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Flashback: Chevrolet Vega 2300 Aluminum Engine

By vegavairbob

The Vega program, code-named XP-887, was announced to the public in October 1968 by James M. Roche, General Motors Chairman of the Board. In his statement Mr. Roche said, "The power plant for the new General Motors passenger car will be a new and different engine, made possible only through important advances in technology."
The Chevy Vega was conceived in 1968 as a simple, low-cost vehicle to utilize the newly-developed all-aluminum die-cast engine block technology. The first sand cast aluminum blocks were actually produced a full two years prior to the corporate decision to build the Vega. The technical breakthroughs of the block lay in the die-casting method used to produce it, and in the silicon alloying which provided a compatible bore surface without liners. With a machined weight of 36 pounds, the block weighed 51 pounds less than the 4-cylinder cast-iron block in the Chevy II. A relatively large displacement engine with good low speed torque was chosen. Economy would be achieved through the use of low numerical gear ratios, which would keep engine rpm low. The Vega engine itself went through 6,000,000 driving miles of testing. The earliest version of the engine was tested in a Fiat 124 sedan. This car was used for development of the aluminum block.The engine was a joint effort from General Motors, Reynolds Metals, and Sealed Power Corp. Reynolds developed an alloy called A-390, composed of 77 percent aluminum, 17 percent silicon, 4 percent copper, 1 percent iron, and traces of phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and titanium. Sealed Power developed special chrome-plated piston rings for the engine that were blunted to prevent scuffing. The engine and its die-cast block technology was developed at GM engineering staff long before the program was handed-off to Chevrolet to finalize and bring to production.
Ed Cole, who had been very personally involved with the design of the 1955 Chevrolet V8 as chief engineer at Chevrolet, was equally involved with the Vega engine as GM president, and was a frequent visitor on Saturdays to the engineering staff engine drafting room, reviewing the design and giving direction for changes. Chevrolet engineers and manufacturing personnel weren't pleased, especially since they knew Ed Cole wanted the job done quickly. As the engine development progressed at Chevrolet, it became known (in closed offices) as "The world's tallest, smallest engine" due to the tall cylinder head. Plagued by vibrations, noisy operation and prone to overheating, the engine did not live up to the Vega's potential. By 1974, the overheating and vibrations were a thing of the past and the noise had been reduced to an acceptable level.

The Vega engine is a 140 CID (139.6 cu in) 2,287 cc inline-4 featuring a die-cast aluminum cylinder block and a cast-iron cylinder head with a single overhead camshaft (SOHC). The cylinder block is an open deck design with siamesed free-standing linerless cylinder bores. Outer case walls form the water jacket and are sealed off by the head and the head gasket. The block has cast iron main caps and a cast iron crankshaft. The cast iron cylinder head was chosen for low cost and structural integrity. The overhead valvetrain is a direct acting design of extreme simplicity. Only three components activate the valve rather than the usual seven of a typical push rod system. The camshaft is supported by five conventional pressed-in bearings and is driven from the crankshaft by an externally mounted continuous cogged belt and sprocket
system. Six v-grooves on the outside of the belt drive the water pump and fan. The large bore and long stroke design provide good torque and lower rpm operation for reduced wear. Compression ratio for the standard and optional engine is 8.0:1, as the engine was designed to operate on low-lead and no-lead fuels. A single-barrel carburetor version produces 90 hp. The two-barrel version (RPO L11) produces 110 hp. From 1972 on, ratings were listed as SAE net.
The relatively large (for an inline-4) engine is naturally prone to vibration and is subdued by large rubber engine mounts. The 1972 Rochester DualJet two-barrel carburetor required an air pump for emission certification and was replaced in 1973 with a Holley-built 5210C staged two-barrel carb. Emission control revisions made in 1973 reduced power output on the optional engine by 5 bhp, although the engine's cruising noise levels were reduced. H.E.I. ignition was introduced on 1975 engines. Non-air conditioned cars have a small 12-inch by 12-inch radiator core. The reason for the relatively small radiator was the aluminum engine block and its superior heat conductivity as compared to iron.

The linerless aluminum block has been blamed for a large share of the Vega's poor reputation. An iron engine could survive moderate overheating, but the Vega could not. The major problems with the engine (head gasket material etc) were sorted out the car's first year, with refinements made annually. Chevrolet added a coolant overflow bottle and an electronic low-coolant indicator in 1974 that could be retrofitted to earlier models at no cost. In May 1974 under a revised 50,000 mi engine warranty for 1971–1975 Vegas. Chevrolet informed the 1.3 million owners that it would repair, at its own expense, any engines damaged by overheating. In 1976, the engine now named Dura-built 140, had hydraulic valve lifters, cooling refinements including new cooling slots to the block; revised water pump and thermostat, new longer-life valve seals cut oil consumption 50%. But the revamped engine with its 5 year/50,000 mile engine warranty failed to boost the public's confidence in the car.

In hindsight there were safer engine options. Before the car was introduced, Chevrolet did their version of the Vega engine substituting a sohc Hemi aluminum cylinder head in place of the sohc cast-iron head. It was rejected by GM top brass (probably because of higher cost) It has been said this stillborn version developed more power and wouldn't have had the thermal expansion problem of the production engine. The cast iron 151 cid OHV 4-cyl. engine used in the 1970 Nova could have been easily used, and later was, revamped as Pontiac's "Iron Duke 2.5 Liter" for the final Pontiac Astre (Vega clone) in 1977, then continued in the Vega's wake, the std. engine in the Vega-derived Monza and variants in 1978-1980.
Aluminum engine troubles have not been confined to the Vega. . It's taken decades to make auto aluminum engines as reliable as their heavier cast-iron counterparts. One factor remains - overheating an aluminum engine must be avoided.

Flashback: Motor Trend 1971 Car of the Year - Chevrolet Vega 2300

By vegavairbob

Announcement
Motor Trend-November 1970: "Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year - The importance of being relevant," said, "The 1971 model year promises to be a year of transition. It marks the advent of volume American small cars and the demise of raw performance." "Of the broad brush strokes—engineering, styling, and market timing—in 1971, market timing will assume importance beyond any previous time with the exception of 1960 when the market did a temporary half-step in a new direction."

Nominees
Motor Trend December 1970: "Car of the Year: Nominees," MT selected the ten best cars nominated for 1971 Car of the Year — American Motors Gremlin, Ford Pinto, Chevrolet Vega, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Charger, Mercury Couger, Oldsmobile Toronado, and Buick Rivera. MT said, "Wait a minute, you say, isn't unfair to compare a $2,500 Vega to a $6,000 Toronado? Yes, in a word, but for Car of the Year nominees, the most important consideration is ''value received for monies paid''. In other words, the car that wins in the end is, we feel, the best value in relation to its price tag in terms of how it delivers in terms of engineering, performance and styling."
"We nominate the Chevrolet Vega because not only is it a new car, but it represents a number of concepts new to the American auto industry. First, Vega production is done in large part by robots, automated like our foreign competitors, in an attempt to compensate for the "human error" which has lowered the quality in many Detroit-made cars. Secondly, the Vega has a fresh engine idea — aluminum block with no iron liners — creating a healthy power-to-weight situation. The third reason the Vega was nominated was for its marketing — for instance, the offering of a hatchback coupe, a sedan, a wagon, and a sedan delivery, two of them with a "GT" package available — outstroked the competition at the outset. Plus their advertising was brilliantly calculated to reach the "thinking man" — or the VW buyers. For all these reasons the Vega was nominated."

