The Chevrolet Vega had so much promise going for it. It looked like a mini-Camaro from the front, was handsomely proportioned, and seemed to be on course to be the first small car from an American manufacturer that would win over consumers in mass numbers. Hindsight, unfortunately, isn’t so kind: engines that would self-destruct, rust issues, assembly line issues that might have had something to do with GM brass running the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant at redline to crank out as many Vegas as possible all combined to take what had been a surprise hit and turned it into one of General Motors’ biggest botches of all time. When they were good, they were surprising. When they weren’t, they were coolant puking rot-boxes that junkyards wouldn’t bother holding on to for spare parts. Out of the roughly two million that were produced between 1970 and 1977, how many do you think are left in any condition whatsoever? Honestly, outside of the drag racers, very, very few. GM really stepped on their own when they couldn’t be bothered to actually put some effort into quality control, but bless them for glossing over the issues with a commercial like this.