The Chevrolet Vega was not a successful model for General Motors for several reasons. Its four-cylinder engine was very unstable, the design quality was poor, very prone to rust, and many other flaws that seemed to suggest that the American car builders during the 70s were no longer capable of producing a good quality car. A bad memory that most have forgotten.
Which is why this featured 1976 Chevy Vega station wagon offers something interesting to the classic car world. You could say that this is a rebellious street rod Vega that says “Yes, I’m a Vega. Deal with it.” It is currently being listed for sale by a dealer from Texas.
The door handles and trims have been shaved to achieve a very smooth body and then finished in Metallic Maroon paint but still maintaining the stock style of this two-door Vega station wagon. The Weld Racing wheels match well with the smooth body.
The best part about this station wagon is that it is powered by a 350 ci V8 engine. The engine upgrade seems to be professionally done and perfectly fits into the engine bay of the Vega. The hood has been modified to tilt forward for easy access. An Edelbrock 600cfm carburetor squeezes more power from the engine that is matched to a Turbo 350 automatic transmission that directs power to a positraction rear.
According to the Texan dealer, “the car isn’t just looks though because the rebuilt GM 350 motor has been built up nicely and runs strong. It has a lot of power and has no problem sending this Vega flying down the road.”
According to the dealer, the interior also received some upgrades such as the aftermarket high-back bucket seats, Autometer Pro Comp gauges fitted in a polished aluminum bezel, floor shifter, and a Sony Xplod Am/FM/CD audio system with auxiliary ports.
There are a lot of Vega hot rods that received a V8 engine but it has been rarely done on a station wagon Vega. Although a Vega is not a common hot rod, it does perfectly fit the classic recipe of mounting a large V8 engine on a lightweight car. This hot rod looks very solid and has a good shine. It has the potential to be a great classic cruiser and Vega that you will surely be proud of despite its bad reputation. The dealer is asking $9,950 for this hot rod station wagon.
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