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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – What do you think of this RX-7 Vega Frankenstein? (Oh yea!)

Jim Brennan January 17, 2015 For Sale, Weekend Edition 25 Comments

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Combing through the Craigslist Listings has been quite an experience for me, and every time I think I’ve seen everything, something new and incredibly wonderful magically appears… Like this Chevrolet Vega that sits on top of what was once a Mazda RX-7. How cool is that? And the magical part comes from the fact that it is currently for sale…


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The images in the Sacramento Craigslist Listing is just awful, so I decided to find one of the original articles published on Speedhunters… and now you can take a look at … The original article is by Mike Garrett, and the photography is the usual brilliant work you expect from the Speedhunters Web Site. But let’s get back to the Craigslist Listing for a moment… According to the listing:

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I have a 1994 Mazda rx7 FD with a 1971 Chevy vega body sittin on top…. So a rotary smog exempt twin turbo. Street legal. Less then 4500k mikes on car since built. 13 lbs of boost. Turbo runs parallel
Has ac. Custom roll cage, And custom rx7 interior.
You have to see this in person to really appreciate.

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Im asking 13k obo. Make me a offer. I’m also interested in possible trade for something like another rare car or hot rod. Even motorcycle. / jeep/ Prop 215 friendly also. Will trade for units.

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OK, so what the hell does trade for units mean? Anyway, $13K does not sound unreasonable for one of the more unique rides I’ve seem on the web in quite some time. e, and tell me what you think about this Vega RX-7 Combo…

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  • I like the Camaro split front bumper look.

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    • I love 2nd Gen split bumper Camaros. I prefer the factory treatment with the round turn signals and the flared grille. That is a standard model with the split bumper mounted.

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      • Yeah, I chose that pic because the car didn't have the turn signals (are they really inboard of the head lights?) and so looked more like the Vegarexseven. Plus the lights under the bumpers matched, too.
        It's actually an awkward, Down's Syndrome look to not have the turn signals in there on the Camaro, but the Vegrexseven has a wide enough grille to take up the space.

    • 7FIAT's Later

      I was lucky enough to own a SBC converted Vega and I split the grill, so much better looking.

  • mac350

    I always thought that the Vega coupe was a good looking car with nice proportions. This build looks very sanitary and has a lot of cool details. The engine compartment looks very tidy. I'm pretty sure that it has a lot more in it in parts and labor than $13K. I think I'd like to see it up close and personal before making a commitment…kind of like a first date.

    • dukeisduke

      They are good looking cars, and the suspension design and low roll center gives very good handling, especially with the front and rear sway bars on the GT. I enjoyed driving mine in the twisties, especially with a good set of tires like the Continental Super Contact CH51.

      • mac350

        Back in 1972 I bought a new V6 Capri and a friend bought a loaded silver Vega GT with the hounds tooth seat inserts. We would trade cars with each other a lot. I admired the handling of the Vega – it felt very balanced and neutral in corners. I'm not sure what the stock tires were but they seemed to grip very well. The Capri had better acceleration but not quite as good handling – not bad but not as balanced as the Vega. Unfortunately, the Vega began having mechanical problems and my friend traded it in on another car. My Capri kept soldiering on for many more years.

  • Not a fan of the home made body kit, but otherwise love it.

    • smalleyxb122

      Agreed. The ground effects are an affront to my aesthetic sensibilities, but I like FDs, and I like early Vegas, so I'm finding very little else to dislike with this build.

  • "Units" is code for guns.

    • nanoop

      Are you sure? That car has 4500 mikes on it, so I'd guess 'units' is for amplifiers.

      (I am not the one who pries on typos and autocollect, but this one was fun to picture!)

      Edit: '4500k mikes', of course.

      • Preludacris

        Pretty much has to be guns. The one thing you're not allowed to trade on craigslist.

        • Juliet C.

          I pretty much assume anything I don't understand on CL is references to guns…….or sex.

          • Preludacris

            Take out the craigslist and the guns and your statement applies directly to my life.
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  • Somebody finally found a way to address all the Vega's problem areas.

    • Van_Sarockin

      I thought the door hinge pins were a chronic failure point?

      • dukeisduke

        The only problems I had with mine were that the upper pins would start to slide out (they were driven up from the bottom). Every once in a while I would have to open the door and use a hammer to tap the pins back into place. The lower pins were driven down from the top, so they weren't a problem.

      • Well, and there's also the whole body rust problem. But it made for a good, snarky comment.

  • In these builds, I can't help but think there's an RX-7 body on a Vega platform somewhere. My brain wants to balance out the universe and so it instantaneously opens that possibility.

    Perversely, I'd roll up to a show in an RX-7 bodied Vega just because it's wrong. I'd probably dog this car all over the circuit with a shit eating grin and no satisfactory explanation.

    If you'll excuse me, I have to go put a Beetle drivetrain into a Tornado.

  • craigsu

    I'm more amazed that he found a Vega body shell that hadn't already rusted and returned to earth.

  • dukeisduke

    I could do without the goofy aero bits and the homemade dash, but the RX-7 swap is cool. Early on, GM intended to put a rotary in the Vega, so this makes sense.

    • Vairship

      Next up is an RX-7/Citroen GS swap?

  • Van_Sarockin

    I kind of admire the project, in it's completely ridiculous juxtaposition. But the more I think about those kludgy ground effects bits, I can't help but think they may have been required to ease the joint between body and platform. Which makes me wonder what happened that the RX7 body wasn't sufficient to continue on? Is it caged, because there might be a flexural differences between those bodies. Also, not so wild about the dash.

  • cap'n fast

    remember that this is a rx-7 with a 71 vega body shell. it would handle like an heavy rx-7. raise vin plate, slide rx7 under and weld in place. great way around CARB nazis. very clean package and well finished, nice craftsmanship. I wonder how it is insured. 71 vega?

  • Juliet C.

    I think it's ickier looking than a stock vega, and ickier to own than a stock RXy.

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