Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Chevette
The ’79 Monza wagon we saw last week was a choice specimen of Malaise Era misery, to be sure, but how did the [s]Vega[/s] Monza compare to the Chevette?
Let’s say it’s 1977, you’re a Chevrolet shopper, and you want something that doesn’t gulp the fuel like a Caprice or Chevelle. The Chevette Scooter listed for a staggeringly cheap $2,999, while the cheapest possible Vega sold for $3,249. The Chevette had a 57 (!) horsepower engine, while the four-cylinder Vega/Monza packed a somewhat mightier 84 horses under the hood.
The Vega handled better, the Chevette got better fuel economy, and both looked most appropriate in 70s brown paint.
I’m just shocked that an early Chevette stayed on the street long enough to see the second decade of the 21st century before getting crushed.
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Why can't any of the junkyard near me have anything like this? Where are these junkyards?!