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1974 chevy vega wagon

1974 chevy vega wagon

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. When the HHR Panel was released, I immediately thought of this Vega Panel. One drunken evening at the shop, et voila! Don’t ever put a V8 in that Vega! I would have liked to have one…a low-buck drive-in sinmobile. When the Vega came out (I was about 12) I figured that the Pinto would never have a chance. 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!!! It was ugly, it smelled horrid, and provided me as a sixteen year old a great year of driving. No, I’m not being sarcastic. Never really had an issue with it, other than a starter going out – the only time the car really “failed” on me. When I was a kid I went to a Chevy dealer who had a Vega Panel that had been completely carpeted inside right up the walls and over the panels. 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. I actually do cram my kit (and associated electronics) into my Sunfire for every gig, but man, my back sure doesn’t like it. 1974 Chevrolet Vega-Shopping & Pricing. @84gts…those inline coolant heaters were great! 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) with Roof Rack! Nice. Dealer. Yeah, it was starting to use oil at the time I traded it in – on a ’76 Monza GT. The condition of the car overall is very good. And even thow the engine is shot I steel like it. It’s just what GM always does, first they release crap, then they fix it and then they kill it for something ‘better’. Worst case of sun-faded red paint ever seen. Had snow tires on the back. Exterior is pretty good. 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. Beautiful car, Deloran should have been proud. 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. Luckily I was still moving when it broke, so I drove it home by cutting through parking lots, and timing the stop lights just right. It was much better, but it didn’t last me through college. https://classics.autotrader.com/.../chevrolet-vega-for-sale Never a problem. A 1971 Vega was my second car. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon Kammback Rear Quarter Emblem 9885757 Badge Ornament Trim. 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. Instant heat when starting up in the AM. My first car (at age 16) was a 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback. 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. To this day, that basic body design holds up well believe it or not, just sad that the mechanicals were utter garbage up until the end when they finally got decent. Wow! Real Deal! The panel wagon was popular site in Hot Rod magaziner with drag racers, and I think most ended up there. 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. I’d have to do some sort of a split bumper like the 70 Z28 with an early model though. 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. Maybe the fact that these were so horrifically fragile worked in its favor. 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. Sorry no trades an cash only in person. and I had to reconnect it before it would start. They were really a ‘body’ to sell to racers for Vega’s image. 5. 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. C $34.29. The panel version seemed an odd choice for the Seventies. A few more miles (about 70K IIRC), and a much better color, silver instead of the previous car’s school bus yellow. It was white and had a luggage rack on top. I had a ’73 GT coupe that I bought in my senior year of high school (1979) for $1200. It still has the 140 cu in 4 cyl with 3 speed manual transmission. 1974 saw 4,289 Panels, a slight improvement to 1972’s total, but after a mere 1,525 ’75s, the Panel was finally done. GM’s fortress began cracking quite a bit long before the Vega hit the scene. Actually, any clean, running Vega is quite a find today! 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 the Chevy/GM stuff generally bolts together pretty easily. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions worked separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. Over the course of a few months things became so bad that the car went back to the dealer, never to be seen again. Circulated the coolant as well as heating it. I got $1150 for it as it was a nice clean one. 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. You can see why it’s so popular to do, even mental midgets like ourselves were able to string the pieces together. They removed a section of rad hose and installed the in-line heater in between the new shorter sections. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. The Vega was produced in hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles. The record got blown with my ’79 Monza wagon. Feb 24, 2018 - 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA KAMMBACK GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. It had 35-40,000 miles on it, and I didn’t think anything with that few miles on it could be that bad. I knew a huge number of people who had them back in the day. Three were expected: two door sedan, a hatchback and a wagon. The most effective change Chevrolet made to the Vega was to reskin it and call it Monza. Looks and runs beautifully. 