Car of the Year
Motor Trend February 1971: "1971 Car of the Year Chevrolet Vega 2300 - Built for the age of reason," MT said, "In a conference room in Palm Springs, California after a grueling 4-day ride and drive that saw 10 of Detroit's finest put through a 1000 mile wringer, we — the CARS (Conference of Automotive Research Specialists) — Karl Ludvigsen, Roy Richter, Mike Jones, and Bob Bondurant) and the MT Staff — cast our votes and made Vega 2300 Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year." "Even though our Car of the Year votes represent the individual thought of each man, it is appropriate that the final choice was a car that reflects Detroit's timely response to the people's needs instead of a copy writer's idea of what they should need. So, the Chevrolet Vega 2300 is Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year by way of engineering excellence, packaging, styling, and timeliness. As such, we are saying that, ''for the money'', no other American car can deliver more." "Chevrolet has never lost sight of the fact that the Vega had to be satisfactory basic transportation in its lowest form. And in the last analysis, that is what swung the balance, the fact the base Vega was a magnificent automobile without any options at all. That you can actually purchace a normal car that will handle nearly as well as the higher priced GT version, the straight-as-a-plumb-line-stopping disc/drum brakes and all. And, in the U.S. of A. it's been hard to find that in the last ten years.

In Retrospect
Motor Trend Classic Fall 2010 "A Loving Look Back" said, "Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let's face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971's Car of the Year?" "After a few gentle miles, I begin to understand how this car won its awards and comparison tests. Well-maintained examples are great looking, nice-driving, economical classics—like Baltic Ave. with a Hotel, the best ones can be had for $10K or less."

Motor Trend November 2012 "Car of the Year 1949-Present - The Chronicle of Caliper Recipients" said, "Bob Bondurant may have said it best: "I've been away from American cars for about five years and it is pleasantly surprising to see how good they've gotten, especially these new little ones." In a conference room in Palm Springs, California, after a grueling 4-day ride and drive that saw then of Detroit's finest put through a 1,000 mile wringer, we -- the CARS (Conference of Automotive Research Specialists) -- Karl Ludvigsen, Roy Richter, Mike Jones and Bondurant) and the MT Staff -- cast our votes and made Vega 2300 Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year.
The result wasn't altogether a surprise. Though the nominated cars comprised what we felt to be the ten best new automobiles in America, there was the nagging suspicion, that, in design, at least some of them were concepts whose time may have passed. In the final voting, it was close but sheer size held not the clout of former years."

Motor Trend Car of the Year Winners 1949-PRESENT
Link http://www.mo...year_winners/

Image: 1971 Chevrolet Vega Coupe - Motor Trend February 1971

Vega GT & Cosworth Vega in March 2014 Hemmings Classic Car

By vegavairbob

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My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega & 1976 Cosworth Vega are featured in the March 2014 issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. Richard Lentinello, Editor for Hemmings photographed the cars at my Long Island residence and Terry Shea, Editor in Chief, penned the well-written article. The March issue is out now ($4.99) - The GT is featured on the top of the cover. Below is a sample from the 6-page article.

Chevrolutionary! "By all accounts, the Chevrolet Vega seemed to be the right car at the right time when it debuted late in 1970 as a 1971 model for General Motors. Small, attractive, economical to buy and efficient to own, the sporty and thrifty little car--available in two-door notchback and hatchback variants, as well as in station wagon and panel delivery models--marked big changes at GM, upending nearly 60 years of the way Chevrolet did business.
From its revolutionary die-cast aluminum engine block, to its small dimensions, to its innovative manufacturing and distribution techniques, the Vega screamed "New," though its design was otherwise relatively conventional..."
"The Vega was an immediate hit, enjoying a few good years in the showroom, but was ultimatley undone by a host of quality issues that plaqued the car in its early years and damaged its reputation almost beyond repair." Despite fixing these problems in the ensuing years—and turning the Vega into pretty reliable car—it was too late, and the model was finished by 1977." "Given the many jabs taken at the Vega in the ensuing decades since it went out of production, it takes a special kind of person to embrace the Vega. Fortunately, Robert Spinello is not your average collector. His garage includes not one but two, ultra-low mileage, limited-edition Vegas, both unrestored originals, and so pristine that the Monroney stickers have never been removed from the windows."

"Big, round gauges and simulated engine-turned dash perfectly fit the sporty Cosworth Vega, with its high-strung and powerful 16-valve four-cylinder engine." " Millionth Edition Vega's striking color combination of Bright Orange paint with a wide white stripe down the middle is mimicked on the flashy interior, complete with orange carpet. Who says the Seventies had no style? As with his Cosworth Vega, the owner keeps this ultra-low mileage car in as-new condition."

Hemmings Classic Car March 2014 - Vega GT / Cosworth Vega gallery
Link: http://www.he...feature4.html


Image: My photo taken at the Hemmings photoshoot, Nov. 2012

Flashback: Chevrolet Vega Owners Survey & Road Test - Road & Track, June 1973

By vegavairbob

Road & Track in June 1973 published a Vega owner survey (early models) and a 1973 Vega GT road test.
R&T said, "The factory had learned things from the owners, unhappy or not, that it didn't learn from the test programs that were done before the car was sold to the public."

Owner Survey-Vega 2300 —The level of assembly doesn't match the virtues of the design
"The Vega is smaller, more nimble, and more sporting and has generated more technical interest than the rest of the maker's line since the 1963 Corvette. The Vega is thus of interest to Road & Track readers, who bought the car and responded to our owners surveys in numbers sufficient to allow a survey of 150 owners rather early in the model's life."
"Fully 20% of the owners responding to our survey are less than 21 years old...and 65% are between 21 and 30. The models and options reflect an interest in machinery, with 65% of the cars having the GT package...only 10% of the cars had automatic transmissions and 4% had the basic 3-speed manual. For utility 40% bought the hatchback coupe (or was this for style?)...For comfort, 24% have air conditioning...13% of the owners volunteered they had made changes after purchase—shock absorbers, engine tuning kits and headers being the most popular.
The most popular reason for purchase was handling with 53%. Close behind that was style with 51%. The Vega's design attracted 47%. The Vega's low price was a lure for 19% and 24% said they were influenced by its promise of economy..."
"Five Best Features—Reliability, Handling, Economy, Design, Comfort. A whopping 65% found Vega handling to be the best thing about the car. "Five Worst Features—Engine Roughness, Lack of Power, Gearshift, Quality, Noise." "The favorite "worst"—and it was close—was noise and vibration... And 21% complained about a lack of power." "The engine gave trouble to one-third of the owners...The head gaskets blew for 8% of the owners...20% reported carburetor troubles as a separate category." "70% would buy another Vega and 30% wouldn't, show a high degree of dissatisfaction with the car." "And while we have have many owners with problems we also have 16%, a better-than-average percentage, of cars with no trouble at all. The design and the concept are sound, just as Chevrolet intended and as the buyers hoped.

R&T Road Test-Chevrolet Vega
"The 1973 Vega is still the stylish, somewhat sporting economy car it was when new, but improved. A look at the adjacent Vega owner survey and previous R&T Vega tests will show that the Vega needed improvements. The concept is sound, as we say there, but the details and one major component (the engine) are troublesome." "The engine is doubly improved, as it has the reduced emissions required by law and better performance regardless of official power ratings." "The Vega shifter is ranked as a worst feature by Vega owners and it has been improved for '73." "The gearshift has been reworked to match the new transmission.. It's less balky and more precise than the original units." "Vega engine noise and roughness got another bad mark from the owners... The engine does thrash at high rpm in the lower gears but not as much as before, and at road speeds the Vega is now quieter than most 4-cyl sedans." "The owners have listed handling as the best feature and so have we since the car was new. The optional radial tires have improved upon a good thing, then as the '73 Vega had improved road feel and the tires didn't nibble over lines and cracks in the pavement. With these tires the Vega does better on the skidpad than every other car in our test summary except the Jaguar XJ6, very select company indeed. It also outdoes the '73 Corvette on its radials in this particular test..." R&T concluded, "After what we've said about earlier Vegas, it's a pleasure to report the current Vega is attractive, respectably quick, and frugal-and it's the best highway car in class. Well done Chevrolet.."

