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’73 Pontiac Astre

“Mother, there’s something wrong with the front of this Chevy Vega!” No Father, there’s nothing wrong with the front of this car, it’s something from the “You Don’t See One of These Every Day” department — the 1973 Pontiac Astre. Available only in Canada, as were many GM, Ford, and Chrysler products through the years, the Astre gave Pontiac dealers a car to do battle in the sub-compact market. The Astre, other than the front grille and badging, was basically a Vega with a bit nicer trim level. The U.S. market would get is own Astre beginning in model year 1975. You can view the original ’73 Astre brochure here.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

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  • Max

    I suspect that the Canadians had no more luck with the Astre than Americans did with the Vega. I had a neighbor in the late 70’s who was challenged with putting his 4 daughters – 1 year apart in age – through college and presented each with a used Vega. I didn’t know how that worked economically for him, but did see him with his head underneath the hood of at least one of those cars on weekends and over term breaks. His Vega fleet eventually expanded to 6 as a matter of survival; he kept the spares in the backyard for parts.

    BTW – to no surprise, there’s no Vegas in Chevy’s “100-Year anniversary campaign” clips. That’s not the kind of stuff to bring up at the party.