Family favorite: 1973 Chevy Vega GT

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Looking more muscular in red with a big broad white racing stripe, the Pick of the Day is a 1973 Chevrolet Vega GT that comes with a nice family story.

According to the advertisement placed on ClassicCars.com by the private seller, the sellers are a family that is the second owner of the car, and that has had it for more than 20 years.

“This car has always been garaged by the original owners and us,” the sellers report. “Great runner, all original with exception of ignition system, we upgraded to an MSD digital points system.”

The family is so passionate about the car that it “Needs to go to a caring home, my wife and daughter don’t want it to go,” the seller notes, adding that the car served as the daughter’s prom ride a year ago, and thus was displayed at America’s Car Museum, the LeMay, in Tacoma, Washington, where the prom was held. The car also has been part of car shows at the museum.

The seller even adds a suggestion that might make the car “perfect,” the installation of an electric choke and replacement of the donut seal where the driveline yoke enters the transmission. 

“When Vega is driven within four days, there are no transmission drips, as the torque converter drains down slowly from sitting over four days small drips will come out the drive line seal area.”

Turns out the Vega “gets exercised” only about once every five weeks, and then only for about an hour “if the streets aren’t wet.” The car usually has been driven only about 100 miles a year, though “routine maintenance has been completed based on months, not miles,” the seller says.

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“Unbelievably no rust on this car, the undercarriage was never undercoated so it’s easy to see all the virgin underpinnings with even the factory overspray visible,” the ad points out.

“The battery box we rebuilt as pictured.  The spare tire is factory original and still looks new, photo included and we have the beauty wheel rings in the attic for safe keeping. 

“We don’t want to see it go, but we need to thin the herd of 8 vehicles.”

The car is located in Browns Point, Washington, has its original four-cylinder engine linked to an automatic transmission and has been driven only 58,000 miles since new.

The seller asks $14,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

13 COMMENTS

  1. It took me a few seconds to stop laughing at a $14,000 Vega, but no doubt there’s some beer-bellied guy out there in a Hawaiian shirt who made the wrong turn on his way to Barrett-Jackson who’d love to have it, just so his pony tail would have a new home….

  2. Love it! Yes I’d baby this beautiful 73. My first car was a 73 Forrest green Vega. Loved it too. If I had the cash this would be mine!

  3. My Mom had one of those in black, with a tan interior, bought new as a leftover in the spring of ’74. Unfortunately, as we were rather poor, and the Vega was Mom’s daily driver, it sat outside and was driven in all four Indianapolis seasons (and back then, a wisp of snow would bring forth the city’s trucks with a Pacific load of salt). Though the car was factory undercoated, in less than a year it had rust bubbles and pinholes around all four wheelwells, the top edges of both front fenders, and atop the headlight "eyebrows". Much to my and my friend’s dismay, as we had a 327/4spd & an early Nova posi axle looking for a home, Mom refused our offers and traded the Vega in unannounced for a ’72 Skylark. Curses.
    This one is perfect for a V8 conversion, yet if unrusted way too nice to cut up. I hope it finds a good home, as Vegas are emblematic of the era when GM was relearning how to build small cars- and of the Big Three + AMC, Chevrolet built the best looking little one, even if it was made of compressed rust. Cheers! -R

  4. Nice picture reminds me of the 1973 Vega that my brother had when he went back and forth to college with same color and same white stripe

    • traded a 1973 pontiac grand prix for a 1974 vega gt when the gas crisis hit in 84 with that short wheel base and the large tires it was a really rough riding car maybe it just seemed so after driving the grad prix thank fully crisis was short and traded for a 75 camero the next year

  5. An unrusted Vega? That’s about as common as a Volare with all its original sheetmetal! That being said I think the seller’s a bit high on his asking price. Sentimental value doesn’t translate to dollar signs. Besides that I’d rather have a Pinto anyway!

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