Road & Track in December 1973 "Road Tester's Year" said, "As for the Vega, kudos to Chevrolet for finally making this car what it should have been in the first place by hard work in refining the details. It's now quieter, quicker, and more economical than the first year (1971) Vega was—and as you must realize by now that is quite an accomplishment. The price is still attractive too, and note that our test car (with optional wide wheels and tires) had cornering power solidly into the sportscar class."

Image: 1971 Chevrolet Vega Sedan - factory photo used for R&T's b&w illustration for the owners survey.

Vega Panel Express Wins Best In Show

By vegavairbob

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My '71 Vega Panel Express took Best In Show at the Autoseum Car Show, the final Long Island show of the season, Nov. 17, 2013. My 73 Vega GT and 76 Cosworth Vega participated in fifteen shows for 2013 but I chose to show the Vega Panel in the season finale. Three trophies were awarded for "Peoples Choice" and one for "Best In Show" which was awarded to the Vega! It was quite a surprise. The show was held at the Autoseum in Mineola, NY which houses a few famous movie and TV cars including an authentic Batmobile and the Monkeemobile (see album).


Link: 2013 Show Results - 1976 Cosworth Vega / 1973 Vega GT/ 1971 Vega Panel Express
http://www.mo...chedule-10837

Cosworth Vega Collects Sixth Trophy for 2013

By vegavairbob

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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 participated in six judged events in 2013.

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY April 7, 2013 (Class-Stock 1976-'80) 2nd Place

Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY April 21, 2013 (Class-Stock 1976-'80) 1st Place

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY May 19, 2013 (Class-Stock 1976-'80) 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.

Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack. Elmont, NY Nov. 3, 2013 (Class-Stock 1976-'80) 1st Place



Link: 2013 Show Results - 1976 Cosworth Vega / 1973 Vega GT/ 1971 Vega Panel Express
http://www.mo...chedule-10837


Photo: My Cosworth Vega with 1st Place trophy 4-21-13

Vega GT Collects Seventh Trophy for 2013

By vegavairbob

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My '73 Vega GT won 1st Place (Stock 1970-'75) at its final show of the 2013 season, the Long Island Cars Show, Macarthur Airport, Ronkonkoma NY Sunday Oct. 20, 2013. The car participated in seven judged events in 2013.

Lions Club of Cutchogue 43rd Annual Classic Auto Show, Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchoque, NY July 7, 2013 Trophy Winner

1st Annual Studebakers, Stangs & Stingrays Classic Car Show, Hauppauge NY August 4, 2013 (Stock, 1973-'79) 1st Place

Long Island Car Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 2nd Place

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Aug. 25, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 2nd Place

Antique Automobile Club of America (A.A.C.A.) NY Peconic region -
Hallockville Meet, Riverhead, NY September 29, 2013 Trophy Winner

Long Island Cars Show, Flowerfield Fairgrounds, St. James, NY October 6, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 1st Place

Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Oct. 20, 2013 (Stock 1970-'75) 1st Place



Link: - 2013 Show Results - 1976 Cosworth Vega / 1973 Vega GT/ 1971 Vega Panel Express
http://www.mo...chedule-10837


Photo: My 1973 Vega GT with 1st Place trophy 10-20-13

Chevrolet Cameo pickup sells for $140,000 at Lambrecht Chevrolet auction

By vegavairbob

While many vehicles in the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection warranted attention for their low-mileage odometers – a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with a staved-in roof, cracked windshield, and 1.3 miles – would sell for the highest price of the weekend. The crowd was in awe as bids moved past $80,000 and gasps could be heard as it crept toward the six-figure mark and headed toward $125,000. When the auction closed, the turquoise-and-black pickup went for $140,000.
The remaining top 10 vehicles sold on the first day included a 1963 Impala with 11 miles, which sold for $97,500; a 1978 Corvette pace car with 4.3 miles, which sold for $80,000; a 1958 Apache pickup with 5 miles, which sold for $80,000; a 1964 Impala with 4 miles, which sold for $75,000; a 1965 Impala with 12 miles, which sold for $72,500; a 1960 Apache pickup with 2 miles, which sold for $46,000; a 1965 Impala with 12 miles, which sold for $45,000; a 1963 Corvair Monza with 17 miles, which sold for $42,000; and another 1963 Corvair Monza with 17 miles, which sold for $40,000.

The cars and trucks up for bid on Day 2 had all been stored outdoors and the exterior and interiors were weatherbeaten.
A 1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup with 3.4 miles claimed the title for top sale of the day. Its six-cylinder engine appeared to be mostly complete and was backed by a floor-shifted manual transmission. A detail that couldn’t be missed was the tree stump trapped between the front bumper and body. It sold for $27,000.
Despite a lone Oldsmobile, eight additional Chevrolets rounded out the top 10 for Sunday. The list included a 1966 Impala, which sold for $15,500; a 1956 Bel Air, which sold for $14,500; a 1959 Biscayne, which sold for $12,500; a 1966 Chevelle, which sold for $11,250; 1954 6100-series truck, which sold for $10,500; a 1951 3600-series pickup, which sold for $9,500; 1957 Chevy, which sold for $9,500, a 1949 Oldsmobile convertible, which sold for $9,500; and a 1957 Bel Air, which sold for $9,000.
Some surprising buys included a 1970 C10 pickup with a 400-cu.in. small-block V-8 and 14,000 miles, which sold for $7,500. A 1970 Monte Carlo, which seemed pretty complete with 86,942 miles sold for $6,200. A 1980 Monza that appeared to be complete and clean with 9.4 miles sold for $4,000. At the close of the event, an estimated 475 vehicles sold for about $2.5 million.

500 Time Capsules up for auction in Nebraska - 50 with less than 10 Miles!

By vegavairbob

A small-town Midwestern dealership in Pierce, Nebraska sold Chevrolets to local families and first-time buyers for 50 years until it’s husband and wife team finally closed their doors seventeen years ago. Since then, a staggering inventory of 500 surviving cars, new & used, have been undriven for decades. Some 50 Chevrolets from the 1950s and 60s have less than 10 miles on the odometer but sadly, many of the vehicles were kept outside.
Ray and Mildred Lambrecht are now in their 90s and have made what is described by their daughter Jeannie, as a “a difficult and painful” decision, to liquidate the dealership’s massive inventory of ‘survivor vehicles’. On September 28th and 29th, 2013, VanDerBrink Auctions will be selling the collection.
Pre-bidding has already started and there are clearly some favorites out there for which garage spaces are already being readied. It's probable a fair number of these cars will remain not only with the same mileage they have now, but also the same dust on the exterior; a number of rougher examples are sure to be restored and put back on the road. A few really "heavy" model years are especially well represented here, like 1957, 1964 and 1965. The most recent car is from 1986 (a Cavalier sedan), but this is largely a 1950s and 1960s car cache.

