5 bids. I had substantially lightened the car, so it was a pretty decent setup – still handled well, but would really scoot. This car is a true survivor. By the early Sixties, the Falcon was about the only car-based delivery vehicle left, and it quickly left the scene. I have to laugh, every time I see some car like this I think: Hmmm, my drum kit should fit just fine in there. 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/. Why, gold shag, of course! One drunken evening at the shop, et voila! Had to put Corvair wagon rear coil srings and Doug Thorley headers up front. When the corporation started seriously talking about a U.S. built mini-car, Cole's version was chosen with the proposals from Chevy an… MotorMax 1:24 1974 Chevy Vega Metallic Green Street Racing Sweet Cherries. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions were working separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. No, I’m not being sarcastic. I am amazed anyone has anything good to say about the early Vegas. 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. As for the Panel Express, I had forgotten that these ever existed. I had also driven the GT which was quieter and more fun. And more, not less bling. 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. 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”. We had a few laughs over that. She was still driving it in ’85 when I lost touch. 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. Not coincidentally, pickups were getting much more comfortable and car-like at that time. It is A fun car to drive and it is steel in grate shape. Put the Cobalt SS motor in it, the car will weigh less and will have nice handling qualities, also, putting the Cobalt SS motor would be more original than an SBC. She told the salesman he may as well cut her throat. Where I grew up, the tinwork thrived; and the Vega had a notably short lifespan. 4.4 (21) CarGurus User. That one put me off Chevrolet for about twenty years. $8,500.00 Call . All the Chevy/GM stuff generally bolts together pretty easily. 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! Don’t even bother pulling out the dip stick. 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. 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. It was just the mechanics. It became even more pronounced once the two door station wagons they were based on were discontinued. Don Hardy kit car. As you might expect, sales did not exactly take off. That little thing got me through college though, commuting over some ferocious WV mountains and never leaving me stranded once! Purchased in 2004 from a classified listing, the Vega was Ray’s answer to lifelong dreams of building a hot rod. Three were expected: two door sedan, a hatchback and a wagon. A 74 green Vega Wagon. They removed a section of rad hose and installed the in-line heater in between the new shorter sections. Feb 24, 2018 - 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA KAMMBACK GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. Worked though. Has been inside on lift for last 10 years. Wow, that’s a nice find there, even if through the cohort. This was a 3 am so it wasn’t that hard. Funny. When the Vega came out (I was about 12) I figured that the Pinto would never have a chance. Exterior is nice only one minor rust spot that I'm aware of and it's just surface rust. The GT package had an upgraded interior with a full instrument panel instead of lights (including tach), four-on-the-floor with a nice little console, a smaller four-spoke steering wheel, and a little bit better suspension. Auto. 1974 Chevrolet Vega-Shopping & Pricing. I’d have to do some sort of a split bumper like the 70 Z28 with an early model though. Great memories — I had a ’73 Kammback GT that I bought new. The Vega was produced in hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles. I haven’t seen a Vega Panel in thirty years, for sure. I roared past a lot of walkers. Stayed in 2nd mostly until I got on the freeway and speed matched shifting until I got home. I remember hanging out in the back of that thing thinking it was one of the coolest vehicles I had ever been inside of. 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. Sorry, not cursing. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. NEW 1970-75 Camaro Firebird Vega Impala Caprice Monza OER Metal Door Handles. My parents had a chocolate brown metallic kammback ’76 Vega wagon in the late 70’s. ’74 Vega: Painful to remember this no-power 4, buggy aluminum engine, badly constructed wagon. 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. 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. 1974 Chevy V-8 Vega Wagon - $8500 (Union Beach) 1974 Vega wagon. And yes, I think a lot of us bought them because they did kind of look like a “baby Camaro.”. The record got blown with my ’79 Monza wagon. Sorry no trades an cash only in person. I would have liked to have one…a low-buck drive-in sinmobile. I only had to run one light. I can see why Chevrolet decided to offer the car, though its sales potential was rather questionable. