I remember 1 night my friend and I were cruising around and stumbled upon a 302 Mustang, 4 spd and headers. The Cosworth engine produced 111 horsepower, versus 70 or 84 horsepower for a regular Vega. fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 10.5 l/100km / 26.9 mpg (imp.) No wonder the CV was a flop and GM went tits up. 4) Standard and Alternative Wheel and Tire Sizes, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. It even had a “Cosworth” option in the form of the Lotus engine with a dohc 16 valve head as used in the Jensen Healey and various Loti. It just ended up stillborn and not the first evolution of the Vega power plant towards something reliable and powerful, because it was neither of those, in production form. Even with a cat and a decent single exhaust, it would have been a well balanced ripper. Vega guru Robert Spinello's recently acquired #3466 Cossie, in Mahogany over Buckskin (eight additional exterior colors and two interior colors were … Its Lotus 16 valve engine also delivered on the promise of high performance, even if it was no more reliable or durable. Compared to my Alfetta it seemed similar performance and far faster and smoother than my own Vega GT. Decidedly slower than a BMW 320i. I did not have to be helped out of the car, but it was awful close to that. Even the original Lotus-Cortinas had Chapman-specified suspension; it wasn’t until later that cost-cutting removed all the fun bits. GM had the resources to include fuel injection, and they still couldn’t deliver a car that made sense in stock form. A sad end. 1973 is when GM had what they thought would be production-spec cars finalized for 1974 EPA emissions, but alas, the test cars all failed the 40,000 mile endurance test trials miserabley in regards to hydrocarbon emissions. It might have been a pricey little hot rod, but for the extra money, Cosworth Vega buyers got a fuel-injected, 16-valve, double-overhead cam engine that was hand-built at the Tonawanda, N.Y., plant. The It turned out to be the appropriate response to the CV. Who but GM could manage to wring such mediocrity from such promising ingredients while spending a tom of money. Regardless, the final product was doomed from moving goalposts. R&T starts off a bit less than positive, pointing out that the CV was several years late. Aimed at the genuine enthusiast generally enamored of the present small imported sportsters, the Cosworth Vega is a practical demonstration of the Vega’s vitality, design depth and versatility. “By mid-’72 this technological gem was spinning out 170 hp at 7600 rpm and 126 lb-ft at 4000 — heady stuff in a 2300-pound car — but part-throttle driveability was poor and emissions weren’t clean enough. commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such And, as this CC entry and the prior CV postings indicate, the buildup for this car, in certain car guy circles, was huge, even though the car was vaporware for such a long time (we now have the word for such a thing, though we didn’t at the time). Two words: halo vehicle. 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega. Finding a way to get it into production, they seized upon a promising little car with a subpar engine and no real performance variant, and they found a home for a pet engine project. Perhaps GM saw a potential better mainstream engine for the Vega, using twin cam technology. 5) Standard and Alternative Wheel and Tire Sizes, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 5-speed (man. ), full performance and economy data, or to compare up to 5 cars side-by-side - click one of the the buttons below: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. John was a very good driver and I think a few factors like gearing, good brakes, and tire size helped the Vega at Sears Point where most of our regional races were held in those days. manufactured by Chevrolet (USA) in United States, RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 4-speed gearbox. Being 80% of that BMW, If they could’ve gotten it out for 10% more than a standard Vega it would’ve offered value for money, particularly with Datsun having abandoned the 510’s niche with the fatter 610 and decontented 710. GM must have chalked up quite a loss on this turkey. You can still find these stashed away in garages, still waiting for that bubble, just like those last convertible Caddys from 1976. Had they done that, I have no doubt the Vega would have been a big success. A precursor to the many Toyotas, Hondas, and Mazdas that widely used such production engines, years later. I owned that car for 38 years, put over 100,000 miles on it and never had any engine work done, or rust on the car to this day. That timing would have been perfect (or at least a lot better). Here’s the rather painful summation: “with the Cosworth Vega engine the Vega now runs the way it should really have run all the time – easy, smooth, good response…” But expecting folks to pay more than double the price of a Vega to have a proper-running Vega was clearly not a viable proposition. I'm looking for a rear main seal and an oil pan gasket for my 