1974 Chevy Vega Wagon, Delivery, Hot Rod, Pro Street for sale - … If the first Vega had been the 1975 car…well, like someone said, if your aunt had different equipment she’d be your uncle. It rusted in several places where the paint simply wore off. It only depreciated $400 in two years. Well, ’till the salesperson kicked me out. 1974 Chevrolet Vega You are bidding on a true survivor. It lasted at least a couple of years before succumbing to some sort of terminal mechanical fault. The Vega had been warehouse stored in Alabama nearly thirty years through 2002 by the previous owner. From United States Customs services and international tracking provided. But what do you expect for $750? Okay. This 1977 chevy vega wagon is probably the coolest car i have owned. Worst car I have ever owned. ’74 Vega: Painful to remember this no-power 4, buggy aluminum engine, badly constructed 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. a new model. It rusted in several places where the paint simply wore off. $8,500.00 Call . I have a 1974 Chevy Vega Station wagon. Those later-year Vegas are very strange beasts, with their very un-Vega-like tendancy to not rust, especially up here in the Pacific Northwest where we say “hold the salt.” I got an Orange ’76 Hatchback with the aluminum engine and a 3-speed automatic in December of ’91, and I drove it for several trouble-free years. 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). 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 seems like this was Chevy’s response to the fuel shortage scare. My one memory of it was it was very noisy, ringing and echoing like a can. Required fields are marked *. 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. 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 think I may have seen a panel in my way back past but have been aware of their existence for decades. …and this early 1971 model built within the first 6 months of Vega production has no fender liners (added ’74-up models) and no galvanized fenders and rocker panels (added on ’76-’77 models), but no rust anywhere on the original sheet metal and chassis of this forty year-old Vega! A 1974 Vega two door wagon body has been installed onto a Jeep CJ5 frame. 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). Valve seals and guides will eventually wear and this is usually reason for oil consumption rather than any problem with the block assuming the radiator and oil have been taken care of. 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. 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. C $33.47. 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 original engine did consumer oil, about a quart every other tank of gas, which was why I replaced the engine. Only five years old, but it had already been repainted: red over the original yellow. A close friend in college received a new 1971 from her parents for her birthday. V8, turbo trans.,Dana rear,roll cage. Please note: We did NOT construct the car while intoxicated, we just brainstormed at how “easy” it would be to construct. 1971 - 1977 Chevrolet Vega Wagon RH Passengers Taillight Bezel Astre #2. 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. 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. 1974 Chevrolet Vega Pictures: See 33 pics for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. A limited-production model, the Cosworth Vega… I changed my first timing belt on that car. No block heater. Worked though. MotorMax 1:24 1974 Chevy Vega Metallic Green Street Racing Sweet Cherries. The two flashed on and off like disco lights. Inside of engine has not been touched since, in about 140,000 miles and is still going strong. It is A fun car to drive and it is steel in grate shape. Had to put Corvair wagon rear coil srings and Doug Thorley headers up front. Hmmmmm, lets see. $68.00. Your email address will not be published. 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 little thing got me through college though, commuting over some ferocious WV mountains and never leaving me stranded once! Also a very good car, although he traded it off for something Chevrolet and bigger a couple of years later. 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…”. 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). Pre-Owned. AMT 1974 CHEVY VEGA PANEL WAGON FUNNY CAR 1/25 UNBUILT MODEL CAR KIT! The other Vegas would continue through 1977. Has been inside on lift for last 10 years. I don’t know why they didn’t catch on up here in Canuckistan. All Rights Reserved. Of course it snapped one night when I was coming home from work. 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. 