Ed Cole formed a GM corporate design team exclusively for the Chevrolet Vega headed by William Munser, who had worked on the 1967-69 Chevrolet Camaro. Power brakes and a tilt steering wheel were new options. RARE - 75 Pontiac Astre 2 door coupe hatchback - all original 140 cubic inch 4 cylinder motor, 1 bbl carburetor, 250 turbo hydra-matic automatic transmission. It debuted in the U.S. for the 1975 model year, competing wi.. 1977 Astre models also featured a new vertical design grill and aluminum wheels (13-inch) were a new option. It was available only in Canada in 1973 & 1974, but became available at U.S. Pontiac dealers for the 1975 model year. 1975 Pontiac Astre GT 2 door Hatchback Coupe Dealership Showroom Cardboard Poster. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The Sunbird Safari wagon continued for its final year with a revised vertical styled grill. "Introduced to the American consumer in the fall of 1970, the car has undergone substantial changes, but even in last year's confused market situation, it was obvious that a new configuration was necessary to fill the up-market needs of the potential Vega buyer who was less than enthusiastic about the car's basic styling and appointments. 1974-77 models have first generation Firebird-styled taillights on the Notchback and Hatchback. 1971-77 Chevy Vega 1975-77 Pontiac Astre Hatchback Rear Quarter Window Seals. Safari: 4 Door Stn Wgn 6 Psgr: 127 in. $169.98. 1975 Pontiac Astre SJ All Engines Hatchback, Molded, For 2-Door Hatchbacks, Replaces OEM #9883773/4, 139-1/2 in Long, With Clips R&L 1975 - 1977 Pontiac Astre … It has steel panels in place of the rear-side glass, and an additional enclosed storage area. A budget "S" series was added during '75. The brake system features front disc brakes with solid rotors, and rear drum brakes. A Panel delivery based on the wagon was sold through the 1975 model year. A modest facelift included a revised grill. $171.59 ☛free Shipping☚ ☛free Shipping☚ 1971-73 Chevy Vega★solid Rear Bumper★az Parts. The Pontiac Astre is a subcompact automobile that was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. The NotchbackSedan had the lowest price and is the only Vega model with an enclosed trunk. ", Car and Driver in a 1975 Pontiac Astre SJ review, Don Sherman said, "For $180 over the price of a Vega, the Astre features upgraded interior trim-primarily the items for which Chevrolet charges $134 in their custom interior. Seller assumes all responsibility for this listing. The level of finish and overall quality was about equal in both, so inevitably, the final decision—which is best?—must come down to subjective considerations. The Notchback Sedan had the lowest price, has more rear seat head room than the hatchback, and is the only model with an enclosed trunk.The Safari Wagon has more cargo capacity and a swing-up liftgate. $5.99. Research 1976 Pontiac Astre 2 Door Hatchback prices, used values & Astre 2 Door Hatchback pricing, specs and more! Other styling differences compared to the Vega include — 1973 model Astres have a black-finish grill and clear parking lamp lenses on all models, and chrome headlight bezels on non-GTs. Built on the H-body platform, the car was available in hatchback, notchback, wagon, and panel delivery body styles. wb: V8 cyl. A torque-arm design rear suspension replaced the four-link design starting with the 1976 models. Astre was introduced in the US September 1974 as a 1975 model, and gave Pontiac dealers a needed fuel efficient subcompact. 68. 2 Door Coupé: 124 in. Power brakes and a tilt steering wheel were new options. Jack R 13,357 views. The Pontiac Astre is a subcompact automobile that was produced by the Pontiac division of General Motors. Initially marketed in Canada for model years 1973-1974, the Astre debuted in the U.S. for the 1975 model year, competing with other domestic and foreign subcompacts that included the Mercury Bobcat and Toyota Corolla. "But help is on the way: Pontiac engineers are redeveloping the old Chevy II cast-iron four as a proper future engine for the Astre, and this car is scheduled to get Monza's trailing-beam rear suspension in 1976. If you have any questions give Gary a … Bad luck :( This site, like most others, needs JavaScript to function properly. The Hatchback Coupe featured a lower roofline and a fold-down rear seat. It added a little over $400 to the price of the Astre but dealers felt the difference in looks was worth the price. The Astre was cancelled with the Vega at the end of the 1977 model year. A modest facelift included a revised grill. 