For minimal cost, they had a niche vehicle that would easily recoup its costs. First car: 75 Vega GT Estate wagon. 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. Done? Another selling point for building a wagon that size was that there would be no direct competition from GM and Ford. It is A fun car to drive and it is steel in grate shape. 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. I don’t know why they didn’t catch on up here in Canuckistan. 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. Bought the older style emblem for the back hatch because the Chevrolet script was cooler. My first car (at age 16) was a 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback. While 42,800 Kammbacks were produced in ’71, only 8,700 Panel Expresses were made. All Rights Reserved. It was fun to drive but with 24,000 miles, it burned a quart of oil every 150 miles. 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. 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. 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. Man would that thing haul butt. I finally ruined the engine and had it rebuilt with sleeved pistons. I bought a used 1974 Vega Estate wagon in 1977 for $1550 including two snow tires, which I never had to use. Never a problem. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon Kammback Rear Quarter Emblem 9885757 Badge Ornament Trim. 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. I’ve fantasized about a Kammback with a blown 3.8 from an Ultra or Bonnie mated to a built 200r4 in one often. I think you could have gotten a Vega Panel with out a passenger seat too, one of these with no radio, air or passenger seat and a 3 speed manual has to be in the running for most miserable s***box in history. Beautiful car, Deloran should have been proud. It was in great shape, but I liked to joke that it used more oil than it did gasoline. Circulated the coolant as well as heating it. I would have liked to have one…a low-buck drive-in sinmobile. She told the salesman he may as well cut her throat. Professionally built 357 CU. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Auto. The original engine did consumer oil, about a quart every other tank of gas, which was why I replaced the engine. Not coincidentally, pickups were getting much more comfortable and car-like at that time. A 1974 Vega two door wagon body has been installed onto a Jeep CJ5 frame. 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. 1971 - 1977 Chevrolet Vega Wagon RH Passengers Taillight Bezel Astre #2. go to http://www.motortopia.com/vegavairbob to see my other two Vegas. My parents had a chocolate brown metallic kammback ’76 Vega wagon in the late 70’s. Feb 24, 2018 - 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA KAMMBACK GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. If I didn’t already have two projects…I’d be looking out west for one to re-do…and a wrecked Solstice/Sky to donate its Ecotec drive train. I had driven several Vegas in the early 70s including the panel express. One of the reasons the Vega Panel Express is so rare today may be the legendary hotrodder’s SBC engine swap. While a total of 395,792 Vegas were built for ’73, no model breakouts are available, but it’s safe to say somewhere between 3-5,000 came off the line. But before long, all sorts of issues caught up with those initially happy owners. You can see why it’s so popular to do, even mental midgets like ourselves were able to string the pieces together. CarGurus User. Decent speakers are heavy! Pre-Owned. And yes, I think a lot of us bought them because they did kind of look like a “baby Camaro.”. All the Chevy/GM stuff generally bolts together pretty easily. I think I may have seen a panel in my way back past but have been aware of their existence for decades. It had very low miles (-40,000), factory A/C, 4-speed, and since it was in SoCal, not a bit of rust. 5 bids. Still looked good though. This car is a true survivor. 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. Dealer. The second time did it in. The Vega was produced in hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles. This was a 3 am so it wasn’t that hard. I didn’t realize they were still making the Vega van in the slant-front years. As the Vega’s troubles became more common knowledge, sales went down accordingly, but in 1972 things still looked good –  at least for the other three Vega models. It became even more pronounced once the two door station wagons they were based on were discontinued. All they had to do was take a wagon, blank out the rear quarter windows, remove the back seat, and voila! I am amazed anyone has anything good to say about the early Vegas. 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. When the corporation started seriously talking about a U.S. built mini-car, Cole's version was chosen with the proposals from Chevy an… Astre stuck around through the ’77 model year; by then, it was using the OHV Pontiac Iron Duke four. Didn’t know they actually referred to it as a truck. Top Rated Seller. Its a total badge job with a little divider in the grille. @84gts…those inline coolant heaters were great! By the early Sixties, the Falcon was about the only car-based delivery vehicle left, and it quickly left the scene. 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. 1974 Chevrolet Vega Pictures: See 33 pics for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. Original 4-cyl. Sorry no trades an cash only in person. 