MEAN '70'S-STYLE HOT-ROD, BUILT 350 V8, TH400 W/2500 STALL, 12-BOLT 3.73 POSI!!
Despite a lot of money and effort, Chevrolet could never quite make the Vega into America's favorite economy car. However, it makes one heck of a platform for a V8-powered street brawler with great styling and an awesome power-to-weight ratio when fitted with a 350 cubic inch V8. So forget gas mileage and instead go out and have some fun with this neat 1972 Vega.
Hugger Orange looks good on just about any Chevy, and you can see echoes of the second-generation Camaro in the front of this heavy-hitting Vega. Repainted about four years ago, it looks quite good, particularly for such an affordable car, and the semi-fastback shape still looks sporty today. Obviously there have been some modifications, including the tall cowl-induction hood and some shaved emblems, and in this context, the Vega starts to look real tough. Admit it, if you saw this car at a show, you'd give it a closer look, right? Other great details include the blacked-out grille with satin silver surround, the chrome bumpers that are in great shape, and a blacked-out tail panel that's also reminiscent of the big block early Camaros. Add a ducktail spoiler out back and you get a car that looks fast, especially with that stance.
The interior is surprisingly well-polished given how affordable this car was when it was new, with high-back buckets wearing fresh seat covers, some woodgrained detailing on the door panels, and the same steering wheel you'd find in a comparable Camaro. The original instruments only covered the basics, so when this one got a heart transplant, it also got the monitoring equipment to go with it: a big tach and a set of auxiliary gauges neatly built into the center of the dash. The shifter knob is a 1-ball, which matches the paint scheme, and the carpets and weather seals were replaced when the car was repainted a few years ago. There's also an AM/FM radio in the dash in the original spot, so the modifications aren't as apparent inside and the car has an overall '70s vibe that's rather appealing if you were around in that period. And that semi-hatchback body has a massive trunk that's more than useful for hauling gear, especially with the fold-down rear seats!
The original 4-cylinder engine is long gone, replaced by a sturdy 350 cubic inch V8. In the lightweight Vega, performance is huge without resorting to a cranky race-spec engine, so it starts easily and runs well, even in traffic. Tilt the hood forward and you'll find that the small block V8 is a neat fit in the Vega's engine bay and service access is good without sacrificing any of the basics. That means a big radiator keeps it cool and the firewall didn't need any major modifications. The headers are a major work of art, wrapping through the frame and dumping into a custom Flowmaster exhaust system with turn-downs just ahead of the rear axle. A rugged TH400 3-speed automatic snaps through the gears hard enough to chirp the tires and a beefy 12-bolt rear end ensures that breakage is unlikely. Traditional polished Centerline wheels with 165/80/15 front and 255/60/15 rear tires gives it the perfect '70s drag racer stance.
Somewhat of a local legend, this is a ferociously fast car that's still easy to drive on the street and looks fantastic at the track or the cruise night. Best of all, it's quite affordable, offering a fantastic bang-for-the-buck. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Exterior Color
- Hugger Orange
- Transmission Spec
- Turbohydramatic 400
- Rear End
- 12 Bolt 3.73 Posi
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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