You hear that sound first. You look around – where is it? What is it? All you see is this strange little car pulling into the cruise in. But that thing just doesn’t sound right. You see this shiny black, little hatchback car with redline tires and pancake hubcaps. A wimpy little exhaust pipe pokes out beneath the rear bumper. A guy leans in and puts his hand over it. Yep, decoy.
Well folks, a long time ago, after the Chevy Vega had ran its course, GM came out with this other car for a few years. They called it the Chevette. You remember those?
Well, we were there when they were there. We can attest to the fact that we have never heard one like this one. This car looks like a sleeper at first glance but the truth comes out soon enough. There’s a big engine under that hood.
Once it is opened, it becomes an instant gearhead magnet. The crowd of gawkers looks in there – you wonder, how could that big engine fit in there? It’s an old school Big Block 427. Trust us – it fits in there. We were around when the Chevy Vega came out – that little tiny throwaway car, GM’s attempts at an economy car.
We still don’t know why GM built a little tiny car with frame rails wide enough to accept a BB Chev but they did it with the Vega and again with the Chevette. That big engine fits in there amazingly nice, like it belongs in there. Alright gearheads, what do you think of this? Why would anybody do this? Because they can?