Cheap 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega!

Hurry, this 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega is being sold cheap and it only has one day until the auction is finished. It is a running and driving Cosworth Vega that is said to be in original condition. The odometer reads 22,500 miles and the interior looks the part. The exterior is losing its battle with time but still looks good from ten feet. Currently, there are 38 bids that have lifted the price to $4,950 here on eBay. The car is sitting in a pole barn in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The engine compartment looks original and untouched except for a new battery. The seller states that he bought the car from a person that owned it for the past 20 years and drove it sparingly when the weather was nice. All Cosworth Vegas came with a 122 cubic inch inline four cylinder engine. The engine was designed as an all aluminum dual overhead cam motor by the British Cosworth Engine Company. The twin cam engine had 16 valves and double overhead camshafts that produced a factory rating of 110 horsepower.

The Cosworth Vega was only made for two years in 1975 and 1976. With production of only 3,508 cars, I think it is safe to say that it was a limited production specialty vehicle that started out as a great idea but the final product ended up having a lot of compromises. The interior of the car shows that the dash seats and door panels are in good condition. The carpet is said to be sun damaged and I imagine some of the plastic may be brittle too. The shifter for the manual transmission sits proudly between the black bucket seats and the engine turned dash sports a full gauge cluster.

Fully loaded, the Cosworth Vega cost almost as much as a Corvette in 1975 and 1976. This may be the reason why so few were produced! All Cosworth Vegas were numbered and this one is #2282. The car retains its factory radio and despite its paint problems, it the chrome and glass look good. I would want to inspect the underneath side of this car but I hope the car finds a good home.

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  1. Mitchell Gildea Member

    I’mma stab and say the odometer rolled once already, meaning it’s 122,500 miles. The car overall looks fairly clean tho and if it’s mechanically sound could be a nice buy

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  2. Sfm5

    There seems to be a lot of these Cosworth Vegas coming up for sale lately. The only car with only 110 HP I would even look at would be an old Porsche Speedster. I would also not buy a 40+ year old car from Minnesota, the road salt eats cars up, especially when they are prone to rust like Vegas or Pintos of the 70’s.

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  3. Phlathead Phil

    Why are there so many Vegas showing up for sale?

    • JMB#7

      Maybe they are being sold to raise money to buy more different collector cars that are better investments?

  4. Bultaco

    Too bad they didn’t do the CosVeg earlier with Webers and the earlier, prettier front end styling and small bumpers.

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    • lschuc

      Yes, the 1971, 1972 Vega had much cleaner styling, slim front and rear bumpers, more like a mini Camaro. Wish the Cosworth engine was introduced in the first two years!

  5. Bunky

    Had a slightly modified Canadian model ‘74 Pinto wagon back in the day. It would smoke any Pinto or Vega…until I ran across my first Cosworth. I passed him on a two lane highway. He was having none of it. The next thing I know there was what can best be described as a shrieking mechanical sound coupled with the flash of a black and gold Vega passing me- fast! I was duly shamed. 110hp.? I think they sandbagged it.

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  6. Chas358 Chas358 Member

    I’m a plastic Injection molding engineer. In 1973 – 74 we made a part for these that controlled the fuel Injection. It looked like a rotor and had a magnet encapsulated in it. Went in the distributor.

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  7. John

    Yeah really- enough of these crapmobiles. Vegas were made in Lordstown by disgruntled hippies and were some of the worst cars ever made in America.

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  8. Steve Clinton

    Sold for $5100.

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