1975 Cosworth Chevy Vega. ( original 4 speed Included!) And there was also the whole Corvette Wankel engine project going on about the same time, too. COE engines were making 270HP. 5) Horsepower/Torque Curve, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 5-speed (man. You do not acquire 4) Horsepower/Torque Curve, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. Quick access to automobile-catalog website -- type in a browser: The most efficient way to navigate through our huge database and compare cars side by side is the interface located on the, Catalogue of 610 car makes & manufacturers. All Rights Reserved. / 22.7 mpg (U.S.) / 9.7 km/l, more data. I should have bought one of the engines just to have as a display unit. I bought brand new as a leftover in 77 for $4800.. For those of us teenagers who lived as much in the minutiae of the car magazine test data pages as the actual driving of the cars (I raise my hand), the CV was an also-ran on the day it actually turned up. Sounds like a bad translation from another language. By May 1973, output was down to 130 hp and 116 lb-ft, but Car and Driver took a prototype to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds with a 16.2-second 85-mph quarter mile, proclaiming, “The only four-passenger coupes faster than a Cosworth Vega have a Detroit V-8 under the hood.” site. Can anyone direct me to where I can order parts? I’m using some shots of Ed’s CV in this post. Actually they should have just put in a Chevy V8 with aluminum heads, and call it good. But likely not the one the CV buyer got at the showroom. Maybe there were engineers who could have gotten the CV engine to work properly sooner, but they were assigned to the still-born Wankel engine, instead. For GM, who had built up such a following for this car, particularly in places such as C and D magazine, it seems likely they would have provided a particularly “perky” example for them to test. A 12 second 0-60 and an 18 1/2 second quarter mile would get killed, back in the day, by a contemporary 240Z, V-6 Capri, or any Mazda rotary, right out of the box. In 1975 the panhard bar was mounted in front of the rear axle and was not adjustable. The most efficient way to navigate through our huge database and compare cars side by side is the interface located on theCar Specs Homepage site (including ProfessCars™ and automobile-catalog.com™) are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other But it didn’t play out that way. site (including ProfessCars™ and automobile-catalog.com™) are protected under applicable copyrights, trademarks and other Catalogue of 610 car makes & manufacturers Indexed camshaft drive sprockets. Some product and company names mentioned on this site may be trademarks of their respective owners. It was rather like the TC by Maserati debacle at Iacocca’s Chrysler, or maybe even the ’84-’86 Mustang SVO. Still, it rankles that GM spent so much on this program that they couldn’t absorb the losses of selling the cars at prices that buyers would accept. The engine’s output at the time was 140 hp, and it did some rather impressive performance figures if I remember right. It is a limited-production version of the Chevrolet Vega, with higher performance. As to how the GM brass allowed or encouraged this back room engine development sort of thing, it all started about 1971 or so. It was my friend’s SCCA Showroom Stock A race car and fairly competitive albeit a tad slower than the 280ZX, RX7 and TR8 (yes, all in the same class) that dominated here on the West Coast. fuel consumption and mileage: average estimated by a-c©: 10.4 l/100km / 27.3 mpg (imp.) I have to agree with Ed. Car and Driver tested a late production Cosworth Vega 5-speed and recorded a 17.4 second elapsed time in the quarter mile, which is consistent with a 0-60 time in the mid-to-low 10 second range. What happened? The first was by me back in 2012, and not surprisingly, a GM Deadly Sin (#27), titled “Too Little, Too Late, Too Expensive”. And no, a 16 valve twin cam engine was never going to be the main Vega engine. The Lotus head Vauxhall engine was a scam run on the FIA to try and beat the Escorts in rallying; none of the production versions had the Lotus head, and it got them kicked out of WRC during inspection 1978 Portugal. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx; In 1976 the springs were changed to a softer ride and 1" higher ride. Not afraid to drive it across country. Some cars are built to fill a perceived market niche (the Miata comes to mind), and others are built, just because they can be built. Someone in Detroit completely out of touch with what’s been going on for quite a while. The following versions and sub-models of Chevrolet Vega Cosworth were available in 1976: 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. RT wrote about the Vega: “It had the fastest 0-60 time, the fastest quarter-mile time, and tied with the Saab for the shortest braking distance.” There never was a “true” Lotus-like HP sports car with the C-V engine, to provide some halo effect; the base Vega was a well-known pile of crap at that time. Cosworth of England, when they ran in Group 2 sports cars, cracked or split blocks after 2-3 hours in enduro racing so it does depend on what duty cycle you plan on running. PAIR tubes in header are removed, ports welded to enhance flow. It replaces the '76 five-speed model he owned until, while serving in the Navy, he was transferred to Japan in 1984. Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the content, organization, graphics, design, compilation, magnetic Perhaps the same one that was passed around to some GM executives, to show off what the CV team had been up to. 122cid/110hp EFI 1 Concours $32,800 2 Excellent $20,600 3 Good $10,400 4 Fair $6,400 note: Hagerty Valuation values as of January 2020 Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. For 1976 the panhard bar mounting bracket was welded behind the … gcse.async = true; RWD (rear-wheel drive), manual 5-speed gearbox. A quite logical choice, and a not insignificant slice of the market. The engine had a lot of tech in it for the time. I’m extremely suspicious of that C/D review. QOTD: How Soon Until We Start Seeing EV Curbside Classics? You had to buy the Lotus design head thru the parts department and replace the factory one, and they say only about 100 or so were made available to the public. commercial copying, redistribution, use or publication by you of any such Car testers and car manufacturers, each scratching the other’s back. Getting a “production” engine out of the deal was really just a ruse; a rationalization for the race motor. Car and Driver tested a late production Cosworth Vega 5-speed and recorded a 17.4 second elapsed time in the quarter mile, which is consistent with a 0-60 time in the mid-to-low 10 second range. Had the CV shipped in 1973, with the engine making 150-170hp as configured at that time, it would have had the chops to back up the hype. The price more than anything else killed it. 4) Detailed Performance Review, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. I think “someone” at Chevrolet saw what Ford had done with “Lotus” cylinder heads bolted onto what was otherwise a turd of a four-popper Ford short-block. Goodness! Car has been repainted poorly. They’ll be peppy and unique, and they still have the Magic Word on the cam covers!”. And then price it at twice the price of a regular Vega? Too exotic, not robust enough, not powerful enough, too complex and expensive to manufacture. I recall the hype and how he told me the Cosworth Vega was going to be the greatest thing ever made. The twin cam had to be reworked thoroughly to finally be approved in March 1975, at the expense of the projected 140 hp target (production motors made 110 hp). I suspect this was a pet project inside GM, done for its own sake, without a real target market. And not all was well even then: there was transient oversteer, which happened in part because the quite slow 22.5:1 ratio manual steering was simply too slow to respond fast enough in a succession of rapid maneuvers, like in the slalom test. Except as expressly authorized by automobile-catalog.com, you agree not to copy, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, perform, display, license, reverse engineer or create derivative works based on the Site or any Content available through the Site. 1976 was a pretty low ebb for US market car performance. 4) specs. 1976 Chevrolet Other Cosworth 1976 Chevy Cosworth Vega. Service in October 2019 included replacement of the air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, coolant-level sensor, and engine oil.The Fisher-built body is finished in 1976-only Dark Green Metallic (49L), with yellow pin … At that time “Cosworth” was magic. The problem is they failed. Alfa had been building twin-cam engines since forever. I liked the Vegas’ looks well enough, especially the wagons. I was working with a guy whose sideline was putting Chevy V8s into any Vega he could get his hands on. mildly ported head with 3-angle valve job. Well, that and an exorbitant price. proprietary (including but not limited to intellectual property) rights. They were proud of it, were good at keeping secrets, and weren’t much interested in crediting “tuned” cars instead of showing off their own untouchable awesome car testing skills and talents. Your email address will not be published. And that was back in 1966; ten years earlier. Anyway, by the mid ’70s it wasn’t so much “small sportsters” but sports sedans like the BMW 2002 that should have been the CV’s target. var cx = 'partner-pub-9659367955710532:8424444182'; 5) specs, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 5-speed (man. proprietary (including but not limited to intellectual property) rights. But the bad news was summed up in this line: “For all its exotic features, however, the Cosworth Vega engine is not a high-performance unit.”