Posts Tagged ‘kammback’

Chevy Tuesday – 1974 Chevrolet Vega Kammback GT

June 24, 2014

As discussed before here, the Vega is a pretty interesting car, for its unrealized potential, its design influences, and the innovation in its production. Unfortunately, as was often the case for GM in the 1970s, the potential of their ideas was often cut down in the execution, whether it be the fault of the accountants, the production team, or someone else. On the other hand, look at what happened to companies where engineering innovation (or difference for difference’s sake) was allowed to thrive – where is Saab? Where is Lancia? Where is NSU? Check out this 1974 Chevrolet Vega Kammback GT for sale for $3900 in San Jose, CA.

1974 Chevrolet Vega Kammback GT left front


Orphan American – 1972 Chevrolet Vega Kammback

March 29, 2010

So you’re probably thinking, oh, RustyButTrusty is wandering towards the mainstream again with this choice of car. To answer that, I have two responses. One, when’s the last time you saw a Vega on the road? Two, what car enthusiast wouldn’t be interested in a car with coil springs all around, front disc brakes, and an aluminum-block overhead cam 80-90hp four-cylinder, in a stylish 2-door package influenced by cars such as the Fiat 124 coupe? Let’s not dismiss the poor reputation Vegas had back when they were new , but 40 years on, any survivors must have been exempt from those issues, or have had them resolved by resourceful owners.

Going any further into the history of the Vega would just be duplicating the truly interesting Wikipedia page about this car, but the innovations in this car stretched beyond simply the car itself, into things such as the transportation. Cars were transported via rail stood up on their noses, vertically, yet were delivered in a ready-to-drive state. This particular car seems to have survived that and any number of other threats to its existence, and is available in Oklahoma City, OK for $2300.

1972 Chevrolet Vega Kammback right