15 Months Gone: 1977 Chevrolet Vega GT Wagon – Sold?

Aug 2020 | Classifinds, NEW Award, Wagon Wednesday

August 26th Update – while updating our Wagon Wednesday listings, we confirmed the listing for this low mileage survivor Vega expired.  With a very high asking price, this isn’t the first time the seller simply let their ad run out without selling the car, so we have a feeling we will see another listing in the future. For now, we’re labeling this one “Sold?”

August 5th, 2020 Update:  When we first featured this very clean and original 1977 Chevrolet Vega Station Wagon in May of 2019, we were shocked by the $12,000 asking price.  Fast forward fifteen months and the same seller continues to offer their Vega with a brief descriptions and the same pictures from last year.  The only difference is they have lowered their former “$12,000 Firm” request to “$10,000 firm.”

I was downright shocked when I came across a Craigslist ad  in Charlton City, Massachusetts for a 1977 red over tan vinyl Chevrolet Vega GT Wagon 5-speed example with 73,000 original miles for, gulp, a firm $12,000! Did hell just freeze over?  Apparently not according to the NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide, which lists the non-Estate wagon models at $11,050 plus a ten percent premium for factory air conditioning.  Call me scarred from my early days of driving, but a $12,000 firm asking price for what we believe to be a Vega survivor earns our latest NEW! (No Effin Way!) award for such an optimistic price.

Full disclosure:  my family once owned one of these. The same year, only Dark Blue-Green Poly over Black Vinyl with an automatic and no air conditioning. In the early eighties, as I was entering college, my mom needed a cheap second-hand car that was decent on gas. A friend of the family sold her a then five-year-old Vega Wagon for $400.  While it was reliable (the completely redesigned 140 Duratec four-cylinder introduced in 1976 was a far better engine design than the original 1970 design) and I love the two-door “shooting brake” styling, it was also one of the worst cars I have ever driven and remains so to this day.  Back then I had visions of stuffing a V8 conversion kit in it but my dreams were bigger than my wallet.

Unfortunately, the private seller of this Vega provides a one-sentence description that doesn’t do much to help justify his optimistic asking price. Other than to say this example comes equipped with power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and the rare five-speed manual transmission, he simply describes his Vega as a “nice original car.”  So while the limited pictures appear to show a clean, straight, low mileage, and original example, we strongly encourage you to do your homework and complete a thorough in-person inspection before you plop down $12,000 firm.  That said, if you have your heart set on getting a late seventies Vega in original condition, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one better than this.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“4 cyl motor, power steering, power brakes, air cond., 5-speed transmission, real nice, original car, 73,000 miles,
$10000.00 firm. Calls only please

Do you have a Chevy Vega story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

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