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The First Car Won on ‘The Price Is Right’ Had Major Issues

The First Car Won on ‘The Price Is Right’ Had Major Issues

A contestant who has won a brand new car on The Price is Right should look forward to having a sweet ride on their hands. Yet not all cars awarded to winners on the game show were in top form.

Bob Barker was doing his best as the show’s new host back in 1972. But giving away Chevy Vegas proved to be a menace… at least for whoever won them on the show way back in the day.

Among the problems inside the Chevy Vega included an aluminum engine that melted under a beating sun. Those engine issues sidelined a person’s ride for some time. Even worse, the car’s rear axle shafts would fall off all the time. Then, the car’s tires follow suit.

‘The Price Is Right’ Must Deal With Chevy Vega

Toss in a fire risk involving a Vega having an optional two-barrel engine, too. When overheating takes place, the muffler splits and releases exhaust fumes that get all over the fuel tank. With all of that taking place, you’d probably wonder why game shows kept using the Chevy Vega.

It wasn’t much longer until GM quit making the Vega in 1977. The Price is Right stopped offering it to people as prizes, but they turned their attention to other cars. This poor car saw rust problems hit its front fenders, rocker panels, and other areas around the car’s front. Finally, GM threw up the white flag and said enough.

No more Chevy Vegas and its problems were put to rest. Yet the problems would persist for Chevy Vega car owners until they either traded them in or left them on the side of the road.

Barker, though, still gave cars out on The Price is Right. Among the other ones given away include a Maserati Levante GT, an Audi e-tron GT, and a BMW 8 Series, Do You Remember reports. In 2013, a winner took home an Audi R8 V8 Spyder Quattro Tronic in 2013.

Bob Barker Was Host for 35 Seasons

From 1972 to 2007, viewers could tune into the CBS daytime game show and see Barker. He was Mr. Reliable as the host of The Price is Right. Barker already had made a name for himself by hosting another game show, Truth or Consequences, from 1956 to 1975.

When Barker decided it was time to retire, he helped to pick his successor. Lo and behold, comedian Drew Carey now fills the hosting duties. But there are still people who fondly recall growing up with Barker and his trusty microphone.

And yes, Carey and crew are still giving away cars to winning contestants.

After leaving The Price is Right, Barker continued to be a voice for protecting animals. He also famously played a golfer with a wicked punch in the Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore.

Barker made a couple more appearances on the game show after his retirement. Once he left The Price is Right, though, Barker enjoyed his time. In later years, Barker reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He died on August 26, 2023, at 99 years old.