Have You Seen This Vega?

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Joe Lathrop

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.”

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