1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (Twin Cam)
Last updated Jun 8, 2013
1976 CHEVROLET COSWORTH VEGA HATCHBACK
Mahogany Metallic - Buckskin interior
1 of 1,447 Cosworth Vegas of 160,523 1976 Vega production.
Production Date - June 1976
122 CID (2.0 L) DOHC Aluminum Inline-4 - 16 Valves - Forged Steel Crankshaft, Forged Aluminum Pistons, Stainless Steel Exhaust Headers, Electronic Fuel Injection.
5-Speed Manual Transmission
3,420 miles documented - unrestored, original car including factory powertrain, factory acrylic lacquer paint, original interior; factory-applied window sticker and epa mpg sticker never removed; mso and build sheet retained.
Car originates from Sunderland Chevrolet (same dealer as my Millionth Vega). The first titled owner purchased the car with 109 miles from the Lemoyne Pa. dealer at an auto auction on June 18, 1984. The car was a Cosworth Vega Owners Association "1987 National Round Up" show winner at the event in Gettysburg, Pa.
The second owner, a former CVOA president, purchased the car 12 years later in 1996 with 1,344 miles, not transferring title.
According to the third (second-titled) owner, a CVOA member in Texas who purchaced the car in 2001, it had won its class in almost every show entered including the CVOA "1995 National Round-Up" in Detroit where he first saw the car, and the CVOA "2003 National Round-Up" in Austin Texas. I first learned of the car in an Ebay listing in 2003, where the Texas owner had sold the car with 1,500 miles.
Eight years later, the car re-surfaced on Ebay. Not willing to pass it up a second time, I contacted the third-titled Michigan owner who was selling off his Cosworth collection. I took delivery of the well-preserved 1,592-miles Cosworth Aug. 2012.
Awards-Press-Events 2012 - 2013: (see blogs)
The car was invited to participate at the Hemmings New England Concours,D 'Elegance in Saratoga Springs NY, Sept. 30, 2012.
Motor Trend Classic magazine photoshoot.- Harrisburg, Pa. Oct 30, 2012 with a 1976 Capri II for a retrospective comparison.
Motor Trend Classic Spring 2013 issue published March 2013
Motor Trend.com article released online April 18, 2013
Hemmings Classic Car magazine photoshoot at home Nov. 15, 2012 with my 1973 Vega GT for an upcoming 2013 feature article.
Long Island Cars Judged Car Shows -
MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY April 7, 2013 - Class Winner
Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY April 21, 2013 - Class Winner
MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY May 19, 2013 - Class Winner
2013 Carlisle GM Nationals Showfield June 23, 2013.
Class 143 Cosworth Vega - All
Dimensions - Capacities
Length: 175.4 in
Width: 65.4 in
Height: 50 in
Wheelbase: 97 in
Front track: 54.8 in
Rear track: 53.6 in
Ground clearance 4.8 in
Oil capacity w/filter 4 US Qt
Fuel capacity: 16.1 US Gal
Turning circle btw. curbs: 33 ft
Drag coefficient estimated by a-c: 0.42
Curb Weight: 2505 lbs
Aluminum Cylinder Block / Aluminum Cylinder Head
Engine manufacturer: Chevrolet
Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Cylinders alignment: Line 4
Displacement: 1994 cm3 / 121.7 cui
Main bearings 5
Valves per cylinder: 4
Additional features: Bendix EFI; DOHC
Bore: 88.93 mm / 3.501 in
Stroke: 2.07 mm / 3.625 in
Compression ratio: 8.5 : 1
Power net: 110 hp / 5600
Torque: 107 ft-lb / 4800
Traction: RWD (rear-wheel drive)
Gearbox: Borg Warner
Transmission type: manual
Number of gears: 5
Gear ratios (overall):
I 3.41 (13.98)
II 2.08 (8.53)
III 1.39 (5.7)
IV 1 (4.1)
V 0.8 (3.28)
Final drive ratio opt: 4.10:1
Standard tires: BR70 x 13
Top speed: 116 mph
0-60 (s): 10.3
0- 1/4mile (s): 17.6
speed at 1/4mile: 79 mph
Fuel consumption: extra-urban / city / highway / average combined:
27-34 / 17-21 / 23-29 / 24.7
1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega-
Car and Driver included 1976 Cosworth Vega one of 10 Best Collectable Cars (1976-1986) in their fourth annual Ten Best issue.
Super Chevy magazine included the 1975-'76 Cosworth Vega in their 2011 list of the "100 Most Significant Chevys Of All Time."
1HV77 / Z09 Cosworth Vega Hatchback Coupe - L4 6065.60
LY3 - 122-EFI Twin Cam L4 .00
M75 - 5 Speed Transmission 244.00
QLA - BR70-13/B S/B Radial B/Wall .00
U63 - AM Radio, Pushbutton 69.00
Z09 - Cosworth Vega Package .00
Factory Installed Options Subtotal 313.00
Destination Charge 144.00
Total Amount 6522.60
70s Coco Mats- Front/Rear, Direct-Fit, Vega-nos
Covercraft "Dustop" Car Cover - Custom-Fit, Vega Hatchback
-Goodyear P185/70-13 Integrity Radial, black side wall (4)
-Goodyear BR70-13 Steelgard Radial, black side wall (1) orig equip. new spare
-Goodyear BR70-13 Steelgard Radial, black side wall (4) original equip. (in storage)
#3466 of 3508 '75/'76 Cosworth Vegas built March '75 - July '76
1 of 815 Cosworth Vegas with 5 Speed Manual / 4.10 axle ratio. ('76 option)
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Apr 20, 2013
The second car show on Long Island this season was held Sunday, April 21st at Belmont Racetrack. My '76 Cosworth Vega enjoyed much attention and praise all day, as it did at the...
Mar 28, 2013
Motor Trend Classic Spring 2013 features a "Toxic Throwdown" of my '76 Cosworth Vega vs a '76 Capri II. Frank Marcus, Technical Director of Motor Trend said: "Motor Trend's...
Cosworth Vega and Vega GT in Hemmings Classic Car magazine photoshoot on Long Island for upcoming article
Nov 16, 2012
My 1976 Cosworth Vega and 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega were photographed November 15, 2012 at my Long Island, NY residence for an upcoming Hemmings Classic Car magazine article...