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. Sorry, not cursing. I paid $1775.00 out the door and sold it with 30,000 miles on the odometer. They contacted me but car was already sold. Great memories — I had a ’73 Kammback GT that I bought new. The Woodgrain dash is … Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. My favorite one is the one a friend of mine and his brothers converted into a drag car. Our very dry climate has kept it in its salvageable condition. But the fourth was a little different. Even put the Monza turbine-style wheel covers on the front. Stored in a Pole Barn for the last 30 years. I’d give anything if I still had it. Pre-Owned. I bought a used 1974 Vega Estate wagon in 1977 for $1550 including two snow tires, which I never had to use. This 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback Wagon was pulled from the behind a barn in western Colorado. Where I grew up, the tinwork thrived; and the Vega had a notably short lifespan. I had one in a ’69 Fairlaine I once owned. I had also driven the GT which was quieter and more fun. By the early Sixties, the Falcon was about the only car-based delivery vehicle left, and it quickly left the scene. Where can I find a good front clip for a 1971 or 1972 vega 2 Answers. Even after three seasons of SCCA B-sedan autocross. I believe GM recently did the same thing with the HHR. When the oil pressure light flickered going around a corner I just poured in 2 quarts and was good for 500 more miles. 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. 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. Three years later she was offered 500 on a trade for a new car. It does have a Dana 44 rear and either a Dana 30 or 35 front axle. 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. 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 … 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. . The garage installed an in-line coolant heater. It had very low miles (-40,000), factory A/C, 4-speed, and since it was in SoCal, not a bit of rust. My wife bought a new Vega in 75. Sounded like a diesel engine when we took it to trade. It turns heads every time i drive it. The Vega was just so much better looking. They ran the whole gamut from total junk, to ones that ran 100K miles with few, if any issues. Room for the dogs, gas mileage and an attractive package to boot. A high school friend’s parents had a gold one, they were an all Chevy family with a Vega for the Mom, a ‘Vette for Dad and a Camaro for the son. Corporate management made the decisions to enter the small car market and to develop the car itself. 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. It is amazing that one of these has survived in this condition. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. The fuel pump went out on it, necessitating removal of the gas tank. Think I saw one or two on dealer lots when the Vega was news. I was still young enough in the early 1980s to think that way. 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. 1972 Vega sales were even better. 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. Its a total badge job with a little divider in the grille. Regardless, that Vega is a fond memory for me! I had decided after paying storage the first year, it would have to be parked outside (covered) – a huge savings that has amounted to $14k (200. per mo) over a seven-year period. I haven’t seen a Vega Panel in thirty years, for sure. She told the salesman he may as well cut her throat. I was gunna put a cobalt ss supercharged motor in it, but i have everything for a v8 swap. Will you ever sell your vaunted and famed Millionth Edition ’73 Vega? Done? I don’t possess that luxury, only a 1-car garage. “polishing a turd.”, It might be the pain killers they have me on talking but I’d rock one of those all day! Dare I say that the last year of the Vega was more reliable than the Citation? Trending at $71.49 +$8.90 shipping. Find this 1974 Chevrolet Vega wagon for sale in Exeter, NH for $5,000 via craigslist. With the bumper in place on the pre 75s it looks like it’s wearing Orthodontic Headgear. The photo was during a day trip to Seguin TX for an airshow. 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 If these two things are neglected then yes they are very fragile. Ray and Anne Davis in front of the Vega. It was just the mechanics. Guess I was lucky. Funny. It looked so much like a mini-Camaro to him, at least until the Federal bumpers were added in ’74. I;ve always been a Vega fan. 1974 Vega GT Wagon. This was a fun thread to read through, for sure. All they had to do was take a wagon, blank out the rear quarter windows, remove the back seat, and voila! 5 bids. A set of BFG Radial TAs and some firmer shocks actually made it a decent handler, too. Decent speakers are heavy! The Vega is unmistakably ‘pretty’ however. 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. She was still driving it in ’85 when I lost touch. 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). I am amazed anyone has anything good to say about the early Vegas. 4.4 (21) CarGurus User. C. ClassicCars 30+ days ago. 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. By 1974 Chevrolet had begun addressing a number of issues with the car, and the Vega of 1976-77 was actually quite a reliable little car. Professionally built 357 CU. 1974 Vega GT Wagon....Kammback....."Real Deal" for sale - … It also burned lots of oil, and the choke linkage sometimes disconnected at the carb. . Bought oil by the case load. These things had a cable actuator on the clutch instead of a hydraulic one. What a tragedy that it went so wrong. These were never common, so locating a Panel Express these days is quite a feat. 