A few more miles (about 70K IIRC), and a much better color, silver instead of the previous car’s school bus yellow. Learn how your comment data is processed. But as it turns out, the Vega was the first of the many cracks that would start to show in the GM fortress. The evil empire had done it again. 1974 Chevy V-8 Vega Wagon - $8500 (Union Beach) 1974 Vega wagon. Exterior is nice only one minor rust spot that I'm aware of and it's just surface rust. I have to laugh, every time I see some car like this I think: Hmmm, my drum kit should fit just fine in there. 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. Browse interior and exterior photos for 1974 Chevrolet Vega. 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. 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT. When the Vega came out in 1971, there were four models. The most effective change Chevrolet made to the Vega was to reskin it and call it Monza. 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). The fuel pump went out on it, necessitating removal of the gas tank. 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. 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 fuel pump went out on it, necessitating removal of the gas tank. Yeah, it was starting to use oil at the time I traded it in – on a ’76 Monza GT. Stored in a Pole Barn for the last 30 years. That made it one of the best used car buys I ever made, though I cannot say it was exactly trouble free motoring. 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. CarGurus User. Mar 12, 2020. Bought the older style emblem for the back hatch because the Chevrolet script was cooler. Time left 4d 3h left. The biggest deal was the advanced-for-its time silicon cylinder coating, meant to eliminate more expensive cylinder liners. Always liked the look of the Vega, especially the earlier ones. (Locked-up tight). C $33.47. While 42,800 Kammbacks were produced in ’71, only 8,700 Panel Expresses were made. I knew a huge number of people who had them back in the day. A set of BFG Radial TAs and some firmer shocks actually made it a decent handler, too. I remember hanging out in the back of that thing thinking it was one of the coolest vehicles I had ever been inside of. with Roof Rack! 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. Had I the cash to do it, I would have. Of course it snapped one night when I was coming home from work. 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. 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MotorMax 1:24 1974 Chevy Vega Metallic Green Street Racing Sweet Cherries. GM’s fortress began cracking quite a bit long before the Vega hit the scene. It lasted at least a couple of years before succumbing to some sort of terminal mechanical fault. I bought a new Chevy Vega panel delivery in 1971 and drove the living hell out of it and had zero problems. 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/. We drove that car for 5 more years and got 500 trade in on a new Datsun. As for the Panel Express, I had forgotten that these ever existed. 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 was fun to drive but with 24,000 miles, it burned a quart of oil every 150 miles. Three were expected: two door sedan, a hatchback and a wagon. Engine was last rebuilt in 1992 with 10:1 pistons and mildly ported head so it is a little quicker than most. They ran the whole gamut from total junk, to ones that ran 100K miles with few, if any issues. She was still driving it in ’85 when I lost touch. Description for Chevrolet Vega 1974: 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. 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. Don Hardy kit car. $68.00. C $34.29. Who knew that it would encourage you to walk? Sounded like a diesel engine when we took it to trade. 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. 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”. Back to the winter. You can see why it’s so popular to do, even mental midgets like ourselves were able to string the pieces together. 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) I bought the car in the winter. with just ... View car. Feb 24, 2018 - 1974 CHEVROLET VEGA KAMMBACK GT WAGON Up for sale is a rare original Chevy Vega GT wagon. Over the course of a few months things became so bad that the car went back to the dealer, never to be seen again. I had one in a ’69 Fairlaine I once owned. 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. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions were working separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. Man would that thing haul butt. Then, in 1971, GM decided to offer a panel version of its attractive Kammback station wagon. Will you ever sell your vaunted and famed Millionth Edition ’73 Vega? 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. 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. The record got blown with my ’79 Monza wagon. 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. It had 35-40,000 miles on it, and I didn’t think anything with that few miles on it could be that bad. Wow, that’s a nice find there, even if through the cohort. It looked so much like a mini-Camaro to him, at least until the Federal bumpers were added in ’74. 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? 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. Beautiful car, Deloran should have been proud. The photo was during a day trip to Seguin TX for an airshow. And maybe once or twice on the road for delivery services. If I had other traffic I couldn’t have done it. My parents had a chocolate brown metallic kammback ’76 Vega wagon in the late 70’s. The Vega had been warehouse stored in Alabama nearly thirty years through 2002 by the previous owner. Note that I said there would be no direct competition from GM and Ford. It was in great shape, but I liked to joke that it used more oil than it did gasoline. 1974 Vega GT Wagon....Kammback....."Real Deal" for sale - … Exterior is pretty good. 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). Decent speakers are heavy! It’s not the drums, it’s the stage monitor & etc. Even after three seasons of SCCA B-sedan autocross. 