1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega (Twin Cam)
Last updated Apr 22, 2014
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 Header, Electronic Fuel Injection.
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4,672 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 1973 Vega GT). 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 n 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 with 1,592 miles. 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 August 2012.
After decades of being trailered around by previous owners, the car is now driven to shows and events and is otherwise stored indoors as before. It drives like a new car and has been reliable, including two 500-mile round-trips to PA. The mileage will be kept well below 10k however.
The car was invited to participate in the 2012 Hemmings New England Concours,D 'Elegance (non-judged event) Preservation class - 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 - my '76 Cosworth Vega & '73 Vega GT
Hemmings Classic Car feature March 2014
Hemmings online feature March 2014
Long Island Cars Shows (Class-Stock 1976-'80)
MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY April 7, 2013 - 2nd Place
Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY April 21, 2013 - 1st Place
MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY May 19, 2013 - 1st Place
Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY Nov. 3, 2013 - 1st Place
Carlisle GM Nationals, Carlisle, PA June 22-23, 2013
Showfield - Class 143 Cosworth Vega, All - First Place
featured photos in Chevy High Performance Carlisle Photo Gallery released online June 23, 2013
Super Chevy Show, Maple Grove Raceway, Mohnton, PA July 20-21, 2013 - Open Class, "Show Class Winner"
featured photo in Super Chevy magazine, December 2013.
Dimensions - Capacities
Length: 175.4 in
Width: 65.4 i
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 the 1976 Cosworth Vega in "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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Nov 8, 2013
My '76 Cosworth Vega won 1st Place (Stock 1976-'80) at its final show of the 2013 season, the Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY Sunday Nov. 3, 2013. The car...
Aug 9, 2013
My 1976 Cosworth Vega made two trips to Pennsylvania this summer for the biggest shows of the season. First up was the Carlisle GM Nationals June 21-23, 2013. The showfield...
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...