1974 - 77 Vega Wagon Weatherstrip KIT (liftgate seal on body) (Standard - for Vegas with NO chrome exterior beltline moldings on the doors) This weatherstripping kit contains the right and left door seals, liftgate seal, right and left door window channels, window felt … And even thow the engine is shot I steel like it. Even after three seasons of SCCA B-sedan autocross. This was my experience with a 74 panel wagon somewhere in the middle 80’s. We drove that car for 5 more years and got 500 trade in on a new Datsun. Sorry, not cursing. AMT 1974 CHEVY VEGA PANEL WAGON FUNNY CAR 1/25 UNBUILT MODEL CAR KIT! The running french gag for those gm product was simply to call them dégat ( damage ) and désastre ( disaster ) . I loved that car, and it saw me through some lean years– might still have it if it wasn’t for the sheer dullness factor of the automatic transmission and the tired, panting squirrel under the hood. Nothing was cooler than to see the HHR Panel SS that showed up at Berger Chevy in Grand Rapids, Michigan a couple of years back. 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 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. 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. It got hit twice. Ran like a top. Where can I find a good front clip for a 1971 or 1972 vega 2 Answers. I paid $1775.00 out the door and sold it with 30,000 miles on the odometer. I drove it for two years and sold it to a Chevy dealer mechanic who said he knew exactly what to do to fix the oil burning (new valve seals). Worst case of sun-faded red paint ever seen. 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. Ray and Anne Davis in front of the Vega. He presented the program to GM's president in 1967. I haven’t seen a Vega Panel in thirty years, for sure. It only depreciated $400 in two years. Okay. 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. Unfortunately, the car was totaled about a month after I bought it when I got rear-ended. I have no doubt that more than a few Panel Expresses gave their little lives in pursuit of a low quarter mile time. The Vega was just so much better looking. 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. Other than around the front and rear glass lower trim (which was a water trap area), rust was never really a problem on this Georgia car. 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. With the bumper in place on the pre 75s it looks like it’s wearing Orthodontic Headgear. But back to the sedan delivery, or Panel Express, as Chevrolet called it…. Feb 10, 2020. As for the Panel Express, sales kept trending downward. 2020 Topclassiccarsforsale.com - Classic cars for sale. I;ve always been a Vega fan. But the fourth was a little different. That little thing got me through college though, commuting over some ferocious WV mountains and never leaving me stranded once! Never seen one before or since. A limited-production model, the Cosworth Vega… 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. I can see why Chevrolet decided to offer the car, though its sales potential was rather questionable. 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/. The panel wagon was popular site in Hot Rod magaziner with drag racers, and I think most ended up there. A set of BFG Radial TAs and some firmer shocks actually made it a decent handler, too. The record got blown with my ’79 Monza wagon. 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. with Roof Rack! One by one, panel vans and sedan deliverys started disappearing. I actually ventured over to the shop just to see it, but the current owner had come in and settled up with the place and got his car back. Nobody got hurt, but the car was done for. It was just the mechanics. 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From United States Customs services and international tracking provided. 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. While 1971 saw production of 274,699, 1972 saw sales go up by over 100,000, to 394,592. This 1977 chevy vega wagon is probably the coolest car i have owned. I may sale it some day,but like some of you had sade I may regaet letting it go. It was ugly, it smelled horrid, and provided me as a sixteen year old a great year of driving. Wow, that’s a nice find there, even if through the cohort. V8, turbo trans.,Dana rear,roll cage. WRT to crappy Vegas: Growing up in the shadow of Lordstown, it was the official unofficial car of the Mahoning Valley. Please note: We did NOT construct the car while intoxicated, we just brainstormed at how “easy” it would be to construct. My favorite one is the one a friend of mine and his brothers converted into a drag car. I only had to run one light. A 1971 Vega was my second car. I believe it had a “low coolant” light as well as the oil light. All of them I was familiar with suffered from a premature demise. The Chevrolet Vega is a subcompact, two-door automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1971-1977 model years.Named after the star Vega, the car was powered by a lightweight aluminum-block inline four-cylinder engine.. It was much better, but it didn’t last me through college. When the Vega came out in 1971, there were four models. Pre-Owned. C. ClassicCars 30+ days ago. I haven't had time to get into it and find the problem but i think it is carb related. The evil empire had done it again. Had my engine sleeved, added Accel parts, had front and rear swaybars with Konis, Hurst shifter, added instrumentation — woo hoo!! Looks and runs beautifully. C $34.29. https://classics.autotrader.com/.../chevrolet-vega-for-sale I have a 1974 Chevy Vega Station wagon. ’74 Vega: Painful to remember this no-power 4, buggy aluminum engine, badly constructed wagon. It’s not too hard to imagine why GM did this. It seems like this was Chevy’s response to the fuel shortage scare. Worked though. 