Thursday, February 20, 2014
History of the Chevrolet Vega - the little car that did everything well
The lightweight Vega was also popular as an upfitted muscle car or drag racer. Racing superstars like Grumpy Jenkins and Bruce Larson tore up the drag strips in Pro Stock Vegas, and companies like Baldwin-Motion and Yenko were beefing these cars up with big V8s and superchargers. This newspaper advertisement from Baldwin-Motion is trying to sell 350, 427, and 454-c.i. street-legal Vegas. Can you imagine what kind of beasts those would have to be? Today, these special Vegas are not only rare, but they tend to command more attention at car shows than contemporary Mustangs, Camaros, and Chevelles.
The Chevrolet Vega was a very significant piece of automotive history. On one hand, it was a bold, innovative step for General Motors during the infancy of small car popularity. On the other hand, it was plagued with enough issues that it did harm the company’s reputation as a serious source for these types of cars. History hasn’t been kind to the Vega, but at one time, it ruled the American small car landscape. Pictures of Vega advertisements are in the slideshow below, or click this link for a nicer version.