Kids who know early on that they are car lovers will often spend time when they should be doing schoolwork drawing things like this outlandish Chevrolet Vega. Long gone is the little four-banger that would have propelled this once economy car, and in its place is a powerful, robust GM Performance LS3 V8 cranking out 430 horsepower, for a raucous bit of fun.
The exterior of the Chevrolet Vega has been treated to a shiny coat of white paint. Front and rear chrome bumpers have either been re-plated or replaced. Stainless trim appears to be in good nick. Fifteen-inch polished American Racing Torq Thrust II wheels are wrapped in raised-white-letter BFGoodrich rubber. Behind those wheels are massive cross-drilled brake rotors clamped by polished Aerospace brake calipers. Keeping the rubber planted on the ground is UMI Performance suspension with upper and lower control arms.
In the Chevrolet Vega’s engine bay lies the GM Performance LS3, fitted with a retrofit Holley oil pan, and fed by a polished air intake. An AFCO custom aluminum drag radiator and fan shroud keep things cool. Spent gasses exit through 2.5-inch dual exhausts and Magnaflow mufflers. The LS is backed up by the 4L60 transmission and a Ford nine-inch rear end with a 4.11 Positraction rear gear. An Aerospace brake booster feeds the disc brakes.
Inside the Chevrolet Vega is a fresh red vinyl interior. Front bucket seats look showroom new. Plain Jane door panels have been dressed up with carbon fiber sections. In the dash are a modern Kenwood stereo head unit and the controls for the Vintage Air climate control. The floor-mounted shifter appears like a traditional T-handle topped with a white ball. Original gauges have been replaced with Dakota Digital units.
If this cool little Chevrolet Vega sounds like it is your cup of tea, you can find it on offer at the Mecum Glendale, Arizona sale March 18th-20th.