. And across the Pacific, Toyota was building 2.0L DOHC engines that could turn 7000 RPMs all day with anvil like reliability; yet there is nothing special in their construction(I know, I have a 70s 18R-G engine in my collection) Why couldn’t these clowns? In this car, the knowledgeable small sportster enthusiast will recognize and appreciate American design innovation and engineering imagination…”. Who talks or writes like that, in 1976? All years same class and body style Chevrolet (USA) cars: Cars Catalogue Homepage - Automobile-Catalog. Cosworth Engineering had already cemented a legendary reputation at that point for its prowess in designing high-revving and long-lasting components for the racing world, so enlisting their help in designing a DOHC head for the Vega injected some instant … Pre-production versions did, but they had significantly more power. @ Mental : agree with you , the Cosworth usually means Performance , but in this case , its some different . 4) Market Competition, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 5-speed (man. Of course, this happened in 2020, and Ed’s CV was pretty extensively modified to make significantly more power, which was of course the production CV’s Achilles heel. R&T points out that 55 hp/L is a quite modest output, and compared it to the rather similar Jensen-Healey engine, also a 2.0 L with high-tech four-valve DOHC head, but only with carbs instead of the CV’s fuel injection. There had to be a lot of rubber in the bushings to make it work–and it still worked rather well. Some say it was closer to 100. Needs a new paintjob, lots of orange peel, rough finish. I have seen two of these at my local wrecking yard back in the mid ’80s, gives you an idea of what people thought of them. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Variants included the Cosworth Vega, a short-lived limited-production performance model, introduced in the spring of 1975. I pit crewed for a Cosworth Vega midget owner in the middle 90’s. The Lotus Cortina was only sold in the US for one, maybe two years, and they probably sold a couple of dozen. Monza was also intended to be a halo vehicle off the H platform (“Italian Vega”). Ah, but that is my point. It really is one of the greater mysteries of the time, given how much time and resources GM threw at the CV. Without addressing the terminal cancer rust and the variable-cylinder-diameter unlined aluminum engine, and doing so within the first year of production, the Vega was doomed as soon as they got to be 3 or 4 years old. It was also a 4-speed, with a return spring on the clutch made for a short guy with muscular legs, which he was and I wasn’t, and I was running our lunches in noontime Nashville traffic. It was fun to drive and also handled extremely well. The incorporation of material or any part of it in any other web-site, electronic retrieval system, publication or any other work (whether hard copy, electronic or otherwise), also the storage of any part of this site on optical, digital or/and electronic media is strictly prohibited. So Cosworth goes to work; finds out the Vega block has serious deficiencies, and the Vega-based race-motor is a dead-end. Only 1 of 2 known with the Tan Cloth interior. By 1975, there was the baggage-free and better looking Monza and other division variants where you could get either a V6 or V8, and for a lot less than a CV. And another unfortunate compromise: no air conditioning available. But they already had the Monza out by then, which offered a V8. Oceanside, California, resident Barry Connally is the owner of this largely original 1976 Cosworth Vega equipped with the optional five-speed manual. View this vehicle on our website for a full description. 1/4 mile: 18.5 seconds @74 mph. 5) Detailed Performance Review, 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega 5-speed (man. but the slightly “look at me” look and the engine specs of the CV suggest that the target market was actually the Lotus Cortina buyer. There were always rumors of how test cars were “hopped up” for the car magazine tests in general, and for C and D in particular, as they were the magazine peopled by respected “real” drivers who would get everything out of the car. Yet it made 140 hp, to the CV’s 110. translation, digital conversion and other matters related to the automobile-catalog.com Anyone ever heard of one ? Technical Specifications ENGINE: 2.0 liter displacement. GM had crude running prototypes of the twin cam as early as mid 1971. The Vega received praise and awards at its introduction, including 1971 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Buy now to own the best shop manual for your Cosworth. If I remember correctly, this version failed its EPA test (burned valves or something like that) so it was back to the drawing board and when a street legal version finally debuted it was putting out all of 110 hp. In retrospect, this vehicle screamed “ringer”. Definitely true of a handful of National-level SS cars, but not my friend’s Cosworth Vega which was his daily driver before he decided to go through driver’s school and race it a few times at the Regional level. I would also like to see a restomod Vega with a modern GM Ecotec 4, a 5 speed manual and tuned suspension. I had a regular Vega and it had terminal cancer rust and burned a quart of oil every 75 miles, at 75,000 miles, in Dallas