Tin Worm: 1977 Chevrolet Vega Kammback Wagon – Sold!

Mar 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

Chevrolet’s Vega ended up making a great platform for hot rodder and drag racer’s alike, so if you’ve ever had the itch to create a V8-converted version of your own, this low-mileage Kammback listed on Craigslist in Castleton, New York may just fit the bill. With just under 59K original miles and in running condition, the current caretaker is asking $3,500. Checking the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Vega priced below the current “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $5,025, $7,500, and $13,350, respectively.  

A nicely style small car, Motor Trend named the Vega its Car of the Year in 1971, however problems with engine durability, overall reliability, and a lack of rust prevention quickly hung a dark cloud over the brand.  The propensity for the Vega’s 140 cubic inch all-aluminum engine’s cylinder sleeves to fail provided an ample supply of roller cars just itching to be hot-rodded in some form. By 1977, Chevrolet offered the much more reliable 231 cubic inch V6 as an option however the damage had already been done.  While Vega coupe and hatchback production ceased at the of 1977, the Kammback lived on as the rebadged Monza wagon.

Our only concern with this low-mileage Vega is the owner’s definition of “surface rust” as the pictures provided seem to indicate the tin worm may have already damaged the wheel arches to the point of needing metal patch repair.  While prices of these good looking two-door shooting brakes is on the rise, we’d go the old-school/new-school route by completing a V8 transplant. However, that V8 would be of the more modern LS variety.  Whichever path you decide to take with this Vega, good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1977 Chevy Vega wagon. Good condition for the type of car and year. It has 59,000 original miles on the body. There is a Buick v-6 in it with less than 40,000 miles on motor. It’s a automatic trans. The car has a little surface rust in spots. Never been restored before. The doors don’t drop when you open them. No rot under hood. Under neath is just as solid. Nice car for hot rod with a v-8 and 4-speed trans..this is a survivor. $3500. O.b.o. Drive it home today….clean title in hand. Also I do have other Vegas for restore or parts. I do have rebuildable small block chevy motors and do have 4- speed trans too. Willing to sell for the right price.

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