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. It lasted at least a couple of years before succumbing to some sort of terminal mechanical fault. It’s not the drums, it’s the stage monitor & etc. If I had other traffic I couldn’t have done it. The car had about 220,000 miles on it when I offered it in trade towards a new Suzuki Samurai. 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! It has a 4 core radiator to cope with AC and Texas heat. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions were working separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. This car is a true survivor. I was reminded of all this after seeing this very clean ’74 or ’75 Panel Express on the Cohort, captured by frequent Cohort contributor, ggh06. Our very dry climate has kept it in its salvageable condition. A 74 green Vega Wagon. MotorMax 1:24 1974 Chevy Vega Metallic Green Street Racing Sweet Cherries. From United States +C $32.27 shipping. ClassicCars.com has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States, successfully making the Inc. 5000 list in both 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. AMC had already introduced a Hornet wagon early in that model’s run. Note that I said there would be no direct competition from GM and Ford. A 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT Gets an Overhaul July 9, 2014 Gary Rosier Classic Cars, Hot Rods 0. Loaded, including automatic and A/C. I had never seen a car rust that badly, not even a 69 Ford. 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! 1971 Chevrolet Vega Wagon Drag Car Race CarIt's ready to race this weekend! No block heater. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon, Delivery, Hot Rod, Pro Street for sale - … The panel version seemed an odd choice for the Seventies. Dare I say that the last year of the Vega was more reliable than the Citation? Just kept adding oil. I eventually did something along the lines of what you describe with my notch, only it was a normally aspirated Buick 3.8 (despite the turbo logo on the fenders) coupled to a THM350. IN. 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. Get both manufacturer and user submitted pics. Then, in 1971, GM decided to offer a panel version of its attractive Kammback station wagon. This was in 1975, and I bought it used for $2,100 from a local dealer. I believe GM recently did the same thing with the HHR. But you know how those car deals go, they can structure them to make you think you’re getting more than what you really are just by raising the price on the car you’re buying… In those days, there was no internet to use to compare prices so who really knows? Room for the dogs, gas mileage and an attractive package to boot. I’d have to do some sort of a split bumper like the 70 Z28 with an early model though. Well, ’till the salesperson kicked me out. If the first Vega had been the 1975 car…well, like someone said, if your aunt had different equipment she’d be your uncle. The rear windows were blanked out, only the Pinto used a fiberglass panel instead of a metal panel filler. . This car is still used for commuting every day in Houston and gets close to 30 MPG doing it. Where I grew up, the tinwork thrived; and the Vega had a notably short lifespan. I loved that car. Why, gold shag, of course! GM’s fortress began cracking quite a bit long before the Vega hit the scene. It is amazing that one of these has survived in this condition. Pre-Owned. That is my Elkhart green 74 Panel wagon in the photo. As you might expect, sales did not exactly take off. 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. Wow! I had effectively rebuilt every major (and most minor) system in the car by that time. When the oil pressure light flickered going around a corner I just poured in 2 quarts and was good for 500 more miles. I roared past a lot of walkers. Your email address will not be published. I did kinda like them, though. Worst car I have ever owned. I have fond memories of that car and would have loved to have gotten the GT wagon instead, remove the rear windows, add bubble windows instead (ala Ford Pinto) and graft on the ’76 Monza front end and its V8 and get true turbo styled mags to go along with and perhaps keep it that metallic brown or some other fun color and drive that instead. After eight years of exposure to daily morning moisture, rain and northeast winters on Long Island, my 1971 Vega Panel Ezpress has no rust. The photo was during a day trip to Seguin TX for an airshow. I was still young enough in the early 1980s to think that way. Unfortunately the technology had not yet been perfected and it spelled trouble for Vega owners. Toward the end of my 1974 Vegas life I didn’t pull the oil dipstick either. That made it one of the best used car buys I ever made, though I cannot say it was exactly trouble free motoring. Regardless, that Vega is a fond memory for me! Had to put Corvair wagon rear coil srings and Doug Thorley headers up front. Always liked the look of the Vega, especially the earlier ones. Deals & Savings. I wish there was some way I could’ve kept my black ’72 Kammback and stuck another engine in it…but there was already structural rust issues and the car was only four years old. 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…”. I had one. 