Chevy cars & trucks under 50 miles-
1958 Cameo Pickup 3A58K118014 3 MSO 1.3 miles
1958 Apache 31 Series Pickup 3A58K101618 3 MSO 5
1978 Indy Pace Car Corvette 1Z87L8S904699 3 MSO 4
1964 Impala 2dr HT 41847S267633 3 MSO 4
1963 Impala 2dr HT 31847J340437 3 MSO 11
1965 Impala 2dr HT 164375S290404 3 MSO 12
1965 Impala 2dr HT 164375S234835 4 MSO 10
1966 Belair 4dr Sedan 156696S163973 3 MSO 7
1963 Corvair Monza Coupe 30927W264244 3 MSO 17
1963 Corvair Monza Coupe 30927W269957 3 MSO 17
1977 Vega Hatchback Coupe 1V77B7U102358 3 MSO 6
1959 Belair 4dr HT D59K177329 4- Invoice 2
1959 Impala 4dr HT 59K157204 4- Invoice 2
1959 Belair 4dr Sedan S59K150529 4- Invoice 1
1959 Biscayne 4dr Sedan A59K174232 5 Invoice 3
1960 Apache 10 1/2 ton Pickup 0C154K138279 4 MSO 2
1957 Viking 40 Truck 4859K139863 4 Invoice 7
1965 1/2 ton Pickup C1545J161570 4- Invoice 5
1966 Chevelle 4dr HT 136396K115279 5 MSO 7
1965 Impala 4dr Sport Sedan 164395J327942 4- MSO 6
1964 C10 q/ ton Pickup 4C154 J 159971 4 MSO 4
1964 C10 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J145440 4 MSO 2
1964 1/2 ton Pickup MSO 26
1964 C10 1/2 ton Pickup MSO 5
1963 1/2 ton Pickup 3C154J1410199 4- MSO 29
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154 67136911 4 MSO 5
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J156498 4- MSO 8
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J160201 4 MSO 3
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J152865 4- CMS 5
1965 1/2 ton Pickup C1545J1647704(v) MSO 4 4
1964 1/2 ton Pickup C1545J154822 4- MSO 5
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4- MSO 6
1963 1/2 ton Pickup 3C154J140232 4- MSO 16
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J160944 5 MSO 5
1965 1/2 ton Pickup C1545J159340 4- MSO 5
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J161283 4- MSO 4
1964 1/2 ton Pickup 4C154J54691 4- MSO 8
1972 1/2 ton Pickup CCE142S335804 5 MSO 3
1977 C10 Custom Pickup CK1147J103334 5 MSo 5
1976 1/2 ton Pickup CKL146F440456 5 MSO 4
1978 Impala 4dr Sedan 1L69U8S282170 5 MSO 4
1978 Impala 4dr Sedan 1L69U8S291823 5 MSO 5
1979 Impala 4dr Sedan 1L69G9C181644 5 MSO 4
1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic mso 7
1979 Impala Station wagon 1L35L9C165511 4 MSO 1
1960 Corvair Monza 4dr Sedan 005869K19375 MSO 2
1963 Corvair Monza Coupe 309270117174 4- MSO 13
1960 Corvair Monza 4dr Sedan 00769K112531 4- MSO 2
1960 Corvair Monza 700 4dr Sedan 00769K109166 4- MSO
1964 corvair 4dr Sedan 00527W225802 4- MSO 15
1963 Corvair 95 Greenbriar Van 3R125S108451 4- MSO 46
1977 Vega Kammback Wagon 1V15B7U138603 4 MSO 1
1986 Cavalier 4dr Sedan 1G1AD6965CJL39351 5 MSO 24

Complete list of 500 cars -
VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC -
2 Day Auction September 28th-29th, 2013
Link: http://www.va...;allimages=NO

50 Years of the Porsche 911

By vegavairbob

Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and with such genuine continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others.

More than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it one of the most successful sports cars in the world. Over 70 percent ever produced are still on the road today. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand. Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theater or through New York City traffic.”

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track. The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche's 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.


The First 911 (1963) - Birth of a Legend

As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963 as the 901, and renamed the 911 for its market launch in 1964. Its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 131 mph. If you wanted to take things a little slower, starting in 1965 you could also opt for the four-cylinder Porsche 912. In 1966 Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world's first ever safety cabriolet. The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 liters (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world's first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.


The G-Series (1973) - The Second Generation

Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated headrests. One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-liter 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique. The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3. At 300 hp it was the best in its class. In 1983 the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; with a 3.2 liter 231 hp engine, it became a favorite collectors’ item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the fifties.


The 964 (1988) - Classic Modern

Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964). After 15 years of production, the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85 percent new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle. Its air-cooled 3.6 liter boxer engine delivered 250 hp. Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, Tiptronic, power steering, and airbags, and rode on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension. A revolutionary member of the new 911 line right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, starting in 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo. Initially powered by the proven 3.3 liter boxer engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 360 hp 3.6 liter power plant. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are in particularly high demand among collectors.


The 993 (1993) - The Last Air-Cooled Models

The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver. The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to polyellipsoid headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminum chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emission stock automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminum wheels, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports car purist who cherished the thrill of high speeds. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. But the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.


The 996 (1997) - Water-Cooled

The 996, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new automobile. This comprehensively redesigned generation was the first to be driven by a water-cooled boxer engine. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads it achieved 300 hp and broke new ground in terms of reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The exterior design was a reinterpretation of the 911's classic line, but with a lower drag coefficient (cW) of 0.30. The lines of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with Porsche’s successful Boxster model. Its most obvious exterior feature were the headlights with integrated turn signals, at first controversial but later copied by many other manufacturers. On the inside, drivers experienced an entirely new cockpit. Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first car equipped with ceramic brakes as standard, was marketed as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the fall of 2000.


The 997 (2004) - Classicism and Modernity

In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate blinkers in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. It was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 liter boxer engine that turned out 325 hp while the new 3.8 liter engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.


The 991 (2011) – Refined by Experience

This car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the class benchmark for decades, the new 911 generation raised performance and efficiency to new levels. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tires and an ergonomically optimized interior – it all adds up to an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance - even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the smaller 3.4 liter displacement in the Carrera basic model (yet developing 5 hp more than the 997/II), and to its hybrid steel/aluminum construction, which significantly reduces curb weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the world’s first seven-gear manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard for automobile design. It is the best 911 of all time – until the next generation.
from Porsche Press release


My pick - 1984-'89 911 Carrera Coupe, the last of the original look 911s. As per Motor Trend, the '84-'89 Carrera has 0-to-60 times in the mid-five-second range, quarter-mile times in the low 14s, 0.80g on the skidpad, Porsche's usual superb build quality, and the Carrera 3.2 engine will run well 150,000 miles and more. All this in the $20s!

Buyer's Guide: 1984-1989 911 Porsche Carrera
The modern classic you can drive every day
From the October 2006 issue of Motor Trend
Link: http://www.mo...ixzz2cG5Sci48

Vega GT Returns to "Long Island Cars" Show, Belmont Racetrack

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My 1973 Vega GT returned to the Long Island Cars Show at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont NY Sunday, August 11th.
In its third outing there since '06, the field was huge and the competition was fierce. The original Vega can hold its own to restored entries, pulling off 1st or 2nd Place in class and took 2nd this time. I asked the judge after the show what specific areas prevented the car from taking the top spot. As I suspected, a few paint chips on a wheel and the need for further engine compartment detailing were the reasons. If corrected he said, "You should be OK."
If any consolation, the flawless, yellow 2007 Corvette Z06 next to me also took 2nd place in its class.

Vega GT at Long Island Cars Show - Belmont Racetrack
August 6, 2006 1st Place
November 5, 2006 2nd Place
August 11, 2013 2nd Place


109 photos - Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013
Link http://www.mo...11-2013-32945

Cosworth Vega Awarded at Super Chevy Show and Carlisle GM Nationals

By vegavairbob

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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 hosted nearly 100 years of automotive history with cars ranging from the 1900s to modern day with 88 different show classes, an an enormous car corral and vender swap meet There was a massive turnout of over 1000 show cars on Saturday. I arrived 9:30 Saturday morning after a four-hour trip from Long Island. My Cosworth Vega was a Showfield entry Sat & Sun. Stayed over in Harrisburg Sat. night and left Sun. after the Awards Parade. The car was awarded "First Place" in its class.

