Hatchback and wagon received carpeting and headliners. What else is going to be on the minds of a bunch of guys on Monday morning? This car almost destroyed Gm. No kidding. Yes, let’s do some Chevettes to get my nostalgia going . Best to stay away from that rough and tumble motorcycle crowd; they’re like cavemen. The Chevrolet Vega is a subcompact automobile that was manufactured and marketed by GM's Chevrolet subdivision from 1970 to 1977. But hey, by 1974 the Vega had a genuine three-speed THM automatic! Sep 3, 2018 - Explore Greg Oliver's board "Chevy Vega", followed by 499 people on Pinterest. ", With its small 6 US quarts (5.7 l) capacity and tiny two-tube 1 sq ft (0.1 m2) radiator, the Vega cooling system was adequate when topped off, but owners tended not to check the coolant level often enough, and in combination with leaking valve-stem seals, the engine often ran low on oil and coolant simultaneously. The single-barrel carburetor version produces 90 hp (67 kW); the two-barrel version (RPO L11) produces 110 hp (82 kW). In 1971, GM claimed that the ’75 Vega would look the same as first year. Front and rear aluminum bumpers with inner steel spring replaced the chrome items, with license plate mountings relocated. Never mind the Vega?? If you’d bought the hatchback, you too would have a snapshot of your two well-dressed honeys figuring out where the hell the highway is. GM president Ed Cole projected its release in October 1973 as a 1974 Vega option. Compared to the normal piston [engine] Vega's 20 to 26 mpg, the whole rotary deal begins to look just a little less attractive, what with the price of gasoline skyrocketing...", GM thought it could meet 1975 emissions standards with the engine tuned for better fuel economy. Ed Cole was chief engineer and Bill Mitchell, vice-president of design staff, was chief stylist. , Vibration and low-speed crash tests ensured the cars would not shift or suffer damage in transit. Don’t delay; I’m not sure I’ll ever find another one again. Your email address will not be published. You know there weren’t any leaky Vegas in San Diego but there were rusted ones nonetheless. Hi Bob, Was like that for Vega, Monza (later models), Chevette, Citation, and Cavalier. OK, please no more Vega CC reruns for a bit, Paul. The engineers had to add twenty pounds of structural reinforcements to pass durability. Under a revised 50,000-mile (80,000 km) engine warranty for 1971 to 1975 Vegas, the owner of a damaged engine could choose replacement with a new short block or a rebuilt steel-sleeved unit, which proved costly for Chevrolet. Notably, the original hatchback panel for some reason had been replaced with a light blue one. , In 1973, Chevrolet presented the XP-898 concept car using many Vega components, including the engine, and using a construction method intended to explore vehicle crashworthiness at high speed: a fiberglass foam sandwich body and chassis in four sections with rigid urethane foam infill..  is why it’s called car porn…. My Dad bought a new Vega in ‘71, a green, 4-speed manual, paneled kammback. Built to take it. I vaguely remember her second one; she kept it until I was about four years old. And something has to be done with the crankcase vents. Width is 65.4 inches (1,660 mm). ’87, ’89, and ’93 Tempos, all better. 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 did not. No, it wasn’t because you kept squeezing two girls in the front seat. (even though it’s not uncommon for it to actually happen). With the sole failure a broken timing belt, Vega project engineer Bernie Ernest said GM felt “very comfortable with the warranty. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Nothing sexy about this Kammback’s el-cheapo molded door panel. From the trim tag it’s definitely a ’74; built (pooped out?) 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 A facelift included revised header panel with Chevy bowtie emblem, wider grill, revised headlamp bezels – all in corrosion-resistant material – and new tri-color taillights for the notchback and hatchback (although the amber turn signals were nonfunctional). , For 1973, 300 changes included new exterior and interior colors and new standard interior trim. Is that Suzanne Sommers (sp?) , In August 1975, Chevrolet conducted an endurance test of three Vegas powered by Dura-Built engines, advertised as a "60,000 miles in 60 days Durability Run". , Although Lordstown Assembly had a purpose-built exit off of the Ohio Turnpike built to make shipment easier, the Vega was designed for vertical shipment, nose down. (4.6 L) units used in the CERV I research and development vehicle. Every small Chevy was like that – you had to order the custom interior option to get a normal door panel, otherwise it was that cheap decomposing plastic with a softer pad only for the armrest. and "1973 car of the year in the economy class";  Criticisms continued long after production ceased. (high-energy) electronic ignition and a catalytic converter. FAST 'N FREE. . GM was still using those cheap plastic door panels as late as 1990. We really liked the Vega, it a lot sportier than the stodgy brown Rambler, it was Dad’s commuter and also the car I learned to drive in. That second picture from the top looks like the stuff dreams are made of…. 74 Vega wagon. Front suspension is by short and long arms, with lower control arm bushings larger than on the 1970 Camaro. "Cosworth.  Seventy-five hundred Vegas were built through May. I know she was a model before her Three’s Company days.  You’re killing me Paul! and the 1971 award for "excellence in design in transportation equipment" from American Iron and Steel Institute. That, and preferably be of small stature, because it does get a bit crowded, especially in a hatchback. And that my friends….  By December 1973 it was clear the Wankel, now planned for the Monza 2+2, would not be ready for either production or emissions certification in time for the start of the 1975 model year. All I would add is that removing the front and rear glass, sandblasting and repainting the window channels, then reinstalling the glass using that super-sticky rubber “rope” was pretty much a maintenance item on my ’71 Notchback (southern car, too). , Production at Lordstown was projected at 100 Vegas an hour—one every 36 seconds—from the outset. The 1971 and 1972 models are 169.7 inches (4,310 mm) long. The new formulation raised paint shop throughput to 106 units per hour. Description for Chevrolet Vega Wagon 1974: 350 cu.in. The Vega had many flaws, most of which could have and should have been addressed before going on sale, but they were entertaining vehicles to drive. One complete GM Wankel engine exists. But in reality, buyers do want new looks every 4-6 years. The United Auto Workers (UAW) said 800 workers were laid off at Lordstown in the first year under GMAD; GMAD said 370. 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