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Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

Chevy Vega and the Vert-A-Pac Rail System

1972 Chevy VegaRegardless of what you might think about the Chevy Vega, the engineering that went into moving the cars across the country was nothing less than brilliant.

Brief History of Horizontal Car Shipping

Before the Vega was created, cars were shipped in boxcars. The first boxcars could hold four cars, as large as full-size sedans. The 50-foot boxcars had two cars on the bottom and two cars on a steel rack. This might seem like an efficient way to move cars, because trains are more energy efficient than car-carrier trucks and trains can lug many boxcars all over the country. But, sadly, carrying four cars in a boxcar was extremely inefficient, because the maximum weight load was not reached. Boxcars can carry much more than four sedans.

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

Malaise Era: Definition and Examples

'74 Apollo Buick Malaise: This word comes from the combination of French words mal- and aise (which translates to ease). This word generally means a sense of being uneasy or feeling out of sorts. It usually involves the beginning of an illness or feeling less that healthy. The term “malaise” has come to designate the decade of cars produced between 1973 and 1983.

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

Beautiful Sports Cars from the 1970s

74 Lamborghini Countach

1974 Lamborghini Countach – Photo Courtesy of http://www.autozine.org

When thinking of the cars from the 1970s, it is easy to think of the hits and misses. While the 1970s brought us unforgettables (that we would love to forget) like the AMC Pacer and Gremlin, the Ford Mustang II and the Pinto, as well as the Chevy Vega and Chevette, there have been true unforgettables (for all the right reasons). The majority of the unforgettables came to us from Europe in the form of exotic sports cars. Many of the best cars from the 1970s look more like artwork, especially compared to the pieces that were coming out of American factories. These are a few of the best:

Sometimes the Ugly Car is the Best Car

Sometimes the Ugly Car is the Best Car

'73 AMC GremlinIn early years of the 1970s, several automakers released subcompact cars. Chevy had the Vega, Ford had the Pinto, and AMC had the Gremlin. The Pinto and the Vega were touted as attractive cars that were a joy to drive when they were first released. But the Gremlin did not get any kind of praise and most critics complained about the unfortunate exterior styling.

The Chevy Vega and What Could Have Been

The Chevy Vega and What Could Have Been

1972 Chevy Vega

Much has been written about the Chevy Vega and how it nearly destroyed General Motors. The economically priced Vega was designed to be the car for everyone. It came in practically every body style that a subcompact car with two doors could, including a notchback sedan, hatchback coupe, wagon, and paneled delivery wagon. General Motor’s engineers did everything they could to keep the car under the $2000 price tag; sadly, those engineering decisions are what made the car’s engine so unreliable and the exterior panels so quick to rust.