Next up was the Super Chevy Show, Maple Grove Raceway Mohton, Pa. July 19-21, 2013. The biggest Super Chevy Show in the country returned to Maple Grove Raceway as hundreds of cars with the bowtie moniker, and other General Motors products made heir way to Southeastern Pennsylvania to show and race.
I arrived Saturday morning and participated in both the Sat. and Sun. shows with my Cosworth Vega. The car was awarded "Show Class Winner." At the end of the show on Sunday, I had a conversation with the Super Chevy Editor. He asked if he could drive the Cosworth. How could I say no to the Editor of Super Chevy magazine.

Photo from Super Chevy at Super Chevy Show, Maple Grove Raceway Mohton, Pa. July 21, 2013.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro - If it aint broke, don't fix it.. too much

By vegavairbob

The 2014 Camaro represents the most significant redesign since the introduction of the fifth-generation Camaro as a concept car in 2006.
Tom Peters, Camaro exterior design director said, "The 2014 Camaro is our opportunity to apply what we have learned listening to our customers, and our continuing development of high-performance models. We look for solutions that are both functional and beautiful so that the result is genuine Chevrolet - simple, powerful, honest, and more than expected."

Compared to the previous model, the design represents a strong visual change front and rear, resulting in a wider, lower, more contemporary appearance. The front fascia features a wider lower opening, and a narrower upper opening that also updates the appearance of the halo ring HID headlamps on the RS package. The functional hood vent on the SS helps reduce heat and aerodynamic lift. Moving to the rear, the sculptural decklid, horizontal lamps and diffuser complete the powerful statement.
There has been some negative reaction to the new tailights without cause as they resemble the tailights of the '69 which were also tri-divided single units

Super Chevy Show - Maple Grove Raceway Mohton, Pa. July 19-21, 2013

By vegavairbob

The biggest Super Chevy Show in the country returned to Maple Grove Raceway July 19-21 as hundreds of cars with the bowtie moniker, and other General Motors products made heir way to Southeastern Pennsylvania to show and race.
With Super Chevy magazine celebrating its 40th anniversary, The Grove again pulled out all the stops making this edition one of the track’s “must see” events. Presented by Chevrolet Performance and Original Parts Group, this year’s Super Chevy Show included:
• The largest car show in the series featured two days of judging by Full House Motorsports, and for those who wanted to show their cars without formal judging were welcome to join Bowtie Blvd. Show & Shine.
• Bracket racing in three classes, included the [i[DriveDuracell.com electronics class, non-electronics class and DOT class. Other races included CamaroGuys.com Gen 5 Challenge, True Street and a Last Chance Race.
• Outlaw Pro Mod Wars, a fan favorite featured cars reaching 200 mph on the quartermile.
• Jet cars heated up the summer passes approaching 300 mph, and featured the new Queen of Diamonds II driven by Jill Canuso, Al Hanna’s two Jet Funny Cars, included the Gojo Firebird and the Xlerator Top Secret, as well as Bob VanSciver and his Jersey Thunder Jet Dragster.
• The RacingJunk.com swap meet with the Collector Car Nation car corral was for all those hard-to-find restoration treasures and project cars.
• Manufacturers midway, featured the best in Chevrolet performance and restoration parts.

Car show registration commenced at 8 a.m. Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Saturday's awards were at 3:30 p.m. and Sunday’s car show awards were also at 3:30 p.m.
Racing began Friday with two sets of time trials with a single time run on Saturday before eliminations that continued through Sunday.
The Jenkins Competition special award, in honor of the late Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, was presented to the door car from Saturday’s time session that has the lowest elapsed time.

I arrived Sat. morning and participated in both the Sat. and Sun. shows with my Cosworth Vega. The car was a "Class Winner."
At the end of the show on Sunday, I had a conversation with the Super Chevy Editor. He asked if he could drive the Cosworth. How could I say no to the Editor of Super Chevy magazine. (see album last photos)


Link to Super Chevy article, Successful Ending to Another Super Chevy Show at Maple Grove Raceway
http://superc...rove-raceway/

Award-Winning Vega GT Survivor Turns 40

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My 1973 Vega GT Millionth Vega has turned 40 years-old. But only in years as the all original, well-preserved Vega has but 8k miles. Built June 1973, the car is 1 of 6500 Millionth Vega special editions produced May thru July at the GM Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio (where Chevy Cruzes are produced today).
The first titled owner (Illinois) bought it new at auction Sept.24, 1996 with 151 miles. I'm the second titled owner (NY) bought June 20, 2002 with 3,429 miles.
In the 11 years that I've owned the car, it's been driven mainly to shows and events and otherwise stored indoors as before.

The car has won more than 30 awards usually competing against restored entries, but was recognized for its originality at the Hemmings 2010 New England Concours D 'Elegance winning "Favorite Original" and "Best Preservation."
The same year the car was featured in a Motor Trend Classic retrospective Vega-Pinto-Gremlin comparison and featured in a video having been a selected winner in the Car Domain/Castrol Unlock Your Performance contest. The car has also appeared in Hemmings Motor News, Super Chevy and most recently, Hemmings Classic Car.
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Ever since the day I first saw a new Vega Millionth edition in the showroom (I was 13), It's been my favorite car. This one is as close to new as the one I couldn't have back in 1973.
Happy 40th to my survivor which has helped salvage the Vega's troubled legacy...

Frank Markus, Technical Director of Motor Trend wrote of my Vega after a drive for a Motor Trend Classic retrospective comparison test in 2010,
"After a few gentle miles, I begin to understand how this car won its awards and comparison tests."
He closes the article agreeing with MT's initial assessment of the Vega and how it fared compared to its domestic competition; he wrote-
"Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let’s face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971’s Car of the Year."
"..well-maintained examples are great looking, nice-driving, economical classics—like Baltic Ave. with a Hotel, the best ones can be had for $10K or less.


see also:
1973 Chevy Vega GT - Millionth Vega
Link http://www.mo...-of-6500-8783

Photo: 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega showing off first place trophies

Chevy Vega GT Brought Out of Hibernation - Takes Trophy

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After 10 years of shows and events, my 1973 Vega GT has been hibernating in the garage lately as my 1976 Cosworth Vega purchased last Summer had taken its place on the show circuit. But today I brought the GT out for a 250+ car show on Long Island's North Fork, the Cutchogue Lions 43rd Annual Car Show, July 7, 2013. A popular vote show awarding the top-fifty cars, the Vega was announced in the top-ten.
It was a hot weekend on Long Island; luckily, I had found a spot under a shady tree avoiding direct sun. The car looked and ran excellent; this Spring it was treated to a Zymol detail in and out, an Amsol Synthetic "Z-Rod" (added zinc) oil change and a coolant change. After the show, as always, the car was carefully driven home, washed then returned to its climate-controlled garage.

The GT will return to the Long Island Cars Show, Belmont Racetrack, Elmont, NY August 11, 2013, then first time at the Long Island Cars Show, MacArthur Airport, Ronkonkoma, NY Aug. 25, 2013 and the A.A.C.A. NY Peconic region "Hallockville Meet" Riverhead, NY Sept. 29, 2013 where the car participated in the annual event 2006-'11

see also:
Award-Winning Chevy Vega GT Survivor Turns 40
Link http://www.mo...urns-40-12768


Photo: '73 Vega GT and trophy at home after the show July 7, 2013

Carlisle GM Nationals - June 21-23, 2013

By vegavairbob

The GM Nationals Carlisle show was filled with some of the coolest GM vehicles in the country, everything from full-on restorations to high-performance muscle machines.
There was a massive turnout of over 1000 show cars on Saturday. Great weather, guests and a wide array of cars helped make the GM Carlisle event the best weekend of its type. Bobby Allison held a non-stop audience for over two hours, Paul Koerner, Dennis Kirban and Andrew Flippone, Jr. hosted seminars and Q&A sessions, while Bruce Larson's Cacklefest drew crowds with each session.