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. V8 Vega. Back to the winter. This car is a true survivor. Another selling point for building a wagon that size was that there would be no direct competition from GM and Ford. I had a favorable impression of it till I drove it. 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. Until looking at the last photo, I had never noticed how much the Volare wagon looked like the Vega Kammback from the rear. Never seen one before or since. I’ve never seen the panel express version. 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. I roared past a lot of walkers. Deals & Savings. 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! Time left 4d 3h left. Still looked good though. Loaded, including automatic and A/C. A question for our Canadian correspondents — was there ever a Pontiac Astre Panel north of the border? It was our first new car. 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I have no doubt that more than a few Panel Expresses gave their little lives in pursuit of a low quarter mile time. It got hit twice. I bought the car in the winter. 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! Top Rated Seller. One by one, panel vans and sedan deliverys started disappearing. 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! go to http://www.motortopia.com/vegavairbob to see my other two Vegas. Man would that thing haul butt. 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. And maybe once or twice on the road for delivery services. Your email address will not be published. Great memories! Nobody got hurt, but the car was done for. I can see why Chevrolet decided to offer the car, though its sales potential was rather questionable. To my mind, GM rarely did ‘pretty’ cars, a la ’56 Ford Fairlane, Mark 1 Scirocco, some of the ‘Forward Look’ Chryslers, etc. We took the pretty little dark green car on a road trip when it was brand new. Don Hardy kit car. 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”. It was at a repair shop, with a V8 conversion performed by the subsequent owner. I bought a new Chevy Vega panel delivery in 1971 and drove the living hell out of it and had zero problems. (Locked-up tight). The following parts fit a 1974 Chevrolet Vega Edit |Go to My Garage. My theory explains why only thousands of sets of fenders were replaced by Chevrolet (under warranty) instead of a million, or more. Stayed in 2nd mostly until I got on the freeway and speed matched shifting until I got home. A 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT Gets an Overhaul July 9, 2014 Gary Rosier Classic Cars, Hot Rods 0. 1974 Chevrolet Vega 49601, Wexford County, MI . Some Véga was produce here in Québec at the Boisbriand GM plant . We called it The Pickle. As you might expect, sales did not exactly take off. That is my Elkhart green 74 Panel wagon in the photo. He presented the program to GM's president in 1967. 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT. I believe it had a “low coolant” light as well as the oil light. 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. 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. Had my engine sleeved, added Accel parts, had front and rear swaybars with Konis, Hurst shifter, added instrumentation — woo hoo!! Original 4-cyl. 1974 Chevy V-8 Vega Wagon - $8500 (Union Beach) 1974 Vega wagon. I only had to run one light. Why, gold shag, of course! Drop a blown Chevy big block in the engine compartment, throw on some drag tires, raise the rear, blank in the side windows, paint it glossy black and maybe you`ll have something. And yes, I think a lot of us bought them because they did kind of look like a “baby Camaro.”. 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. My parents had a chocolate brown metallic kammback ’76 Vega wagon in the late 70’s. 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. It was a green ’71 2dr sedan. But before long, all sorts of issues caught up with those initially happy owners. Unfortunately the technology had not yet been perfected and it spelled trouble for Vega owners. Remember the Vega? This beautiful 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT belongs to Anne and Ray Davis of Ormond Beach, Fl. That made it one of the best used car buys I ever made, though I cannot say it was exactly trouble free motoring. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This was in 1975, and I bought it used for $2,100 from a local dealer. 1971 Chevrolet Vega Wagon Drag Car Race CarIt's ready to race this weekend! A 74 green Vega Wagon. First car: 75 Vega GT Estate wagon. I may sale it some day,but like some of you had sade I may regaet letting it go. Purchased in 2004 from a classified listing, the Vega was Ray’s answer to lifelong dreams of building a hot rod. When the Vega came out in 1971, there were four models. Had a ’72 Pinto wagon which was actually one of my favorite cars, despite the weakness of the 2.3 motor and overall crappy build quality. with just ... View car. 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. 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