5k: 1972 Chevy Vega Pickup w/Buick Turbo V6

This car was so special that we had to generate a new badge at the daily turismo, the ‘riddler.’  This is for those special cars where we don’t know if we should laugh, cry, find our check book or call the police.  A proper riddler is truly the work of genius/madmen and this 1972 Chevy Vega “Pickup” with a Buick Grand National turbo V6 drivetrain swap is for sale in Blackwood, NJ for $1875 bidding (reserve not met) on ebay.

First – lets get this cleared up.  Chevrolet never made a ‘factory’ Vega pickup.  They made a notchback, hatchback, wagon and ‘panel’ van version, but never did they produce any VegaCaminos.  With that part cleared up – we want to get to the next item which is the add…it has all the stuff we love in an advertisement:  Recently washed (still wet!) car in photos, check.  CAPSLOCK SHOUTING, CHECK.  SIDEWAYS PHOTOS…oops forgot to turn capslock off, check.  Limited information on a project that should include multiple pages of PowerPoint with flowcharts of ‘how we got here from a stock vehicle” & “who do we buy methamphetamine from”, check.


All joking aside – we do love the choice of powerplants for this riddlers delight. The stock Vega 2.3 liter inline 4 cylinder alloy-engine with cast iron heads (i’m sorry…what…did Chevy give the drawings to the supplier up-side-down?) generated an emissions choked 90 horsepower.  The replacement engine is a 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 from the Buick Grand National – putting out 245 horsepower and 355 ft-lbs of torque mated to an undisclosed automatic transmission.  This should give the 2200 lb Vega a Corvette challenging power to weight ratio if the addition of the V6 mass is offset by the El Caminoing.

The ad describes the car as a ‘RACE CAR PROJECT’ and the dim photos of the interior show some nice and rusty race car un-carpeted floors and a single seat from something that isn’t a 72 Vega.  At least the dash and door cars seem to be intact – because we haven’t seen a Vega in a junkyard in years and interior parts are probably unobtanium these days.

We at the daily turismo love El Caminos…and we love projects…and this mean machine is part of each.  The only thing that tempers our enthusiasm is the automatic transmission.

Does this Vegamino GNX have enough awesome to belong in your garage?  At the current bidding price, somebody is gonna get a great deal.

See another frankenstienamino for sale?  email us here:  tips@dailyturismo.com