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). First, it is a Vega. It’s just what GM always does, first they release crap, then they fix it and then they kill it for something ‘better’. Required fields are marked *. $68.00. When the Vega came out (I was about 12) I figured that the Pinto would never have a chance. What color? 1974 Chevrolet Vega Grumpy's Toy XI Pro Stock Sold for USD$220,000 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee : 1974 Chevrolet Vega Kammback Wagon Sold for USD$2,400 2015 Leake Auction - Tulsa, OK : 1974 Chevrolet Vega Two Door Sold for USD$7,500 2013 Leake Auction - Oklahoma City, OK It was one of the best cars I’ve ever had. Id buy one of these though in hindsight not. Will you ever sell your vaunted and famed Millionth Edition ’73 Vega? Of course it snapped one night when I was coming home from work. I had substantially lightened the car, so it was a pretty decent setup – still handled well, but would really scoot. Sounded like a diesel engine when we took it to trade. Back to the winter. Stayed in 2nd mostly until I got on the freeway and speed matched shifting until I got home. Description for Chevrolet Vega 1974: 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. V8 Vega. Until looking at the last photo, I had never noticed how much the Volare wagon looked like the Vega Kammback from the rear. Stored in a Pole Barn for the last 30 years. We had a few laughs over that. . Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Corporate management made the decisions to enter the small car market and to develop the car itself. 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. They removed a section of rad hose and installed the in-line heater in between the new shorter sections. The Woodgrain dash is … or Best Offer. Exterior is pretty good. I bought a used 1974 Vega Estate wagon in 1977 for $1550 including two snow tires, which I never had to use. These were never common, so locating a Panel Express these days is quite a feat. But by this time it was simply too little, too late. and I had to reconnect it before it would start. (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.). 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. Kind of weird. 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). That Vega had the 3spd auto and AC no less and other than the carb going bad in I think ’79, it ran great and was reliable until it was replaced by the FWD X body Buick Skylark they bought new in ’83. If these two things are neglected then yes they are very fragile. Three years later she was offered 500 on a trade for a new car. The same could not be said for the Panel Express, as sales dropped to 4,114. 1974 Chevrolet Vega 49601, Wexford County, MI . It was white and had a luggage rack on top. It was at a repair shop, with a V8 conversion performed by the subsequent owner. I paid it off in one year, working part-time at our local Heck’s department store. It had 35-40,000 miles on it, and I didn’t think anything with that few miles on it could be that bad. 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. 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! When the HHR Panel was released, I immediately thought of this Vega Panel. 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”. 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. Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic. Also a very good car, although he traded it off for something Chevrolet and bigger a couple of years later. Fortunately by that time GM had worked the bugs out of the Vega, and that Estate was a reliable car for them. I was gunna put a cobalt ss supercharged motor in it, but i have everything for a v8 swap. It was a green ’71 2dr sedan. The most effective change Chevrolet made to the Vega was to reskin it and call it Monza. Maybe the fact that these were so horrifically fragile worked in its favor. I knew a huge number of people who had them back in the day. 1974 Chevrolet Vega You are bidding on a true survivor. I had also driven the GT which was quieter and more fun. The following parts fit a 1974 Chevrolet Vega Edit |Go to My Garage. Put an I6, V6, or modern I4 in that Vega! I’d give anything if I still had it. 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. Discovered this article not long ago. Remember the Vega? Second, most little trucklets like this would eventually be worked to death. My father had a ’77 hatchback with automatic. I bought a new Chevy Vega panel delivery in 1971 and drove the living hell out of it and had zero problems. Hi, I on A 74 Panel express. Vega sales were initially quite brisk, as many folks were attracted to its good looks and thrift on fuel. Compared to a dirt track car, it was hard, but compared to some other street driven car builds I’ve been involved with, it was relatively easy. 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’ve never seen the panel express version. Guess I was lucky. I have to laugh, every time I see some car like this I think: Hmmm, my drum kit should fit just fine in there. Trending at $71.49 +$8.90 shipping. A question for our Canadian correspondents — was there ever a Pontiac Astre Panel north of the border? 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. This 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback Wagon was pulled from the behind a barn in western Colorado. Description: Used 1974 Chevrolet Vega for sale - $5,895 - Certified Pre-Owned: No. $8,500.00 Call . Engine was last rebuilt in 1992 with 10:1 pistons and mildly ported head so it is a little quicker than most. We took the pretty little dark green car on a road trip when it was brand new. We called it The Pickle. 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