RexSeven SuperDork
Aug. 29, 2012 9:13 p.m.

No, I'm not kidding- it has only 291 miles TOTAL. Everything about it screams GRM... except the $34.9K asking price.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/291-Actual-Mile-1975-Cosworth-Vega-Twin-Cam-4-Speed-/280941400438?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item4169699176

ronholm Reader
Aug. 29, 2012 9:47 p.m.

oh my

novaderrik SuperDork
Aug. 29, 2012 9:59 p.m.
the article said: With 110 horsepower and a 6,500 RPM redline, the Cosworth Vega was one of the hottest performing cars available in 1975

ooohh.. excitement..

that would be the perfect car for an LS swap- it's probably the only Vega in existence that doesn't have the rear suspension mounting points rotting off.

carguy123 PowerDork
Aug. 29, 2012 10:03 p.m.
novaderrik wrote:
the article said: With 110 horsepower and a 6,500 RPM redline, the Cosworth Vega was one of the hottest performing cars available in 1975

ooohh.. excitement..

that would be the perfect car for an LS swap- it's probably the only Vega in existence that doesn't have the rear suspension mounting points rotting off.

Well it also was very light by present day standards.

Argo1 Reader
Aug. 29, 2012 10:58 p.m.

Drove one of those when they were new. Smoother than the usual coffee can full of rocks Vega engine. AC was not available so I bought the regular GT.

The Vega is generally regarded as one of the 50 worst cars ever made... and I actually bought two of them new. Doesn't say much for my judgement.

SlickDizzy UltraDork
Aug. 29, 2012 11:40 p.m.
Argo1 wrote: Drove one of those when they were new. Smoother than the usual coffee can full of rocks Vega engine. AC was not available so I bought the regular GT.

More than your judgement, this says EVERYTHING about the American car buying public, and our patterns in history.

"It runs like absolute piss, but it has cold A/C! I'm not buying a car for its ability to get me places, I'm buying for its ability to function as a second living room!"

To be fair, in Alabama, A/C is probably a necessity. Here in WI though, the logic you yourself described has always baffled me...

HiTempguy SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 12:57 a.m.

Hnnghhhhgghghgh...

BRB, changing pants

novaderrik SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 2:22 a.m.
carguy123 wrote:
novaderrik wrote:
the article said: With 110 horsepower and a 6,500 RPM redline, the Cosworth Vega was one of the hottest performing cars available in 1975

ooohh.. excitement..

that would be the perfect car for an LS swap- it's probably the only Vega in existence that doesn't have the rear suspension mounting points rotting off.

Well it also was very light by present day standards.

i had a 76 Vega GT wagon that i swapped a very mild 350 into.. that car was fun- it was also probably faster than the Cosworth, but without the MPFI setup that made the Cosworth so unique at the time.

JohnRW1621 PowerDork
Aug. 30, 2012 6:00 a.m.

In Vega concourse judging, there are points deducted if the car does not have some "showroom rust"

petegossett UltraDork
Aug. 30, 2012 6:05 a.m.

Those were really great looking cars. I'm glad there were at least a few that survived.

I wonder if modern technology has caught up with the aftermarket for these cars(if there is one?), to allow them to become somewhat more reliable classic drivers?

noddaz Reader
Aug. 30, 2012 6:22 a.m.

The Cosworth engine should have been the standard engine...

And I don't think any Vega is worth that...

Gearheadotaku SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 6:53 a.m.

I always thought those were cool, but not at that price.

From what I've heard, that Cosworth motor could put out way more power with better cams and tossing the emission stuff out.

4cylndrfury UltimaDork
Aug. 30, 2012 7:27 a.m.

engine bay is teh SekC

once more for good measure

slantvaliant SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 7:32 a.m.

I had a Vega in the early 80's, and daydreamed about building a Cosworth Kammback. Still do.

Klayfish Dork
Aug. 30, 2012 8:46 a.m.
novaderrik wrote: it's probably the only Vega in existence that doesn't have the rear suspension mounting points rotting off.

That's quite an assumption to make....we are talking Vega here.

PHeller SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 8:51 a.m.

Cosworth was always really good at cleaning up engine bays.

m4ff3w UltraDork
Aug. 30, 2012 9:25 a.m.
SlickDizzy wrote: More than your judgement, this says EVERYTHING about the American car buying public, and our patterns in history. "It runs like absolute piss, but it has cold A/C! I'm not buying a car for its ability to get me places, I'm buying for its ability to function as a second living room!" To be fair, in Alabama, A/C is probably a necessity. Here in WI though, the logic you yourself described has always baffled me...

Slick, I was going to bust your chops until I got to the last paragraph. While I've done no-a/c, it isn't something that is good.

Arriving at work at 8:00 with a wet shirt because of sweat isn't good.

93EXCivic UltimaDork
Aug. 30, 2012 9:27 a.m.

I DD a car with no A/C.

Argo1 Reader
Aug. 30, 2012 10:02 a.m.
93EXCivic wrote: I DD a car with no A/C.

Me too... when it's broken.

Argo1 Reader
Aug. 30, 2012 11:24 a.m.

In reply to mguar: I remember how impressive that Monza looked when it first came out... and the impressive IMSA race version. The only Monzas that I have owned said "Corvair" on them.. I have owned 9 of those and am currently drooling over a local 180hp turbo.

RexSeven SuperDork
Aug. 30, 2012 5:16 p.m.

I found a more affordable Cossie Vega on evilBay. Only 10% of the price of the mint one gets you a concours (d'LeMons) ready '76. Non-original, though:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1976-Chevrolet-Cosworth-Vega-/251138575517?pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3a79068c9d

Woody MegaDork
Aug. 30, 2012 5:20 p.m.

If I win Powerball, I'll buy the black one and swap in a small block Chevy...

Curmudgeon MegaDork
Aug. 30, 2012 5:20 p.m.

The Cosworth is a pretty neat motor. The cam timing was overlapped like crazy for emissions reasons and is why they have to idle so high. If the cams are degreed away from each 8 degrees total (retard the exhaust, advance the intake) it runs a HELLUVA lot better. There's a guy out there on rthe CVOA list who mills the cam gears to do that.

Strizzo UberDork
Aug. 30, 2012 5:25 p.m.

someone used to autox one of those with austin SPOKES, no idea if they still do. always made a suprisingly good noise

vern2point3 New Reader
Aug. 30, 2012 7:07 p.m.

The ideas about doing motor work for additional power overlood the basic deadly flaw of the Cossie Vega; the Vega's engine block. Unless you sleeve the block any performance upgrades are wasted on that block.

As the Vega aluminum block got hot the cylinder bores would soften up enough that the rings would lose sealing ability. Chevy's big block Can Am engines had the same problem and would be seen blowing oil before a Can Am race was half over.

And heaven help you if you ever turbocharged a Cosworth Vega. As soon as a warmed up engine had boost was applied the block would "inflate".

I only ever heard of one "sucessful" turbo Cossie Vega and I don't really consider an engine limited to 5psi of boost to be a successful project. I think I've seen Ford 2.3s that run that much boost at idle and five times that much at full throttle.

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