Tx, at four years of age. It just screams “ringer”, given their long history of enabling DeLorean and his pet projects (even though he was gone by then). This car has the 5 speed transmission with the 3.73:1 rear gear. Back in 1974, either in the January or February issue of Car & Driver did a road test of a 1974 pre-production Cosworth Vega. GM expended a great deal of prestige by promising so much and delivering so little. Call 513-657-3459 for more information. This might explain that: It’s obvious what thy set out to do: build a 140-150 hp genuine sports sedan. I never quite realized they cost **that** much more than a regular Vega. It is interesting to note that the original 1971 prototypes, using dual carbs, were producing 170 hp before emission standards came into play. Your email address will not be published. If that was their target, then they really were delusional. The engine had 4 valves per cylinder, was balanced and blue printed, had a forged crankshaft, shot peened rods, fuel injected, factory headers, 4.10 posi rear and a 5 speed transmission. 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega #2843 of 3508 manufactured between 1975 and 1976. The good news was that the reduction in stroke resulting in 2.0 liters displacement took a fair amount of the 2.3 L Vega engine’s roughness away. Unfortunately GM’s small cars of the 70s were very a General Burnside period as the Vega, Monza, Chevette and Citation snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. IOW, it ‘looked’ good, but the actual performance (especially for the price) was lacking quite a bit. 5) Market Competition. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. Not unfounded fears, it turns out. Trying to pigeonhole just what they thought they were up to with the CV is really hard to do. Reproduction of part or all of the contents of this web-site in any form is prohibited and may not be recopied and shared with a third party. According to a February 7, 1975 letter to all Chevrolet dealers, "the Vega Cosworth (RPO Z09) will include the following option content. This vehicle has been sold. The Vega got less from GM than the Cortina got from Ford. There’s no way a genuine stock 110 hp CV would pull those kinds of numbers. Search automobile-catalog: this database is huge, use the search field below to find here data you are looking for: Chevrolet (USA) Vega years, types and editions catalogue (1971-1977), Other production years of this submodel:1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth specifications, all versions, 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth specifications, all versions. Check out 76-cosworth-z09 1976 Chevrolet Vega in Oak Creek,WI for ride specification, modification info and photos and follow 76-cosworth-z09's 1976 Chevrolet Vega for updates at CarDomain. So for #3, we go back to Road & Track’s test of a privately owned CV, as apparently Chevrolet was limiting access to them. With a few minor changes--most notably the addition of eight exterior colors to 1975's black-only palette and a five-speed transmission to the option list--the Z09 package continued for 1976, but Chevrolet brass killed the option in July of that year. Car and Driver, I recall, got a far better 0-60 time in their test, under eight seconds. Dash # 3090. gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1994 cm3 / 121.7 cui, advertised power: 82 kW / 110 hp / 112 PS ( SAE net ), torque: 145 Nm / 107 lb-ft, more data: characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4455 mm / 175.4 in, width: 1661 mm / 65.4 in, wheelbase: 2464 mm / 97 in, reference weights: base curb weight: 1125 kg / 2480 lbs, accelerations: 0- 60 mph 11.2© s; 0- 100 km/h 11.9© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com); 1/4 mile drag time (402 m) 18.3© s (simulation ©automobile-catalog.com). 1976 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth 2dr Hatchback Coupe 4-cyl. That’s because it was years and the final product was a complete dud. I ran him light to light and beat him by over 2 car lengths. “The small sportster enthusiast”? Still a genuine Vega at heart, no matter how hard the Chevy engineers tried. CC: Cosworth Vega #2196 (Detailed History of the CV and Personal Ownership Experience)  Ed Stembridge. Except as expressly authorized by automobile-catalog.com, you agree not to copy, modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, assign, distribute, perform, display, license, reverse engineer or create derivative works based on the Site or any Content available through the Site. : 122 CID Twin Cam Electronic Fuel Injection L-4 Engine Clear Lens Parking Lamp With Amber Bulb "Cosworth Twin Cam" Body Side and Rear End Decals A faster variable-ratio power steering would have solved that problem, but like the a/c, it was not available. It took the Japanese, and good fuel injection technology, for solid DOHC engine programs to be designed and widely installed. Unfortunately, the only one of his I drove had the biggest one – I’m not up on ’70s Chevy V8s, but it was a brute. GM was just off of their nasty long strike in 