1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

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    1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    I ran across this little gem.

    1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    With 4,925 original miles. Looks to be a collector selling it from his collection. Not sure of the collectability and value, but almost near museum originality and condition.


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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

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    Car and Driver said in August 1973: "Cosworth Vega 16-Valve. More than an engine. A taut-muscled GT coupe to devastate the smugness of BMW 2002tii's and 5-speed Alfa GTV's. A limited run of 4000 machines, each one built away from the tumult of the assembly line to precision tolerances, as a show of technical force by Chevrolet. All of them will be collector's items."

    The magazine's History of 0-60 article said a 1974 pre-production Cosworth Vega's time of 7.7 seconds was the fastest that year. Testing a 1975 model, the magazine said: "The outstanding feature of the Cosworth Vega is its excellent balance. Roll-stiffness distribution is ideal, with little understeer entering a turn, and just the right amount of drift from the tail as you put your foot down to exit . . . Through the woods or down a mountain, the Cosworth is a feisty aggressor willing, if not altogether able to take on the world's best GT cars."

    Motor Trend magazine's test of a 1975 version said it "goes like the proverbial bat out of Carlsburg Caverns [...] At moderate speeds, the car is as close to neutral handling as any American car I have ever driven..."

    Road & Track test of a 1976 model said: "The Cosworth Vega's handling is very good [...] All the drivers agreed that it is a far better handling car than those Vega derivatives such as the Monza that have been fitted out with V6 or V8 engines [...] We can't resist saying that with the Cosworth Vega engine, the Vega now runs the way it should have run all the time—easy, smooth, good response, good handling: a nice balance between performance and economy. Sweet as it is however, the Cosworth Vega is still way down the excitement ladder from what it would be with another 30 or 40 bhp. Then it would really be something."

    Road Test magazine, in its 1976 "Supercoupe Shootout"—Alfa vs. Mazda vs. Lancia vs. Saab vs. Cosworth Vega—said: "The results are in Figure 2. Read 'em and weep, all you foreign-is-better nuts, because right there at the top, and by a long way at that, is the Cosworth Vega. It had the fastest 0-60 time, the fastest quarter-mile time, and tied with the Saab for the shortest braking distance".[9]"The Cosworth is American, and a collector's item, and it came close, damn close to winning the whole thing."[10]

    Car and Driver chose the Cosworth Vega as one of the "10 Best Collectible Cars" in its fourth annual Ten Best issue, saying: "We're talking about historical significance here."

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    There's a beat up one near me on CL, and I keep thinking it'd be sweet to restore and have, but it's listed as "Missing Title" so I don't want to deal with that, such a shame, I've been searching for a vega to play with and that would be sick to have!

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    Didn't the cosworth have a small V-8? how much HP?

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    The vehicle never met with much success. At the time it was said the bumper laws and weight destroyed the concept...

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    Quote Originally Posted by LS7-454 View Post
    Didn't the cosworth have a small V-8? how much HP?
    It had a twin-cam engine, 2.0L inline-four, EFI, 16-valve, 110 hp

    If I were to indulge, I'd opt for the 1976. I have a soft sport for these!
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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    Lotsa problems with those engines.
    When I worked at the Chevy dealer we had one of them for MONTHS with engine issues.
    It sat in pieces the entire time I worked there.

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyspaw View Post
    It had a twin-cam engine, 2.0L inline-four, EFI, 16-valve, 110 hp

    If I were to indulge, I'd opt for the 1976. I have a soft sport for these!
    OK now that I think about it I was thinking of the chevy monza. IIRC I almost pulled the trigger on a '79 monza with the 262 V8?
    That was a long time ago...

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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    Quote Originally Posted by LS7-454 View Post
    OK now that I think about it I was thinking of the chevy monza. IIRC I almost pulled the trigger on a '79 monza with the 262 V8?
    That was a long time ago...
    262 V8 was dropped after 1976. 305 V8 was the only V8 option 1977-1979 (130-145 hp)
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    Re: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

    I learned how to drive stick in my Dad's 1975 Cosworth Vega that he purchased new and still owns.
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