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Junkyard Discover: 1972 Chevrolet Vega hatchback coupe

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1972 Chevrolet Vega in Phoenix wrecking yard, RH rear view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The Basic made greater than two million Chevrolet Vegas through the car’s 1971-1977 run, and the numbers climb a lot greater in the event you embrace the Vega-derived Chevy Monza and its siblings. The Vega’s many high quality issues and speedy low cost-subcompact depreciation led to just about all of those automobiles disappearing from American roads properly earlier than the daybreak of the Nineteen Nineties, however I nonetheless discover the occasional instance throughout my junkyard travels. Right here’s an early Vega two-door hatch that appeared to be in fairly fine condition earlier than it hit a big animal on an Arizona street a few years again.

1972 Chevrolet Vega in Phoenix wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

Ouch. Let’s hope the driving force was sporting the Vega’s trendy (for 1972) shoulder belt appropriately when the deer, cow, horse, or big mutated javelina leaped in entrance of the car.

1972 Chevrolet Vega in Phoenix wrecking yard, interior - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

A lot of the early Vegas got here with 4-velocity guide transmissions, for the sake of cheapness and fuel financial system, however the unique purchaser of this car went for the automated transmission choice. Air con would have been thought-about frivolous in a subcompact in 1972… until you lived in Arizona, the place AC-outfitted white automobiles have been all over the place for many years. The radio is aftermarket, however I’m guessing this car as soon as had no less than the manufacturing unit AM/FM unit.

1972 Chevrolet Vega in Phoenix wrecking yard, engine - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

No rust in any respect, which isn’t shocking, and we will assume that the powertrain was working on the time of the crash. Some fortunate Arizona Vega lover might have harvested loads of good elements off this car. Ninety horsepower when new, which might have felt like about 50 horses with that three-velocity automated.

1972 Chevrolet Vega in Phoenix wrecking yard, speedometer - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The Vega might have been the car that rendered Toyota, Honda, and Volkswagen irrelevant in North America through the Nineteen Seventies, however it by no means lived as much as the potential of its design. The identical could possibly be stated of the Quotation within the Nineteen Eighties. Nonetheless, each the Vega and the Quotation bought in giant numbers, for some time, and I nonetheless search for them in wrecking yards.

Vegas are comfortable automobiles. They take pleasure in their work. They take pleasure in being pushed.

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