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1969 Volkswagen Beetle

“Papa Smurph”

1973 Chevrolet Vega GT

“Millionth Vega”

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About “Papa Smurph”

This is my first car. Others have come and gone, but Papa has been with me since high school. I restored him with my boyfriend at the time, and we had so much fun doing it, I married him!

About “Millionth Vega”

Bright Orange - Light Neutral interior

1 of 6,500 limited special editions of 427,300 1973 Vega production.
Production date - June 1973

140 CID (2.3 L) Aluminum Block Inline-4
4-Speed Manual Transmission

9,040 miles; documented, unrestored, original car including factory powertrain, factory acrylic lacquer paint, original interior and factory-installed dot-matching tires; factory-applied window sticker never removed. Car originates from Sunderland Chevrolet in Pa. (same dealer as my '76 Cosworth Vega). I first learned of the car in the mid 1980s, untitled with 80 miles, on display at Gast Classic Motorcars in Pa. I contacted the first titled owner in 2001, who was willing to part with the car a year later.
First titled owner (Illinois) bought Sept. 24, 1996 with 151 miles (titled new). I'm the second titled owner (N.Y) bought June 20, 2002 with 3,429 miles. In the 11 years I've owned the car, it''s been mainly driven to over forty shows and events and otherwise stored indoors as before.

Long Island Cars Shows, 2003 -'08 (Class-Stock 1970-'75)
Hagerman Firemans Park, Oct. 2003 2nd Place
Hagerman Firemans Park, May 2004 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY April 24, 2005 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY Oct. 2005 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY July 29 & 30 2006 1st Place
Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY Aug.5 & 6, 2006 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY Sept. 2006 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY Oct. 2006 2nd Place
P.A.G Sports Complex, Oct. 2006, 2nd Place
Belmont Race track, Elmont, NY Nov. 4 & 5, 2006 2nd Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY June 2007 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY April 6, 2008 1st Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY Sept.14, 2008 2nd Place
Nickerson Beach Park Sept. 21, 2008 3rd Place
note: did not attend 2009 -'12 events

Long Island Cars Shows, 2013 -'14 (Class-Stock 1970-'75)
Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013 2nd Place
Macarthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Aug. 25, 2013 2nd Place
Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY Oct. 6, 2013 1st Place
Macarthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Oct. 20, 2013 1st Place
Macarthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY April 6, 2014 2nd Place
MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Sept. 7, 2014 3rd Place

Antique Automobile Club of America (A.A.C.A.) NY Peconic Region Hallockville Meet
Trophy Winner - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
note: did not attend 2012 event

W. Islip Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show, 2007 - "People's Choice Award"

7th Annual Moose Classic Car Show, 2007 - 1st Place Class Winner

Motor Trend Classic magazine photoshoot - Amherst Massachusetts June 12, 2010 with a 1971 Gremlin and a 1972 Pinto for a retrospective comparison.
Motor Trend Classic Fall 2010 issue published August 10, 2010
Motor article preview and wallpaper released online September 7, 2010.

Hemmings 2010 New England Concours D' Elegance in Vermont
Cruise-in Spectacular, July 17, 2010 - "Favorite Original"
Concours D' Elegance, July 18, 2010 - "Best Preservation"
featured in Hemmings Motor News, Oct. 2010 issue in event coverage.

Car Domain/Castol EDGE "Unlock Your Performance" Contest Winner Oct. 2010 - video released Oct. 20.

Super Chevy Show- Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, Pa. July 16-17, 2011. "Show Class Winner'' & "Best Open Class"
featured in Super Chevy magazine, November 2011 in event coverage.

