,000+ miles between my 3 Vega’s I have found them to be wonderfully reliable, economical, good handling, simple cars plus I think they are great looking. It had been sitting at a gas station with a sign on it, and I was able to negotiate the sellers (a couple who had bought it for their son new, but he had moved away to a job after college) down to $900 from their asking price of $975. The other Vegas would continue through 1977. C $34.29. 5 bids. That’s because by ’76, GM put sleeves in the Vega’s aluminum block, offered a 40K warranty for the engine, but by then (in typical pre-bankruptcy GM fashion) was way too little way too late. I would have liked to have one…a low-buck drive-in sinmobile. 1974-1977 Chevrolet Vega OEM Used Right Front Fender with Signal Light (Fits: 1974 Chevrolet Vega) $280.99 For 71-77 Chevy Vega/75-76 Pontiac Astre SBC V8 Aluminum 3-Row Cooling Radiator (Fits: 1974 Chevrolet Vega) The panel wagon was popular site in Hot Rod magaziner with drag racers, and I think most ended up there. 1974 Chevrolet Vega You are bidding on a true survivor. Mar 12, 2020. Don Hardy kit car. From United States +C $32.27 shipping. It was at a repair shop, with a V8 conversion performed by the subsequent owner. Put about 50,000 miles on it running an insurance debit and paper route and 2 quarts of oil a week. Description for Chevrolet Vega 1974: 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. (Is there something Freudian going on here?). Trending at $71.49 +$8.90 shipping. 1974 Chevrolet Vega Pictures: See 33 pics for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. The biggest deal was the advanced-for-its time silicon cylinder coating, meant to eliminate more expensive cylinder liners. The evil empire had done it again. Decent speakers are heavy! I believe GM recently did the same thing with the HHR. I didn’t realize they were still making the Vega van in the slant-front years. I only had to run one light. The Vega story has been told many times (full story here), but it really was a shame that such a sharp looking car could have so many problems. Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. I remember hanging out in the back of that thing thinking it was one of the coolest vehicles I had ever been inside of. After replacing the “one gallon of oil every two weeks” original engine with a sleeved, GT-cammed and tuned headered 2300, coupled with the optional four-speed Saginaw manual, it was actually fairly (read that “fairly”) reliable, and had gobs of torque for what it was (would easily chirp the tires shifting to second). Dare I say that the last year of the Vega was more reliable than the Citation? 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon, Delivery, Hot Rod, Pro Street for sale - … I later discovered it had belonged to our next-door neighbor, a lovely couple I’d known all my life and had grown up playing in the empty field that separated our house from theirs. $5,895. Our very dry climate has kept it in its salvageable condition. Wow, that’s a nice find there, even if through the cohort. I had one in a ’69 Fairlaine I once owned. Also a very good car, although he traded it off for something Chevrolet and bigger a couple of years later. It was white and had a luggage rack on top. This car is a true survivor. This 1977 chevy vega wagon is probably the coolest car i have owned. Purchased in 2004 from a classified listing, the Vega was Ray’s answer to lifelong dreams of building a hot rod. (This is from the guy that took the front “bumper” off his 73 Midget so it looked more like a mini Cobra, don’t take it too seriously.). IINM, the Astre was introduced a couple of years earlier in Canada than in the U.S., and was essentially a clone of the Vega up to the point when the U.S. Astre version was introduced. Sometimes handsome, but not pretty. ’74 Vega: Painful to remember this no-power 4, buggy aluminum engine, badly constructed wagon. By the time we returned on Sunday night, after a few hundred miles of driving, the windshield wipers had stopped working (one actually disassembled and blew off during a driving rain), a door panel came loose, the radio was fading in an out, a quart of oil had to be added, and the engine was missing and sputtering. I had never seen a car rust that badly, not even a 69 Ford. No, I’m not being sarcastic. One of the reasons the Vega Panel Express is so rare today may be the legendary hotrodder’s SBC engine swap. A close friend in college received a new 1971 from her parents for her birthday. Even put the Monza turbine-style wheel covers on the front. The Vega was just so much better looking. I still think about blowing a wad of $$’s on an HHR SS anyway, that would be just that amount weirder, which suits me just fine. 1974 Vega GT Wagon. The resemblance is interesting, as I think the inspiration for Chrysler building the Volare/Aspen as a wagon was looking at the sales figures for subcompact wagons (where the wagon body style made a lot of sense in terms of maximimizing cargo space in vehicle with small exterior dimensions) and saying, “we don’t have a subcompact, but maybe the same thing would work one size class up, too”. My first car (at age 16) was