The Great Vega Hunt Continues: Bone Stock 1973 Notchback – With Powerglide!

Last Fall, Paul announced the official Great Vega Hunt, with the goal of finding a true CC Vega sporting its original (running!) 2300 engine. Amazonray did indeed locate one this past summer — a 1974 hatchback with a 2300. But in my book, the car only barely qualified, as it had numerous aftermarket tchotchkes, including ‘mag’ wheels and a fairly non-stock paint job and interior. So I kept looking…

Two days ago, I checked my permanently saved eBay search and lo and behold, this beauty popped up!

Those of you who couldn’t wait and clicked the eBay link already know the car is Going Once-Going Twice-SOLD! The Buy It Now price was $4,000 US, and when I first saw the car, bidding was only at $520. It was at $1,250 the next morning, and Boom! Gone by that evening. I *really* hope it’s not going to get stripped and stuffed with a SBC… This car is a bit of a puzzle to me, as it has a GT hood stripe with the base wheels and grille (it was advertised as a base model).

I eBay-mailed the seller with a ton of questions, but they must have already had a deal pending, as I got no response. Inside, we find the GT steering wheel (without the normal GT emblem on the horn button) in front of a standard gauge package… The only air “conditioning” you got besides the heater was from the ‘2-60’ system and ‘crotch cooler’ vents down by your feet. Factory A/C vents would have been where the block-off plate is on the dash.

Shifting our view, we find standard seats and door panels. If you embiggen the photo, you’ll notice the automatic shifter offers both D and L ranges!

Under the hood, a venerable 2300 sits behind the optional HD radiator (a good choice, given the engine’s propensity to blow head gaskets). I would have loved to find out whether this engine is sleeved or not, and, given the clues available, I’m going to guess the engine has the 1bbl carburetor instead of the 2bbl that came with the GT package.

Other than the goofy combination of standard and GT parts (not completely unexpected on a 41 year-old car, though some features such as the hood stripe were available as standalone options), the thing’s actually in pretty good shape. With an advertised 25,000 miles (“original,” of course!), it’s a true survivor.

I have to admit, I was very tempted to drop a bid on the car ($2,300, of course!), but the look my wife gave me when I mentioned the car (much less bidding on it) convinced me it would make a better CC post than driveway ornament (which I would probably have had to sleep in).

So we’ve now found two Vegas still motivated their original 2300 engines. Will there be more?


Related Reading:

CC: Chevrolet Vega – Winner Of 1971 Small Car Comparison And GM’s Deadly Sin No.2

CCOTY 1971 Nomination: Chevrolet Vega 2300

Automotive History: The Many Faces of the GM H-Body

Curbside Classic: 1974 Vega Kammback – GM’s Deadly Sexy Sin #2 – Take Two, Or Three Even

Cohort Classic: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega – Too Little, Too Late, Way Too Expensive

Powerglide: A GM’s Greatest Hit Or Deadly Sin?