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. I was still young enough in the early 1980s to think that way. From United States Customs services and international tracking provided. ’74 Vega: Painful to remember this no-power 4, buggy aluminum engine, badly constructed wagon. “polishing a turd.”, It might be the pain killers they have me on talking but I’d rock one of those all day! They contacted me but car was already sold. Chevrolet and Pontiac divisions worked separately on small cars in the early and mid 1960s. It became even more pronounced once the two door station wagons they were based on were discontinued. Discovered this article not long ago. And even thow the engine is shot I steel like it. Just kept adding oil. Has been inside on lift for last 10 years. Where I grew up, the tinwork thrived; and the Vega had a notably short lifespan. a new model. My father had a ’77 hatchback with automatic. 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. 1974 saw 4,289 Panels, a slight improvement to 1972’s total, but after a mere 1,525 ’75s, the Panel was finally done. 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. To my mind, GM rarely did ‘pretty’ cars, a la ’56 Ford Fairlane, Mark 1 Scirocco, some of the ‘Forward Look’ Chryslers, etc. Hmmmmm, lets see. Regardless, that Vega is a fond memory for me! It is A fun car to drive and it is steel in grate shape. With the bumper in place on the pre 75s it looks like it’s wearing Orthodontic Headgear. 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. Put an I6, V6, or modern I4 in that Vega! 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. Ray and Anne Davis in front of the Vega. 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 believe GM recently did the same thing with the HHR. I don’t know why they do that. Loaded, including automatic and A/C. I roared past a lot of walkers. It only depreciated $400 in two years. The Vega was produced in hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles. The “secret” with any Vega is to put in an adequate radiator so it NEVER overheats and keep the oil in good shape. My first car (at age 16) was a 1974 Chevy Vega Kammback. Circulated the coolant as well as heating it. Auto. 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 haven't had time to get into it and find the problem but i think it is carb related. Professionally built 357 CU. Dealer. 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 … When the HHR Panel was released, I immediately thought of this Vega Panel. Why, gold shag, of course! Sorry no trades an cash only in person. The running french gag for those gm product was simply to call them dégat ( damage ) and désastre ( disaster ) . I think I may have seen a panel in my way back past but have been aware of their existence for decades. It is glossy black and has a roll cage 2 seats, seat belts, 350 chevy motor with nitros. i picked it up for $1500 no motor or tranny, perfect V-8 swap. Room for the dogs, gas mileage and an attractive package to boot. It was ugly, it smelled horrid, and provided me as a sixteen year old a great year of driving. Instant heat when starting up in the AM. This was my experience with a 74 panel wagon somewhere in the middle 80’s. 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. It got hit twice. 4.4 (21) CarGurus User. The rear windows were blanked out, only the Pinto used a fiberglass panel instead of a metal panel filler. When did you last see another one for sale? Never really had an issue with it, other than a starter going out – the only time the car really “failed” on me. They were really a ‘body’ to sell to racers for Vega’s image. 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. The second time did it in. It does have a Dana 44 rear and either a Dana 30 or 35 front axle. Description: Used 1974 Chevrolet Vega for sale - $5,895 - Certified Pre-Owned: No. I changed my first timing belt on that car. First car: 75 Vega GT Estate wagon. For minimal cost, they had a niche vehicle that would easily recoup its costs. This beautiful 1974 Chevrolet Vega GT belongs to Anne and Ray Davis of Ormond Beach, Fl. 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. Ran like a top. Patina Original Green metallic Paint with matching Green Plaid Interior with one small separation on the driver's seat (see picture). 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! Feb 10, 2020. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. The Vega is unmistakably ‘pretty’ however. 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. I only had to run one light. 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. To be fair, Chrysler wasn’t the first one to think of this. I don’t possess that luxury, only a 1-car garage. Fortunately by that time GM had worked the bugs out of the Vega, and that Estate was a reliable car for them. All they had to do was take a wagon, blank out the rear quarter windows, remove the back seat, and voila! It's hard to find a Vega in this nice. The original engine did consumer oil, about a quart every other tank of gas, which was why I replaced the engine. 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 Guess I was lucky. I would have liked to have one…a low-buck drive-in sinmobile. V8 Vega. These were never common, so locating a Panel Express these days is quite a feat. @84gts…those inline coolant heaters were great! It was a green ’71 2dr sedan. Great memories — I had a ’73 Kammback GT that I bought new. When the oil pressure light flickered going around a corner I just poured in 2 quarts and was good for 500 more miles. Stayed in 2nd mostly until I got on the freeway and speed matched shifting until I got home. 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 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. Great memories! They removed a section of rad hose and installed the in-line heater in between the new shorter sections. The same could not be said for the Panel Express, as sales dropped to 4,114. Put about 50,000 miles on it running an insurance debit and paper route and 2 quarts of oil a week. A question for our Canadian correspondents — was there ever a Pontiac Astre Panel north of the border? Too much to list. 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