Sometimes weird is cool, and this is one of those times. Regular readers of the site will know that I’m a fan of GM’s older compact cars like the Vega, Monza and Chevettes. And since I’m also a big fan of wagons, there is nothing about a Vega wagon that I don’t like. I also happen to like El Caminos, and so this little car here kinda checks off a bunch of boxes. Starting life as a 1971 Vega Wagon, it was built into what you see here by a machinist in New York more than years ago. Unfortunately the original builder died last year, but the parts and pieces that went into it still live on and the car is in excellent condition.
According to the seller, the 1971 Vega wagon was a GT that has had the back cut off of it, but the rear hatch still used to make the back window area and the tailgate. It features a 4-speed Saginaw in front of a Corvair independent rear of all things, and is powered by a 350 with a mild cam, headers, and a Holley carb. Ralph Nader would run out in traffic to stop you from driving this thing, and maybe that makes it even better. If you are wondering how all that fits, and thinking the dimension look just a little off from stock, that’s because it has been lengthened just a bit in the middle. The fact that it does NOT use an Olds Toronado trans axle means that everything fits under the stock body which makes it look way better than some wide Frankenstein would.
If you are wondering what is going on under the hood, where that Small Block would traditionally reside, you’ll like the fact that custom aluminum paneling, covered in LineX looks clean and simple. The locking box is the best part though as it doubles as a built in ice chest. We approve. I think that this may be the mullet of automobiles, and I mean that in a good way. Business in the front, party in the rear, has never been more appropriate.
The interior has new seats, new carpet, new steering wheel, and more. As David the seller says, “THIS little car is a 1 of a kind. You will never see another one that even comes close.” I think he’s right.
Here is all the info from the seller: CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE ORIGINAL AD TO CONTACT DAVID THE SELLER