Camaro Junior – 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT

The Chevy Vega is a much-maligned car that suffered a poor reputation due to a rush to market, which meant customers were guinea pigs for many of its innovative features. However, cars that have survived 40-plus years now have likely had any necessary updates made, and thanks to natural attrition, should work well as a stylish, unusual classic for which you can still get parts at your corner parts store. Check out this 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT for sale for $3500 in Duncanville, TX.

1973 Chevrolet Vega GT left front

Orange is a great color for these cars, and combined with the spoiler and sports wheels, the styling of this car is right at home together with contemporary European sports coupes. The GT engine gave a 13hp/15lb.-ft. increase to 85hp and 115lb.-ft., down from the first year’s 110hp and 138lb.-ft. So you might want to investigate retrofitting an early induction system – power of the first-year units is comparable to the same European cars.

1973 Chevrolet Vega GT left rear

The seller’s description only says the car runs and drives, and for an additional cost he offers a 350 Chevrolet engine with many cosmetic accessories. So perhaps some work is needed, but the 350 might be overkill for the platform, and it’s nice to see an older car like this running its original drivetrain. You’ll definitely want to check the body out carefully, as Dallas’ crazy climate (high humidity, high temperatures, etc.) is rough on any older car. Bringing the engine back to full health and power, and some light suspension modifications might yield you a fun, reliable and yet unusual backroads touring car.


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3 Responses to “Camaro Junior – 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT”

  1. Mike P Says:

    My oldest brother graduated from high school in ’73, and for doing so received a brand new 1973 Vega GT. Silver with back stripes, black interior, 4 speed car. I have vivid memories of it, though I was only 12 years old. Wasn’t long before a trip to the gas station went like this, “Check the gas and fill it up with oil”.After a couple of years, he ended up selling it and buying a Volkswagen. By the time I graduated in ’79, I received a 1977 Pontiac Astre, the Vega’s kissing cousin. Put 145 thousand on it before yanking out the 4 banger and dropping a 350 SBC and TH350 into it. Now that was a handful. And as I got older, I realized that the designers of the Vega had obviously spent a lot of time studying the Ferrari 250 GT Lusso and the 330 GT.

  2. steve in podunk Says:

    These were really attractive terrible cars.

  3. John Guntherberg Says:

    Is it still available?

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