Curbside Outtake: 1973 Chevrolet Vega Panel Express – Fly By Night

We spent a pleasant evening with our son and his wife on Independence Day Eve enjoying burgers and fireworks at the park about a mile from their house. Walking back afterwards, I spotted a very familiar face peeking out from the alley behind a used car lot and stepped over for a closer look. I was immediately confounded, as this car wears the 1971-only script Chevrolet (VEGA 2300) badge, but also has the 1973-only extended front bumper (note the 3″ filler plate behind same).

The other conundrum is that this car has Panel Express blockout plates instead of rear quarter lites, but carries a passenger seat, which the Panel Express expressly did not have (although it was available as an option). An email to the Contact Us link on the dealer’s web site confirmed this is a ’73, owned by one of the techs who works there (“It’s not for sale.”). I’ll hazard a guess that it has a V6 or V8 under the hood, given the meaty rear tires. “Speedy Delivery, indeed!”


CCOTY 1971 Nomination: Chevrolet Vega 2300

Curbside Classic: 1974 Chevrolet Vega Panel Express – A Sedan Delivery For The ’70s