5k: Pro Street: 1971 Chevrolet Vega V8

A few weeks back, I published a story about a Vega that was modified in the vintage drag style and I said that I hated the wheels and suggested a set of Minilites and a thorough lowering job.  A few commenters pointed out that this was a pro-stock nostalgia style drag car and the wheels were appropriate, but I still maintain that the wheels were hideous and needed to be thrown into a fire.  This next feature, on the other hand, doesn’t need new wheels and looks much better.  Find this 1971 Chevrolet Vega V8 currently bidding for $4,550 reserve-not-met on eBay with 1 day to go, located in Arlington, TX.

This Chevrolet Vega was a subcompact econobox sold from 1970 through 1977 with a variety of available inline-4 cylinder engines.  For years Vegas have been available for next to nothing and many have been turned into V8 powered monsters.

Power up front comes from a healthy 283 cubic inch small block V8.  The seller doesn’t specify the cams, heads or compression ratio that could help you determine power level, but something north of 300 horsepower should be easy to tease out of this V8.

The interior actually looks decent and features a simple set of slightly worn Recaro sport seats and a few extra gauges.  It isn’t perfect, but it should get the job done.

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