Why Didn’t Chevy Build This And Call It A Nomad?

Why Didn’t Chevy Build This And Call It A Nomad?

1976 Chevrolet Vega

Well, they actually did for a short time..but this car, with a small-block V8 added, is a more appropriate throwback to the Bel Air-based two-door wagon.

This is one heck of a sleeper – there are no visual clues to the added performance, unless you notice the Cosworth Vega alloys. We’d guess one listen to the idle will clue in bystanders, however.

This looks so clean, so well done. It’s in nearly perfect condition, too. We’d prefer a manual transmission, but since this Vega is built more for cruising, two pedals might be easier to live with.

It’s on eBay in Columbus for $13k or offer.

1976 Chevrolet Vega interior 1976 Chevrolet Vega engine 1976 Chevrolet Vega brown rear quarter 1976 Chevrolet Vega brown profile

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  • Robert Spinello

    Why didn’t Chevy build this?. Because when the Vega was introduced, Camaro V8 sales were so in the toilet, the Camaro was almost discontinued in 1972. Performance was out and efficiency was in. By 1975 however, GM did offer a fuel-efficient 262 V8 as an option in the Vega based Monza 2+2.(instead of a rotary which got worse mpg than the V8) and by 1977 a 305 V8 was offered. So GM did offer V8 subcompacts, but I don’t Chevy thought there would be a need for a V8 subcompact station wagon. A V6 was offered in the Vega-based 78-79 Monza wagon however.