Displays included one dedicated to Hi-Po Buicks, Turbo Buicks, the Buick Grand National and the GNX. The showfield hosted nearly 100 years of automotive history with cars ranging from the 1900s to modern day with 88 different show classes, an enormous car corral and 1,000 vendor spaces.
With just as many cruisers as muscle cars onsite, there was a very impressive snapshot of Detroit's best. A handful of awards were issued and Sunday concluded with an awards parade.
I arrived 9:30 Saturday morning after a four-hour trip from Long Island. My Cosworth Vega was a Showfield entry Sat & Sun. Stayed over in Harrisburg Sat. night and left Sunday after the Awards Parade.
Next year's weekend is June 20-22, 2014.

2013 Show Winners List
http://www.ca...M_Winners.pdf


see also -
Friday Carlisle Gallery from Chevy High Performance
http://www.ch...tionals_2013/

Saturday Carlisle Gallery from Chevy High Performance
http://www.ch...tionals_2013/

Mad Men land the Chevy Account - will promote the XP-887 (Chevy Vega)

By vegavairbob

Car fanatics have a reason to wait for the final season of Mad Men” AMC’s Emmy award-winning television drama which follows a fictional New York advertising agency in the late 1960s because It looks like Chevrolet and its cars, from the Camaro Z28 to the coming compact Vega, will continue in their supporting roles.
In Season 6, set in 1968, Don Draper lands an account with Chevrolet to promote its upcoming “top-secret car,” the XP-887, the internal name for GM's corporately designed subcompact that would come to be known as the Chevy Vega. Don summed up Chevy’s hopes for the new design: “It’s totally new. They know there’s been nothing before Mustang and nothing after it, but they’re hoping it’s this.”
Ted said in a later episode, "They let me see the clay model, and it's no dog" with Don's reply for Chevy to call him in 1970 when they're ready to make an ad.
For an advertising firm like Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the Vega would have been a gold mine potentially worth the risks the shows characters are taking to get the business. Compared with Jaguar, the fictional firm’s previous big auto account, Chevrolet sold more Vegas in a few months than all the E-Type Jaguars sold in more than a decade of production.
Chevrolet sent two tweets last night about the show, although the automaker has no official link or partnership with “Mad Men.” Chevy first tweeted asking fans to speculate what ad Don Draper, founding partner will create.
Will the car play a big role in future episodes? Will we get to see the XP-877 – perhaps as a clay model in GM’s Warren, Mich. design center? Possibly. Will Don Draper cruise around town in a Vega as he did in the Jaguar? Not likely, as the XP-887 was announced in 1968, but advertising started in May 1970, a month before the car's name was released and the first one rolled off the assembly line. The most we can hope for is a clay model or prototype, unless the final season advances an additional year.
In real life, Chevrolet had a 90-year relationship with Campbell-Ewald, the ad firm behind "baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet" and in their day Vegas sold like mad, with Chevrolet producing nearly 2 million in seven years.

MAD MEN - AMC, Episode Guide - Season 6, Episode 6
http://www.am...diate-release

Chevy Vega Ads - Chevy Vega Group
http://www.mo...ega-ads-24177

Cosworth Vega takes 1st in class at Long Island Cars Show

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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 season opener April 7th at MacArthur Airport.
After an application of Zymol detailing spray to the paint and wheels, and a windows cleaning, the Cosworth was ready to be judged. At the end of the day the car had won 1st Place in its stock 70s class.

Several weeks ago, I had used Zymol Cleanse and Zymol Carbon Wax on the paint and Zymol Vinyl Cleaner, then Zymol Vinyl Conditioner to the interior with beautiful results. Unlike my 73 Vega GT, the Cosworth is displayed with its hood proudly open! In the cargo area, a gold-framed "Cosworth, One Vega For The Price of Two" ad was displayed along with a copy of the car's 2013 Motor Trend Classic article in a thin black binder and a 1986-vintage CVOA magazine proudly proclaiming on its cover Car and Driver's selection of the Cosworth as one of "10 Most Collectable Cars" (1976-1986).

The car has a show-winning history. According to previous owners, it was a Cosworth Vega Owners Association "1987 National Round Up" show winner at the event in Gettysburg, Pa. and had won its class in almost every CVOA show entered including the "1995 National Round-Up" in Detroit and the CVOA "2003 National Round-Up" in Austin Texas.


Photo: '76 Cosworth Vega and 1st place trophy, home after the show.

Cosworth Vega vs Capri II in Motor Trend Classic - Spring 2013 Issue

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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 October 1975 article pitted the Cosworth against the Capri II 2.8 with each trimmed in matching black paint with gold wheels and pinstripping...
For this test, we were fortunate enough to find two superb cars, each owned by a marque expert. Vega guru Robert Spinello recently acquired #3466 Cossie, in Mahogany over Buckskin (eight additional colors were added for 1976), is one of 815 featuring the desirable M75 five-speed and 4.10:1 axle ($244), and benefits from many of the 300 quality enhancements made for the Vega’s penultimate year, including galvanized fenders and rockers along with a restyled grille and tail lamps. Showing just 2681 miles during our photo shoot, it’s racked up myriad trophies while being passed around the Cosworth Vega club via trailer (but Robert drives it!)."

Overblown - "The China Syndrome might have overhyped the TMI (Three-Mile Island) incident as bad press might have exaggerated the Vega's woes."
"I can definitely sense some of the Vega's raw, untamed nature that my predecessors described."
"Stylish and historically significant but ridiculously overpriced in its day and ultimately a bit unfinished, the ultimate Vega now represents a serious collector bargain."

Photo: Cosworth Vega and Capri II face off at Three Mile Island, October 20, 2012. MT photo from the article.

see also:
The Motor Trend Classic Chevrolet Cosworth Vega vs Mercury Capri II article on Motor Trend.com
Link: http://www.mo...ury_capri_ii/

Chevrolet Cosworth Vega - Chevy Vega Wiki
Link: http://chevyv...Cosworth_Vega

Zymol products gave amazing results

By vegavairbob

Zymol products I purchaced - left to right Zymol Vinyl Conditioner, Zymol Vinyl Cleaner, Zymol Auto Wash, Zymol HD Cleanse. and Zymol Carbon wax in foreground.

I wanted to buy Zymol vinyl cleaner and conditioner as no other company makes specific (non-silicone) vinyl-care products anymore but then I decided to try some of their other products as well - Zymol Auto Wash, HD Cleanse Pre-Wax Cleaner, and Carbon Wax (for dark colors). After reading and being told these products feed the paint, have no petroleum distillates, no abrasives, and give amazing results, I was very interested.

The package arrived two days after I placed the order, and the result - after a couple of hours of detailing with these products, the Vega GT looks like it just got a $10k paint job (the factory lacquer paint is 40 years old). After comparing the first waxed fender to the unwaxed door - I've never seen such a difference, and my car was already preserved and shiny.
The HD Cleanse gave the paint a brilliant polished look, but the Carbon Wax afterwards really made the paint pop. This is not Zymol cleaner/wax found at Pep Boys. Zymol's higher line waxes are usually used on Ferarris and Porches - with the Carbon Wax (which is stored in the fridge after opening) the results outweigh the cost - you get what you pay for. You don't need to use much and the stuff smells great, same with the interior cleaner which gave the 40-year old vinyl interior a fresh as-new look.
After 10 years of detailing the car for more than 30 judged shows including a Concourse event and a MT article, after today it hasn't looked better. The results were beyond expectation.

