Junkyard Find, Part II: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega
After seeing today’s Junkyard Find ’75 Vega, the members of the Vega Jihad are doubtless pounding out 10,000-word screeds about The Greatest Car Ever Made (never underestimate the suspension of disbelief required to be a member of the Vega Jihad), and I’m sure that the Cosworth Vega will be mentioned numerous times during said screeds. That’s why it’s fortunate that I have a bonus Junkyard Find today, a genuine, one-of-3,508-made junked Cosworth Vega, which TTAC reader and historically accurate 80s minitruck road racer Jesse Cortez found and photographed at a Northern California wrecking yard.
This Cosworth Vega’s engine was spun a little too enthusiastically, which sent a rod through the side of the block.
However, it comes with a couple of spare blocks and heads. Maybe they’re good!
With its Cosworth-designed cylinder head and fuel injection, the 2,400-pound Cosworth Vega had 110 horsepower under the hood. Compare that to the 75 horses of the base Vega.
I haven’t seen a Cosworth Vega in person since the mid-1980s; most got used up and discarded.
MRF 95 T-Bird on Feb 18, 2012
Vega-victim of the tyranny of the bean counter. Back in the 70's I knew a bunch of people who bought these, mainly used. Same issues on all cooling problems head gaskets, bodies that rotted because they were never dipped or used galvanized steel. It was a shame GM did not just use its small car technology from overseas Opel, Vauxhall and Holden which was far better.
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