1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
The Cosworth Vega is probably the most interesting story out of Chevrolet in the mid-'70s. Performance was at its nadir. The Camaro Z28 was axed for '75, the Corvette was using a chassis that dated to the fall of 1962 and Zora Arkus-Duntov's dream of a mid-engine replacement was about to be shot down permanently. Midsize muscle? Dead. After the OPEC Oil Embargo of '73, performance as we knew it had changed forever…. or so we thought. The country was brought to its knees when OPEC shut off the supply of crude. The future of high-performance automobiles (or what was left of it) was going to be tape stripes and small-displacement sewing machines under the hood.
John Zachary DeLorean is credited with the idea of the Cosworth Vega. It was his attempt to duplicate the magic performed when he was an engineer at Pontiac when they stuffed a 389 into a Tempest and created the GTO. It was a bold idea -- a new kind of performance for a new era. Think about it: Stick a dual-overhead-cam 2.0-liter engine with electronic fuel injection and a high-flow exhaust header engineered by an English company known for its success in international racing circles into a small vehicle. It was a heck of a walk out on a limb, especially for the time it was introduced. We hear at classic Auto Mall give you for consignment a RUST FREE 1975 Cosworth Vega.
Did I mention RUST FREE? Very rare to find one in this condition, but it was an astute consigner who stopped a friend from plopping a 350 into it, grabbed it up, and put it on ice. It paid off because we see nothing but straight steel, black pristine paint, and in John Player Special F1 Style, gold pin striping, gold alloy wheels, and stick on badging in outlined type…all gold. Also, the steel panels are straight, and good gaps. Only fault I can see is on the grille surround there is some saw toothing on the top of the panel, but otherwise real sweet!
Amazingly preserved, Black Astro Buckets draped in shiny vinyl are up front, and a matching bench stretches across the rear. Carpeting is clean and stain free and hovering above is the original dash all in black save for a nifty gold swirl machined instrument cluster. The original steering wheel fronts this, and a floor shifter topped with white knob and black boot, sits in the hump. A tight tear free headliner floats above this wonderful interior.
Cosworth was founded in 1958 by Mike Costin and Keith Duckworth. It has become the most successful engine manufacturer in history. This is the money shot, the crescendo, the coup-de-resistance the twin overhead cam 2.0-liter 4-cylinder slightly tuned down racing Cosworth setup. It sports electronic fuel injection, and a 4-speed manual transmission out back. Way out back is a 10-bolt 3.73 Posi rear. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold, with its Cosworth Vega Cam Cover, stainless fuel injectors, and of course the Aluminium headers. Thank you Delorean, God rest his soul.
All original under here, with just a smattering of surface rust, and some patina with age, however very sound, and certainly not a victim of what most of these Cosworth Vegas succumbed to..Rust..NO INVASIVE RUST HERE.
It did not create the phenomenon of the GTO, however what it did do was create a rare classic that still survives thanks to an astute consigner. Beautiful Exterior panels, snappy Cosworth 2 overhead cam engine, and simply brilliant interior, this one will not last long, as there will be plenty of collectors sniffing around real quick. Blimey!
77-2 Door Hatchback
E-2.0 DOHC I4
U-Lordstown OH Assy Plant
261387-Sequential Unit Number
ST 75 1HV77-1975 Vega HB
BDY U379229-Lordstown Body #
TR 19Y A51-Black Astro Buckets
PNT 19L 19U-Black
02C-3rd Week February Build
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