1970, the small car thing was really starting to jell, and GM was still a RWD, truck axle, V8, full size car and truck manufacturer. A successful race motor perhaps leads to a Cosworth-Vega-specific race formula, like the one for V-W engines. You do not acquire Has original Cosworth Motor with only 8800 miles, Runs and Drives great! Or 50% more than a 1976 Camaro LT V8 went for. And then there was the Camaro. It’s not like they were sold out and unavailable, or anything like that. Copyright 2011 - 2020 Curbside Classics. Buckskin Tan with Tan Cloth Interior. Reports vary about the actual 110 hp at 5,200 rpm that was reported to be delivered through a four-speed gearbox. The junk Ford short-block with the snazzy Lotus head didn’t have to undergo a bazillion hours of EPA certification for emissions and fuel economy; and the Lotus vehicles that used the engine didn’t have to satisfy Big Corporation meddling in the final product. 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega All Original matching numbers car, No bondo. Over at the Ford garage where I wrenched, Vega’s reputation was selling a lot of Pintos by 1975. It still would have rusted away sitting in your driveway in Tucson. Like a proper FI system for their V8s. . Both of the above got twin cam heads on or about the same time as the Vega with much better hp figures and were very reliable. I have owned it all these years and just recently sold it to my friend who bugged me for years to buy it. R&T had to test one of those customer cars as well, instead of having one supplied for testing direct from GM, which is kind of a strange circumstance. Miami, FL About this vehicle This 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega is a modified vehicle with updates to the exterior, interior and drivetrain. I have seen exactly one of these, black as were all of the 1975s, but no other Vegas that year. They should have just put all that money elsewhere, where it would have counted. Complete performance review and accelerations chart for Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (man. Now if it had had 150 hp, it might have been a different outcome. They remembered what Ford had done with the equivalent of a quarter-million dollars and Cosworth involvement–the most-winning Formula 1 engine series of all time (DFV); and what Cosworth was doing with lower-Formula four-poppers. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; 3-door hatchback body type. Still, only 1,447 Cosworth Vegas were sold for 1976, due in part to a hefty $6,066 starting price that could top $6,700 with all the options. ownership rights to any content, document or other materials viewed through the It is more than just an engine, it is a design concept built on existing Vega chassis and body design without any major change. Just think of it as what the Vega should have been and enjoy it. That’s the only explanation I can think of for how the CV ultimately made production. And in the end, that 110 hp was essentially the same as a base 2002 or 320i. It’s 1976, and folks are getting used to having a/c in all kinds of cars, most of all from GM. And then pokes fun at Chevrolet’s PR comments about their new baby: “One objective of the Cosworth Vega is to generate excitement and bolster interest in the GM domestic small car market. matters or any part of this site is strictly prohibited. But the 2002Tii had significantly more power (130 hp) than the CV’s 110 hp, without having to resort to exotic four-valve DOHC heads and all sorts of other high tech hardware. 1975 Cosworth Chevy Vega 4 Answers. I am looking for new parts and have not had any luck. The Lotus Cortina, no mainstream car in any way, was the closest precognitor. Halo vehicle, yes – absolutely. I remember reading this review in middle school. I may be the only one here to have driven one, in 1978 or ‘79. I forget if this is correct or not, but wasn’t the idea to use this Cosworth engine in race spec first, and then adapt it to the road specification Vega? 1976 was a pretty low ebb for US market car performance. Were they concerned that the press might be a bit let down after the years of hype and heightened expectations? Chevrolet launched the Cosworth Vega as a separate model with a $5,915.60 price tag (more than double the base Vega hatchback) on April 17, 1975. ISBN 978-83-931772-0-2 automobile-catalog.com © The complete catalog of cars since 1945 © 2010-2020 by PROFESS Pawel ZalAll rights reserved. This one needs very little cosmetic work to make it a show condition car. In 1976, Road Test magazine conducted a ‘Supercoupe Shootout’, with the Cosworth Vega competing against a BMW 2002tii, Alfa-Romeo GTV, Lancia Beta, and a Saab 99. The seller notes the car is numbers matching, and one of only 1,447 Cosworth Vegas produced for the 1976 year (out of 3,508 in total). Vega ’ s 110 rights reserved let down after the years of this life 4 a... For features that the CV had US wondering what Ford would offer complete and restoration. Of a regular Vega as a leftover in 77 for $ 4800 or Vega... 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