Next up was the Cosworth Vega. I expected the same or even better results on the dark paint. The Mahogany Metallic paint doesn't pop like the Bright Orange, but I guess neither would any other color. It does look much shiner than it did from several coats of Meguiars polish/glaze applied since I bought the car in August. Just one application of Zymol HD Cleanse and Zymol Carbon Wax brought out the best of the 37 year-old lacquer paint, The photos (see album) were taken early evening under overcast -they don't quite capture the brilliance achieved. In person though the cars look ready for a concourse show or a museum display (I bet many museums use this stuff). Although preserved, these factory paint jobs are 37-40 years-old. I can only imagine how a new car or an expensive paint job would look after using these products. Both cars interiors were cleaned with the vinyl cleaner but the the vinyl conditioner was put on hold-- according to the directions, the vinyl seats need to be softened (warmed from the sun) before application.

Next up, was the Vega Panel Express, which has 10 year-old dual stage poly paint (w/clear). It worked equally well on the car's newer paint.
I'm also bought Zymol Detailer spray locally for show touch-ups. It should be interesting to see what kind of reaction the cars will get at this season's shows. They look so good some might even question their originality.
I would guess the $20. liquid Zymol Cleaner/Wax would give as good or better results as anything else, but moving up to their $49. wax product is an entirely different ballgame - it's in a class by itself. The wax is actually a zyme (def. - a ferment or enzyme), hence the fridge storage.

Do the pros like it?
"The pros definitely recommend Zymol car wax when used as a polish or wash/wax. It smells great, protects your paint and water will bubble on it. If you don't like to spend a lot of time waxing and cleaning your car, Zymol is easy to use and will give you satisfactory results. However, if you are planning to enter a car show, you may have amazing results when it's used with their other cleaning products. The reported results are a glossy fantastic shine with no hazing that is superior to other products. Most pros say that Zymol car wax leaves your car smooth and shiny with a wet look."

Zymol Retailer-
I made my purchase from Jonathan Bisset, a nice guy selling Zymol products 15 years and a "top rated plus" ebay seller.
One of his recommendations was a sheepskin mitt (not pictured above) for washing which I also purchased.from him. Shipping on the order was free!
Link to his Ebay store - Zymol section (60 items): http://stores...ub=2083289018
Link to Genuine Sheepskin Wash Mitt in his store http://www.eb...tem4147b38298


Zymol website-
All Zymol Paste waxes and Glazes are hand crafted from a carriage maker's formula developed in Germany. The original formula was derived from animal products. Todays Zymol products are almost entirely plant based ingredients.
Carbon Wax (dark coloured cars) http://www.zy...onwax8oz.aspx
Creame Wax (light coloured cars) http://www.zy...mewax8oz.aspx

Zymol Carbon Wax Reviews - 5 stars (18 ratings) including my review at the top http://www.am...ateDescending

Chevy Vega Wiki

By vegavairbob

I started a Wiki on the Chevy Vega and its variants a year ago featuring 17 pages (16 articles), blogs and over 400 images. I wrote and edited the material over a two year period. The Reviews article is new and I've added hundreds of images. Pontiac Sunbird article has been added.

Chevrolet Vega
Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
Chevrolet Vega Reviews
Millionth Vega
Car and Driver's 1973 Vega GT #0
V8 Vegas
Lordstown Assembly
Vert-A-Pac (Vega Rail Cars)
DeLorean Factor
Subcompact
GM H-Platform
Pontiac Astre
Chevrolet Monza
Pontiac Sunbird
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Image: My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega at the Motor Trend Classic photoshoot in April, 2010.

Cosworth Vega and Vega GT in Hemmings Classic Car magazine photoshoot on Long Island for upcoming article

By vegavairbob

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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.
Richard Lentinello, the Editor in Chief of Hemmings took many photos of the cars individually and together.
Both cars were invited to Hemmings New England Concours D 'Elegance shows.
The Vega GT participated in the 2010 judged event in Stratton, Vernont winning "Favorite Original" and "Best Prerservation" awards.
The Cosworth Vega participated in the 2012 non-judged event in Saratoga Springs, NY.

see also:
Chevy Vega GT sweeps 2010 Hemmings New England Concours D' Elegance
Link: http://www.mo...elegance-8935

Cosworth Vega invited to 2012 Hemmings New England Concours D' Elegance
Link: http://www.mo...legance-11335

AACA Museum in Hershey Pa. - October 21, 2012

By vegavairbob

The day after my Motor Trend Classic photoshoot in Harrisburg Pa. (see album) and before beginning the 240-mile trip back to Long Island, I visited the AACA Museum in Hershey Pa. A car show was taking place on the grounds. Looking to grab a spot on the show field, I was politely referred to visitor parking after being informed it was a Ford club-held show, consisting only of Ford-powered vehicles, mainly Shelby Cobras and Mustangs Photos of some of the Museum's inventory along with a few of the show cars are included in the album, while scenic shots from my drivers seat close the album. The fall-foliaged mountains of Pa. turn into the vertical N.Y. skyline heading back to Long Island.

Image:My 1976 Cosworth Vega in front of the A.A.C.A Museum, Hershey Pa.

Cosworth Vega / Capri II in Motor Trend Classic photoshoot in Harrisburg Pa. for upcoming article

By vegavairbob

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My 1976 Cosworth Vega and a 1976 Capri II met up in Harrisburg, Pa. October 20, 2012 for a Motor Trend Classic photoshoot. The MT photographer took hundreds of photos of the cars at Three Mile Island and several other locations, including the cars in motion, individually and together. The best of Motor Trend's images will be used in a retrospective comparison featuring the Cosworth and the Capri in the Motor Trend Classic Spring 2013 issue due out March 2013.. In the meantime, a sneak peak with shots I took. (see album). A Cosworth and a Capri II were tested together originally in the Motor Trend October 1975 issue.


see also:
Chevrolet Cosworth Vega - Chevy Vega Wiki
Link: http://chevyv...Cosworth_Vega


Image: Cosworth Vega and Capri II face off at Three Mile Island, October 20, 2012.

How many 10 to 30 Year-Old Cars are Left - Guidlines and Surprises

By vegavairbob

In the Invester's Guide to American Convertibles and Special-Interest Automobiles 1946-1976, published in 1979, there is a formula used for how many old cars are remaining.

How the numbers are arrived at: Numbers are based on registration figures, not absolute number remaining-its a general idea of a particular car's rarity.
Next, the findings- After 8-10 years, all cars tend to take a sharp dive in survival, some at a greater rate than others. It is not uncommon for cars past their fourteenth birthday to disappear at the rate of 30 percent (or more) of those remaining per year. Plentiful cars have a way of becoming scarce in a very short period of time.

Numbers from the book - a few samples with varying production levels:
10 year-old cars in 1979 when book was published:
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Cpe/Convt -
# produced: 243,100 # remaining in '79: 121,550
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Conv't -
# produced: 16,608 - # remaining in '79: 8,304
1969 Chevrolet Corvair Conv't -
# produced: 521 - # remaining in '79: 260

20 year-old cars in 1979 when book was published:
1959 Chevrolet Impala Convt -
# produced: 69,282 - # remaining in '79: 1,100
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Convt -
# produced: 9,670 - # remaining in '79: 200
1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convt -
# produced: 11,130- # remaining in '79: 280

30 year-old cars in 1979 when book was published:
1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convt -
# produced: 32,392 - # remaining in '79: 65
1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Wgn -
# produced: 3,400 - # remaining in '79: 6
1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convt -
# produced: 8000 - # remaining in '79: 21

The 30 year old-car sample just above gives an idea how many 30 year-old cars are left, not many.

