Have You Seen This Vega?
With the recent tidbits of old show cars in HRD, I have this 1971 Vega panel wagon that was in the May 1974 HOT ROD in coverage of the Detroit Autorama and also in the 1975 Hot Rod Show Annual. It was one of those cars that was never put together to run but just to show. The past few years I have cleaned it up best I could (cracked lacquer paint, original leather interior, and all the stainless and chrome). I built a new engine myself (I used to have an engine shop) with the original Isky cam and gear drive, and I refurbished the blower and hat, which I set up to run E85. I take it to shows and cackle it now. I’m still digging for build history and hoping to get some from your readers. It was owned and built (commissioned?) by Harvey Colson from Carol Stream Illinois. I’m in Machesney Park, Illinois. Leads keep coming up dead ends.
The black-and-white photo shows how the car looked at the 1974 Autorama. HRM’S caption for the photo read: “Slightly sensational Vega of Harvey Colson has a blown small-block tucked under the windshield. The Carol Stream, Illinois, subcompact is a cross between a drag and show machine, as plush interior by Mcfall & Schubatt of Iowa City Iowa, will testify. Pennington Collision did bodywork and Color Creations of Cayuga, Indiana, did the paint.”