1977 models featured Pontiac's 151-cid (2.5-liter) inline-4 engine with a cast-iron block and head with overhead valves (OHV). Dubbed the 'Lil Wide Track, it was the creation of Jerry Juska of Dymar to help with lackluster Astre sales. 1975 Pontiac Astre; 1975 Pontiac Astre Hatchback Coupe; All pictures; 1975 Pontiac Astre Hatchback Coupe. Astres were confined to a single series for 1976, but they were refined with extensive engine, chassis, and body integrity improvements. General Motors, recognizing a real trend in the falling sales of big cars, then decided to use the Vega/Monza concept to its fullest and and market a small car in three of its divisions based on either the Vega or the Monza, creating the Oldsmobile Starfire and Buick Skyhawk. Pontiac Astre hatchback, inimal to no rust. $3.95 An auxiliary front passenger seat was optional. Sliding in and starting the engine was a revelation because its so quiet and smooth compared to the Vega. More than 267 changes were made including new High-energy electronic ignition system and a catalytic converter. Pontiac Astre Hatchback 140-1 Hydra-Matic (aut. Both the cylinder block and cylinder head are cast-iron. Standard in the Astre and Sunbird, they were the first GM vehicles to utilize the engine which was widely used into the 1990s. Copyright © 2001-2020 en.pontiac-club.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontiac_Astre. Printed in glossy color. It was available only in Canada in 1973 & 1974, but became available at U.S. Pontiac dealers for the 1975 model year. Sitting for 26 years, air interior. "Everything you're likely to rub against, in fact, has the plush, expensive feel of a Ventura SJ or even a Grand Prix SJ. The Astre shared the aluminum-block 2.3 liter inline-four engine with the Vega through 1976, while the final 1977 models used Pontiac's all-iron 2.5 liter inline-four engine. "Considering the fact that the sole powerplant for the Astre is the noisy and asthmatic SOHC 140 cid inline four-cylinder Vega engine, we had expected our test car to have a four-speed manual gearbox, but it wasn't meant to be: like almost everything else in California these days, our test Astre had an automatic transmission." An auxiliary front passenger seat was optional. The Astre is a rear wheel drive vehicle with a live rear axle. U.S. Pontiac dealers finally had a subcompact to sell when the Astre made its U.S. debut for the 1975 model year. It was a corporate car, not a divisional one. The "Formula" option was also introduced for the Astre's final year, which included the handling package, chrome valve cover, three-piece spoiler, Formula T/A steering wheel and special decals. The Pontiac Division was given its own version of the Vega for the Canadian market, named Astre for the 1973 model year. An estimated 3000 Lil Wide Track Astres were ordered by dealerships. "John R. Bond, the recently retired editor of Road & Track, once caused himself and GM a peck of trouble with the Federal Trade Commission by calling the Vega the best handling sedan from Detroit in the pages of his magazine, and though he may have been stretching the point a bit, the Vega/Astre does handle awfully well, provided there are no bumps in the road. RARE - 75 Pontiac Astre 2 door coupe hatchback - all original 140 cubic inch 4 cylinder motor, 1 bbl carburetor, 250 turbo hydra-matic automatic transmission. 