a 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback. Your email address will not be published. One on-site article about hot-rodding with modern I4’s can be found here: https://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-american/curbside-classic-1959-edsel-eco-boost/. It was one of the best cars I’ve ever had. 5. To my eyes the wagon variants were always the best looking of the Vega/Pinto series, at least up to the era of Armco bumpers. It turns heads every time i drive it. You can own this classic for only $1,750.00 ... Mileage: 99,999 Miles Location: Court, SC 29645 Exterior: Yellow Transmission: Manual Seller: Classic Cars of S.C. Inc. Gray Court SC That never happened, however, as his first car wound up being a plain-Jane ’71 Mustang fastback that was equipped like a Maverick. @84gts…those inline coolant heaters were great! One day got tired of the oil and dropped a junkyard 327 in front of a turbo 400 tranny. I have no doubt that more than a few Panel Expresses gave their little lives in pursuit of a low quarter mile time. Only five years old, but it had already been repainted: red over the original yellow. When the HHR Panel was released, I immediately thought of this Vega Panel. Yeah, it was starting to use oil at the time I traded it in – on a ’76 Monza GT. A few more miles (about 70K IIRC), and a much better color, silver instead of the previous car’s school bus yellow. And yes, I think a lot of us bought them because they did kind of look like a “baby Camaro.”. Ed Cole, GM's executive vice-president of operating staffs was working on his own small-car project using the corporate engineering and design staffs. I bought a new Chevy Vega panel delivery in 1971 and drove the living hell out of it and had zero problems. Never really had an issue with it, other than a starter going out – the only time the car really “failed” on me. Hi, I on A 74 Panel express. It seems like this was Chevy’s response to the fuel shortage scare. We owned four “gen 1” Vegas (flat face grill) – two Kammbacks (’72 and ’73), a ’71 notchback (my first car) and a ’72 hatchback bought for parts. Top Rated Seller. The Vega is unmistakably ‘pretty’ however. Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic. Learn how your comment data is processed. When the corporation started seriously talking about a U.S. built mini-car, Cole's version was chosen with the proposals from Chevy an… It became even more pronounced once the two door station wagons they were based on were discontinued. All the Chevy/GM stuff generally bolts together pretty easily. Very rare cars here Vegas were not sold new in NZ but we did have the stripped van versions of Vivas and of course the Holden Falcon Valiant panel vans could be obtained though they are high roofed. It was fun to drive but with 24,000 miles, it burned a quart of oil every 150 miles. When did you last see another one for sale? I’ve never seen the panel express version. The factory color was “Chamois” while my dad called the color an unprintable name referring to the contents of the diaper of a mild-fed baby. Had to put Corvair wagon rear coil srings and Doug Thorley headers up front. My favorite one is the one a friend of mine and his brothers converted into a drag car. Pre-Owned. Even at 40+ years old I still think the Vega compares well in its core purpose to most of its modern counterparts and does not look like a generic jelly bean like most of them. The running french gag for those gm product was simply to call them dÃ©gat ( damage ) and dÃ©sastre ( disaster ) . . Where I grew up, the tinwork thrived; and the Vega had a notably short lifespan. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions worked separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. Oh, how I wished I could have bought it directly from them instead of paying what seemed like it must have been an exorbitant dealer markup at that time! In spring, moved the wide GT fronts to the rear and bought some regular Vega rims and tires from the junkyard for the front for that big ‘n’ little cool look. While 42,800 Kammbacks were produced in ’71, only 8,700 Panel Expresses were made. Pre-Owned. I knew a huge number of people who had them back in the day. This was a 3 am so it wasn’t that hard. As the Vega’s troubles became more common knowledge, sales went down accordingly, but in 1972 things still looked good –Â at least for the other three Vega models. 