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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. Too much to list. The garage installed an in-line coolant heater. Maybe the fact that these were so horrifically fragile worked in its favor. Even after three seasons of SCCA B-sedan autocross. It was ugly, it smelled horrid, and provided me as a sixteen year old a great year of driving. It only depreciated $400 in two years. It’s just what GM always does, first they release crap, then they fix it and then they kill it for something ‘better’. But before long, all sorts of issues caught up with those initially happy owners. One by one, panel vans and sedan deliverys started disappearing. (Is there something Freudian going on here?). I didn’t realize they were still making the Vega van in the slant-front years. 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It’s still one of my favorites of all time…, “Fortunately by that time [1975 or 1976] GM had worked the bugs out of the Vega…”. Over the course of a few months things became so bad that the car went back to the dealer, never to be seen again. Ray and Anne Davis in front of the Vega. Worst case of sun-faded red paint ever seen. I was gunna put a cobalt ss supercharged motor in it, but i have everything for a v8 swap. 1974 saw 4,289 Panels, a slight improvement to 1972’s total, but after a mere 1,525 ’75s, the Panel was finally done. Decent speakers are heavy! Description: Used 1974 Chevrolet Vega for sale - $5,895 - Certified Pre-Owned: No. It is glossy black and has a roll cage 2 seats, seat belts, 350 chevy motor with nitros. AMT 1974 CHEVY VEGA PANEL WAGON FUNNY CAR 1/25 UNBUILT MODEL CAR KIT! It's hard to find a Vega this … Top Rated Seller Top Rated Seller +C $35.57 shipping. It seems like this was Chevy’s response to the fuel shortage scare. Id buy one of these though in hindsight not. If you have owned one, let me pause for a moment so you can finish cursing. Wow! When the HHR Panel was released, I immediately thought of this Vega Panel. He presented the program to GM's president in 1967. It was at a repair shop, with a V8 conversion performed by the subsequent owner. 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. Find this 1974 Chevrolet Vega wagon for sale in Exeter, NH for $5,000 via craigslist. I don’t possess that luxury, only a 1-car garage. Had snow tires on the back. The car had about 220,000 miles on it when I offered it in trade towards a new Suzuki Samurai. I haven't had time to get into it and find the problem but i think it is carb related. I had a ’73 GT coupe that I bought in my senior year of high school (1979) for $1200. I was still young enough in the early 1980s to think that way. I’ve never seen the panel express version. But back to the sedan delivery, or Panel Express, as Chevrolet called it…. I had one in a ’69 Fairlaine I once owned. Always liked the look of the Vega, especially the earlier ones. C $17.40. Old, rare, muscle cars, street rods auctions, 1974 Vega GT Wagon....Kammback....."Real Deal", 1971 Chevy Vega Kammback Wagon LS3 LS powered Sleeper 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976, 1978 Chevrolet Monza (Vega) Kammback Wagon, 1973 Chevrolet Vega kammback wagon pro street, Rust Free 1977 Chevrolet Vega Kammback Wagon V8 Ready, 1935 Willys 77 Sedan Brown RWD Manual Barn Find Original Survivor Hotrod Gasser, 1951 Willys M38 Jeep, Frame up restoration, original 1942 MB Willys Jeep, gun mount, pedestal, pioneer kit, Blown Alcohol Fueled 426ci HEMI/Copy of Orig Red Baron/Lightened Comp Interior, Massive Price Reduction!!! In the early eighties, I had a Pinto wagon; the last couple of years the Pinto had a Cruisin’ Van option that basically did the same thing. First, it is a Vega. Fortunately by that time GM had worked the bugs out of the Vega, and that Estate was a reliable car for them. Real Deal! Still looked good though. They had a left over 350 (IIRC) from one of their dirt track cars, and had a toasted Vega given in trade for work on another vehicle. . Dare I say that the last year of the Vega was more reliable than the Citation? 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 Vega was just so much better looking. My one memory of it was it was very noisy, ringing and echoing like a can. Bought the older style emblem for the back hatch because the Chevrolet script was cooler. 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. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon Kammback Rear Quarter Emblem 9885757 Badge Ornament Trim. 1971 - 1977 Chevrolet Vega Wagon RH Passengers Taillight Bezel Astre #2. I have no doubt that more than a few Panel Expresses gave their little lives in pursuit of a low quarter mile time. I paid it off in one year, working part-time at our local Heck’s department store. A 1974 Vega two door wagon body has been installed onto a Jeep CJ5 frame. It's hard to find a Vega in this nice. A 1971 Vega was my second car. Top Rated Seller. No block heater. Corporate management made the decisions to enter the small car market and to develop the car itself. 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