A Possible Glitch:
There is a glitch with the formula presented in the 1979 book, and it was touched on even then. More people are preserving and collecting old cars than in the past which could effect survival rates, but even so, this pertains mainly to very desirable Early Classics and 60s Muscle Cars. These are the cars really driving the Hobby, the Auctions, and the Aftermarket companys, going as far as offering complete new bodies for the most popular cars like the 69 Camaro presented above. This assures a marque's ability to survive in greater numbers. You can probably expect most to conform to the formula.

Numbers from the Bureau of Transportation:
2.6% of the vehicles in the US are estimated to be 30 years old or older.
Per Bureau of Transportation stats, the 2006 stat for number of vehicles registered was 250,851,833.
2.6% of the above figure is 6,522,148

I've had the book as a reference for many years. I found the BOT percentage today with a two minute Google search.

Cosworth Vega invited to 2012 Hemmings New England Concours D' Elegance

By vegavairbob

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My 1976 Cosworth Vega was a "Preservation" class entry at the 2012 New England Concours D' Elegance presented by Hemmings Motor News October 30th at the Saratoga Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs N.Y. After being only trailered to club events by previous owners this was the car's first long-distance driven run - 470 miles round-trip. The '76 Cosworth, all-original with 2k miles, was positioned in the 8-vehicle PRE class and was the "newest" car in the field.

Preservation (PRE)
1962 Chrysler 300 convertible
1965 Rambler Classic 770
1965 Pontiac Star Chief sedan
1966 Chevrolet Chevy II L79
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
1971 Chevrolet Corvette 350/270hp
1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

There were fewer classes (5 as opposed to 20 in 2010) - "Chrysler Imperial," New York State-Made," Preservation," "Porsche 356" and "Shelby" grouped the 31 class entries.
93 additional entries vowed for the 19 subjective awards including - "Biggest Wow Factor," "Most Striking Color Combination" and "The Car You Wished You Had in High School."
After arriving at 8:30 AM, I did some final detailing. The event ended hours early at 2 PM due to inclement weather, although it was fun hanging out a while with two previous Cosworth Vega owners. Spectators and invitees alike complimented the car.
Since it wasn't a judged event this year, the Hemmings staff had subjective criteria in choosing the winners of my "Preservation" class as it was announced both were original-owner cars. A '68 Chevelle SS 396 4-speed took the class win. A pristine '65 Pontiac sedan took runner-up. With the announcement of the winners, it was over and I began my 240-mile trip home to Long Island.

I enjoyed participating in the prestigious event but it was a far cry from my victorious weekend at the 2010 New England Concours D' Elegance presented by Hemmings Motor News with my '73 Vega GT. The 15-car "Preservation" class had a diverse assembly of vehicles, ranging from a 1935 Packard to a 1975 Porsche. My 6k miles Vega GT was judged "Best Preservation."

See also
Hemmings Daily - La Salle braves the rain to win Best of Show at New England Concours d’Elegance
Link: http://blog.h...rs-delegance/
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My 1976 Chevy Cosworth Vega at the 2012 New England Concours D' Elegance, Saratoga Springs, New York, September 30, 2012

A stunning Reo Red 1958 Chevy Impala at the 2012 New England Concours D' Elegance

By vegavairbob

Parked just a few yards from my Cosworth Vega at the Concours, this was one of the most stunning Chevys I have ever seen! This 1958 Impala has a 348 dual quad engine (the first "big block" in a Chevy passenger car.)
One of 93 "Additional Invitees" at the Concours, this Impala surely could have won any of these 4 of 24 awards presented "Biggest Wow Factor, (optional big-block power, all that chrome including side spears and roof vent trim) or "Most Intriguing Rear View," (those classic triple tailights), or "Rolling Sculpture" (the rounded body lines, wrap-around windshield and curved rear fins) or "Most Striking Color Combination" (the coolest shade of red I have ever seen - inside and out!) Rear fender skirts would add even more bling.
1958 was the Glamour year for General Motors. Quad headlamps were introduced on Chevys to Corvettes to Cadillacs. Extra chrome was added to all upper models, even Corvettes had chrome "trunk spears." This one-year body style set the standard for the Impala nameplate for decades.

Cars of the Beatles! "C'mon baby drive my car, yes I'm gonna be a star..."

By vegavairbob

I’ve been a Beatles fan for about as long as I’ve been a car fan - pretty much my entire life, so this was fun uncovering The Beatles cars!
With all their fame and fortune, the Beatles were able to afford any car they wished and eventually had many between them. From John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce Phantom V to George Harrison's Ferrari 365 GTC, The Beatles have always liked to ride in style.
George's Mclaren F1 may possibly be the fastest production road car the world will ever see - on March 31,1998, a McLaren F1 set the record, topping at 231 mph with rev limiter on, and 242.95 mph with rev limiter removed.
Many of their previously owned vehicles have gone to the auction block, selling for vasts amounts of money. Click related photos to see the Beatles' rides, and some cool vintage shots of the Beatles themselves with their rides. This is by no means a complete list - only their vehicles that have available photos.
There is some cool stuff in the photo captions and click on related video to see a vintage short on John's psychedelic '65 Rolls Royce Phantom V.

Included in photo album-
John Lennon's cars
1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe - 6 photos
1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL -6 photos
1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V - 12 photos
1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V - 5 photos
1956 Bentley S1 - 4 photos
1970 Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman Limousine - 1 photo
1970 Austin - 2 photos
1956 Austin Princess - 2 photos
1972 Chrysler Station Wagon - 3 photos
1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD - 2 photos

Paul McCartney's cars
1965 Radford Mini Cooper S - 7 photos
1965 Aston Martin DB5 - 7 photos
1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 - 6 photos
1970 Range Rover Classic - 1 photo
1970 Rolls Royce Corniche - 1 photo
1960s Austin Mini-Moke - 1 photo
1940s Ford Street Rod - 2 photos
1989 Ford Bronco - 1 photo
2005 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible - 4 photos
2006 Lexus RX400 Hybrid - 5 photos
2009 Lexus LS 600 Hybrid - 3 photos

George Harrison's cars
1955 Ford Anglia - 1 photo
1960s Jaguar Mk II Saloon - 1 photo
1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe - 5 photos
1965 Aston Martin DB5 - 6 photos
1965 Radford Mini Cooper S - 6 photos
1960s Mercedes sedan - 2 photos
1970s Mercedes 250CE coupe - 2 photos
1969 Ferrari 365 GTC - 4 photos
1986 Mercedes-Benz 560E AMG - 2 photos
BMW-powered Rocket Racer - 1 photo
1994 McLaren F1 - 3 photos

Ringo Starr's cars
1950s Ford Zephyr - 1 photo
1964 Facel Vega - 1 photo
1965 Mini Cooper - 1 photo
1966 Radford Mini Cooper - 2 photos
1960 Mercedes 190SL - 3 photos
1967 Mercedes coupe - 1 photo
1968 Ford Mustang - 2 photos
1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E - 2 photos
1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEL Coupe - 2 photos
2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe - 2 photos

Other car photos related to or featuring Beatles - 23 photos

Vega GT Millionth Vega "Super Chevy Show" Class Winner on superchevy.com

By vegavairbob

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My 1973 Vega GT - Millionth Vega won "Show Class Winner'' & "Best Open Class" at Super Chevy Show - Maple Grove Raceway, Pa. July 16-17, 2011. It was featured in Super Chevy magazine, November 2011 in event coverage and was posted on superchevy.com.

Caption from Super Chevy magazine/web article:
"An interesting oddity in the show-car field was Robert Spinello’s 7,000-original-mile ’73 Vega GT. He’s had it for nine years and is only the second owner of the special-edition Bow Tie. When he bought it, there were only 3,800 miles on the clock."

see also:
Link: Walking Tour Of Maple Grove Raceway Chevy Show
http://www.ch...y-chevy-show/
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