Around 3000 made, but only 2 known to exist.
It won't let me copy the image link... but that rev counter looks like it's out of a 1990's Volvo... what's the deal. Definitely doesn't look very 70's GM.
What is the deal with these cars? Why so few produced... why does it seem more modern then it should be. 1975 with a SOHC 2.3L 4 cylinder?.... from General Motors?? Attractive woodgrain dash with modern looking gauges... The styling is almost good looking... like a mini Camaro/TransAm.
Sorry no pics and it wasn't the LWT.
Mine was a 1977 with the "Iron Puke" 4cyl and 4spd manual. I called it the Gorbie, because the paint peeling on the roof looked like Gorbachev's birthmark.
I actually liked the styling of the Vega/Astre and loved the low seating position. I bought the car for $100 in 1988, I smoke the clutch and it wasn't worth my time or money to fix it so I sold it for $120.
The good news: I gave up on being one of the cool kids!
Those 4-cylinders were by far one of the worst engines ever produced. If I remember correctly, it was GM's first aluminum block, but the pistons were steel, so when it warmed up, the aluminum would expand far faster than the steel, the engine would lose compression and burn oil like crazy.
...anyway, that's what my coworker tells me, who's owned a Vega with that exact 2.3
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Looks like a sweet alternative to a Cobra II.
Unfortunately the engines suffered from very forward thinking with poor execution. Non-sleeved aluminum blocks with iron heads, I believe.
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I'm sorry to disagree; but I like it. Sure, in todays world the Vega/Astre wasn't a very good car by any stretch of the imagination. I'll say one thing, however. I would love to take a car like this to a car show, because that is the type of car that people drove in the 70's. Something like this would get way more attention than a lot of other cars.
The cool thing about old cars is that they are representative of their times and should never be compared to modern vehicles. They need to be seen as a window into history of what the automotive scene was like.
The one for sale on e bay looks pretty nice.
The first car my mother ever bought for herself was a Pontiac Astre Wagon.
Anyway, that car is awesome. Excellent 70's graphics package, kind of cool looking, mesh wheels, and (most importantly for me) hated. I'm a sucker for an underdog.
Put it in a museum or something.
Originally Posted by Mk1MadnessOriginally Posted by EistreiberOriginally Posted by Tavarish
The number of these cars remaining in nice condition is tiny. Not just this special package, but all Vegas and Astres. For that reason alone, I really like seeing stuff like this. I'd rather go to a show full of this stuff than the same classic cars we've all seen a million times.
My dad bought a '74 Vega new, and still has stories about what a piece of junk it was. I believe it lasted four years total, from new to junkyard. The best part is, the car he traded in to buy it was a '69 Chevelle SS 396!