1974 Chevrolet Vega 49601, Wexford County, MI . Where can I find a good front clip for a 1971 or 1972 vega 2 Answers. go to http://www.motortopia.com/vegavairbob to see my other two Vegas. Instant heat when starting up in the AM. If you have owned one, let me pause for a moment so you can finish cursing. I may sale it some day,but like some of you had sade I may regaet letting it go. It only depreciated $400 in two years. Some years after I’d sold it, I was offered a chance to buy it on a lien sale (not sure how that worked, but the DMV at the time would find prior owners to see if they were interested). Vega sales were initially quite brisk, as many folks were attracted to its good looks and thrift on fuel. I eventually replaced the engine with a sleeved block (those were readily available in the early ’80s, as lots of Vegas were still prowling the roads), tweaked the engine a bit with a header, Offy manifold and Holley 4-bbl, plus some kind of slightly hotter cam from IECO. All they had to do was take a wagon, blank out the rear quarter windows, remove the back seat, and voila! It was just the mechanics. After eight years of exposure to daily morning moisture, rain and northeast winters on Long Island, my 1971 Vega Panel Ezpress has no rust. https://classics.autotrader.com/.../chevrolet-vega-for-sale As one might imagine, it consumed boatloads of oil, but otherwise ran and handled OK and was mostly rust-free, a true rarity for an older car in western PA. My main knock on it was that it was yellow: not just yellow, but an especially bilious pale yellow that GM seemed fond of at the time. I’ve fantasized about a Kammback with a blown 3.8 from an Ultra or Bonnie mated to a built 200r4 in one often. This prestigious accolade represents the continued growth of the company, and ClassicCars.com's dominance as the world's largest online marketplace for buying and selling classic and collector vehicles. Second, most little trucklets like this would eventually be worked to death. Three years later she was offered 500 on a trade for a new car. Beautiful car, Deloran should have been proud. It got hit twice. However, when he met my Aunt Lori at the University of Iowa in the late Seventies, she was driving a ’75 or ’76 Vega Estate, so in a way, he did eventually get a Kammback. I bought the car in the winter. Unfortunately, the car was totaled about a month after I bought it when I got rear-ended. Feb 10, 2020. The garage installed an in-line coolant heater. It has a 4 core radiator to cope with AC and Texas heat. Thanks for the writeup. In San Diego, the US Post Office had a fleet of Vega panels, I had briefly entertained buying a retired one and putting an aluminum Buick 215 c.i. My theory explains why only thousands of sets of fenders were replaced by Chevrolet (under warranty) instead of a million, or more. It has some minor rust spots but everything is good as a whole. This car is a true survivor. They ran the whole gamut from total junk, to ones that ran 100K miles with few, if any issues. I am amazed anyone has anything good to say about the early Vegas. . It’s just what GM always does, first they release crap, then they fix it and then they kill it for something ‘better’. This car is still used for commuting every day in Houston and gets close to 30 MPG doing it. If these two things are neglected then yes they are very fragile. Auto. John DeLorean describes this debacle in detail in his book “On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors.” Paul’s previous Vega-Logues do describe in detail a dung-ball designed by GM’s Central Committee and forced upon DeLorean and Chevrolet division . The always-helpful site Old Car Brochures has 1973 and ’74 Astre brochures, and both show Panel Express versions: http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/Canada/1973%20Pontiac%20Astre%20Brochure/1973%20Pontiac%20Astre-08-09.html, http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/Canada/1974%20Pontiac%20Astre%20Brochure/1974%20Pontiac%20Astre-08.html. While the ready-made kits would get the V8 into any Vega, the Panel Express was the preferred version because of the lack of a rear seat, as well as, ironically, ‘increased’ rear-biased vehicle weight which would help traction somewhat (something that was really needed when a high-horsepower engine was stuffed into a small, lightweight car). GM chose Cole's version over proposals from Chevrolet and Pontiac, and gave the car to Chevrolet to sell. Looks and runs beautifully. It had that really nice fat GT steering wheel, but the wheel was off centre so the spokes were up and down instead of left and right. Time left 4d 3h left. Then, in 1971, GM decided to offer a panel version of its attractive Kammback station wagon. Too much to list. 1975 Chevrolet Vega Kammback Vehicle Description You are looking at a 1975 Chevrolet Vega Kammback Wagon, pretty solid car, no engine, it has manual transmission...Make a great little race-car! V8 Vega. The “secret” with any Vega is to put in an adequate radiator so it NEVER overheats and keep the oil in good shape. Deals & Savings. This was my experience with a 74 panel wagon somewhere in the middle 80’s. Nobody got hurt, but the car was done for. It rusted in several places where the paint simply wore off. I’d have to do some sort of a split bumper like the 70 Z28 with an early model though. From United States Customs services and international tracking provided. They were really a ‘body’ to sell to racers for Vega’s image. The most effective change Chevrolet made to the Vega was to reskin it and call it Monza. When the Vega came out in 1971, there were four models. Stayed in 2nd mostly until I got on the freeway and speed matched shifting until I got home. It still has the 140 cu in 4 cyl with 3 speed manual transmission. And more, not less bling. Toward the end of my 1974 Vegas life I didn’t pull the oil dipstick either. 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