In the 70s around my neighborhood there were several Vegas that nobody wanted, especially the station wagon ones. “Haul it out here and it’s yours “. I did take advantage of that, besides them being rust buckets it’s biggest weakness was the engine. However there was a simple solution to them, sleeve the block with Buick steel sleeves. I rebuilt several of them successfully and actually acquired a liking to them. When the Cosworth came out of course they were so much more expensive that very few of them sold.
Years later I found a dealer in South Texas that had one that was brand new untitled. The dealer saw the interest I had in it and I bought the car for less than what he paid for it and he was obviously happy to get rid of it. It had several problems however the warranty had never been used so all the repairs were done under warranty. Including new tires. By then there wasn’t anybody left that could work on their fuel injection system. It left me stranded several times! I finally got a hold of somebody at Chevrolet corporate and told me that they were sending somebody from Houston to work on the injection system. Although the redline was at 9000 RPMs I used to be so upset with it that I would go beyond that hoping it would blow to get a new engine. The factory rep told me that they’re pretty much indestructible that would easily rev north of 14,000. I did gain lotta respect for it and enjoyed it the time I had it.
Years later in one of my travels through Texas I pulled into a gas station and there was a guy there with a 64 GTO same color as the Cosi black. He expressed a real interest in the car and right then and there he said he would be interested in swapping evenly. I thought he was really kidding but we did end up swapping titles.