Long Island Camaro Club 19th Annual All Camaro Show 2012, "Long Island Camaro Club Platinum Award"

Hemmings Classic Car magazine photoshoot at home Nov. 15, 2012 - my '73 Vega GT & '76 Cosworth Vega
Hemmings Classic Car feature March 2014
Hemmings online feature March 2014

Lions Club of Cutchogue 43rd Annual Classic Auto Show, Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchoque, NY July 7, 2013 - Trophy Winner

1st Annual Studebakers, Stangs & Stingrays Classic Car Show, Hauppauge NY August 4, 2013 - 1st Place (Stock, 1973-'79)

L.I. Moose Classic Car Club Fundraiser Route 58, Riverhead NY Sept. 14, 2014 Trophy winner

Endless Summer Championship Car Show Splish Splash Water Park Calverton NY Sept. 21, 2014 (Stock '65-74) 2nd Place

New York AutoFest Bideaway Car Show Westhampton NY Oct. 6, 2014 Spectatators' Pick of the Show

New York AutoFest Sachem HS Car Show Farmingville NY Oct.12, 2014 (Stock '65-'74) 2nd Place

Long Island Antique Truck Assoc. Toy and Food Drive, Bald Hill, Farmingville NY Nov. 9, 2014


Specs for “Papa Smurph”

Just the basics. After all, it IS a VW Bug!

Specs for “Millionth Vega”

Dimensions - Capacities
Length: 172.3 in
Width: 65.4 in
Height: 50 in
Wheelbase: 97 in
Front track: 55.1 in
Rear track: 54.1 in
Ground clearance 4.8 in
Oil capacity w/filter 4 US Qt
Fuel capacity: 11.1 US Gal
Turning circle btw. curbs: 33 ft
Drag coefficient estimated by a-c: 0.42
Curb Weight: 2462 lbs

Aluminum Cylinder Block / Cast-Iron Cylinder Head
Engine manufacturer: Chevrolet
Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Cylinders alignment: Line 4
Displacement: 2287 cm3 / 139.6 cui
Main bearings: 5
Valves per cylinder: 2
Additional features: Holley 2-barrel; SOHC
Bore: 88.93 mm / 3.501 in
Stroke: 2.07 mm / 3.625 in
Compression ratio: 8 : 1
Power net: 85 hp / 4800
Torque: 115 ft-lb / 2400

Traction: RWD (rear-wheel drive)
Gearbox: Saginaw M20
Transmission type: manual
Number of gears: 4
Gear ratios (overall):
I 3.11 (9.08)
II 2.2 (6.42)
III 1.47 (4.29)
IV 1 (2.92)
Final drive ratio std: 2.92
Standard tires: A70 x 13 (GT)

Top speed: 106 mph
0-60 mph (s): 13.3
0- 1/4mile (s): 19.6
speed at 1/4mile: 73 mph
Fuel consumption: extra-urban / city / highway / average combined:
26-31 / 16-20 / 26-30 / 22.6

1973 Chevrolet Vega-
Motor Trend 1973 Economy Car of the Year (Vega GT)
Car and Driver 1973 Readers Choice Poll - Best Economy Sedan


Factory Options for “Papa Smurph”

AM Radio, heater

Factory Options for “Millionth Vega”

1HV77 Vega Hatchback Coupe - L4 2191.90
M20 - Transmission, 4-Speed 51.00
ZM6 - One Millionth Vega 497.55
- GT Package
- Power Steering
- Sport Stripes - white
- Custom Interior - w/ exclusive vinyl door panels
- Accent-Color Carpeting - orange
- "Millionth Vega" w/ Bowtie door handle accents
- Bright Orange Exterior
- Light Neutral Custom Vinyl Interior
U63 - AM Radio, Pushbutton 58.75
B84 - Moldings: Body Side. Includes Vinyl Insert 30.50
Factory Installed Options Subtotal 637.80
Destination Charge 54.00
Total Amount 2883.70

GM Underseat Litter Container-nos
GM Engine Block Heater-nos
GM Hatchback Hutch "Tent Go Camp"-nos

-Firestone A70-13 Wide-Oval Bias-Belted, raised white letters (4) factory-installed matching dot #s
-Firestone A70-13 Wide-Oval Bias-Belted, raised white letters (1) factory-installed matching dot #s orig equip. new spare
-Goodyear 185/70R13 Wingfoot Radial, raised white letters (4) on extra set of GT rims

Tires (nos-unmounted-in storage):
-Goodyear 185/70R13 Wingfoot Radial, raised white letters (1)
-Goodyear A70-13 Polyglas Bias Belted, raised white letters (5)

-Bright Orange available as a regular production Vega exterior color for 1974 model year.
-Vinyl Door Panels included with Custom Interior starting with the 1974 model year.


Mods for “Papa Smurph”

Radial tires

Mods for “Millionth Vega”



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