1973 Chevrolet Vega

1973 Chevrolet Vega front view
The 1973 Chevrolet Vega's most popular
model was the hatchback coupe.

The 1973 Chevrolet Vega, like all 1973 Chevrolets, got a new impact-resistant front bumper to meet stricter government standards. Otherwise, 1973 Chevrolet Vega changes were confined mostly to improved shift linkages for the Saginaw transmissions.

The 1973 Chevrolet Vega continued with an all-two-door body lineup but in a choice of notchback, hatchback, and wagon form. The hatchback coupe remained the most popular body style. Chevrolet produced 266,124 1973 Vega hatchbacks and 102,751 wagons, but only 58,425 notchbacks.

The 140 cubic-inch four-cylinder engines returned with a choice of 72 or 85 horsepower. A new Holley progressive two-barrel carburetor was installed, and Vegas now rode radial tires.

As quality woes mounted, Chevrolet installed a revised head gasket in Vega's engines in an attempt to correct leakage problems. No comparable "fix" was devised to correct the car's tendency to rust prematurely with a haste that stunned owners in the snowbelt.

Prices for the 1973 Chevrolet Vega rose only a little, and strong sales got even stronger. Despite its flaws, the Vega was riding the rising tide of demand for thrifty small cars.

1973 Chevrolet Vega rear view
Chevrolet produced 266,124 units of the
1973 Chevrolet Vega hatchback model.

1973 Chevrolet Vega Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Vega
2,219-2,317
$2,087-$2,323
427,300

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