1974-1977 models have first generation Firebird-styled taillights on the Notchback and Hatchback. Steering is of a recirculating ball type with a power assist option. The Astre shared the aluminum-block 2.3 liter inline-four engine with the Vega through 1976, but the final 1977 Astre models were built exclusively with Pontiac's all-iron 2.5 liter inline-four engine. The 1975 Astre, introduced in the United States September 1974, gave U.S. Pontiac dealers a needed fuel efficient subcompact. "The Astre aced out the Skyhawk on the skid pad, though, and it is not so much a reflection of the car's handling as it is the balance and more (relatively) precise steering. A hatchback is a vehicle that opens from the rear via an upward-swinging door. The package includes a front air dam, rear spoiler, appliance wire mag rims, window louvers, a chrome exhaust tip, and bright stripe decals for the hood, body sides, rear spoiler, door handles, and wheel centers. Dubbed the 'Lil Wide Track, it was the creation of Jerry Juska of Dymar to help with lackluster Astre sales. Transmissions are the 3 and 4-speed manual, 5-speed manual with overdrive (1976–'77 option) and the 3-speed automatic. Lutz, FL . Offered By: Classic Auto Showplace Advertiser since 2000. A unique Astre package was offered in 1975. 1971-77 Chevy Vega Sedan 1975-77 Pontiac Astre Coupe Rear Quarter Window Seals. 3) , model year 1974, version for North America Canada (up to September) manufactured by Pontiac in USA ; 3-door hatchback body type; RWD (rear-wheel drive), automatic 3-speed gearbox Pontiac Astre Built on the … To the extent that the progeninitor of the lot is the Vega, they are all variations on its theme, and since none of the B-O-P boys market a Monza-car and a Vega-car, we decided that a comparison test was in order." Minimal to no rust. 1975 Pontiac Astre Brochure Folder Hatchback SJ Safari Wagon Excellent Original. A Panel delivery based on the wagon was sold through the 1975 model year. The noise level of the Astre was somewhat higher than we expected; the engine is the culprit here; the insulation against road noise was very good. The Astre debuted in the U.S. for the 1975 model year competing with other domestic and foreign subcompact cars including the Mercury Bobcat and Toyota Corolla. More than 267 changes were made including new High-energy electronic ignition system and a catalytic converter. The body received extensive anti-rust improvements. The result was the Monza, which uses a slick body and Vega mechanical components to create its image. 6 0. Pontiac's own small car program had been rejected. Production was later switched from an old warehouse in suburban Detroit to a factory beside theLordstown Assembly Vega/Astre plant. Image specifications: Resolution: 3848×2579 @ 72×72 DPI 135.75×90.98cm Filesize: 8.36 MB; Added by: Cadillac, 4 months ago; Picture status: Accepted. ", Car and Driver in its 35th anniversary issue in 1990, amusingly recalled the Astre U.S. debut: "Detroit Fights Back - The Pontiac Astre is introduced. Rear wheel drive, AC, manual windows and door locks. 1974 Pontiac Astre Hatchback The 1974 model year brought the only major body design changes, due to revised front and rear 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumper standards-A slanted header panel with a new split grill and recessed headlamp bezels complement the larger, front 5 mph aluminum bumper. ""The Astre and Skyhawk are both hard cars to dislike, dispite the complaints we had about both of them. Astres were also built at the GM of Canada plant Sainte-Thérèse Assembly in Quebec. Sorry, your browser does not support JavaScript! It shared the Vega's aluminum-block 2.3 liter inline-four engine through 1976, while the final 1977 models used Pontiac's all-iron 2.5 liter inline-four engine. Pontiac 1975. Astre's French to English meaning - Star, Road Test April 1975, "Varations On A Vega Theme"—The Chevrolet Vega (Pontiac Astre) and Monza (Buick Skyhawk) meet head to head in GM's marketplace...which will win?—Chevrolet Vegas are everywhere; like the Volkswagen Beetle or the Model T, they have become cult cars, accounting for a very large slice of the domestic small-car market pie." it has a chevy 400 small block thats been bored. On Sep-19-15 at 16:37:17 PDT, eller added the following information: Pontiac Astre hatchback, lso called a Vega by some. The front suspension is short and long control arms with coil springs; the rear suspension is a four-link design with coil springs. The interior included Premier plaid cloth and vinyl trim on deep full-foam seats. All images have their owners. Chevy Vega Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. $8.95 + $3.89 shipping . The Astre was cancelled with the Vega at the end of the 1977 model year. 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