Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Marketplace Feature: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

The Cosworth Vega is probably one of the most under appreciated classics on the market today. Had it been a success, maybe the American sports car market would have evolved differently throughout the 70's and 80's.

Unfortunately for the Cosworth Vega, emissions regulations came about at the last minute and the power output of the twin-cam four fell to a quaint 110 horsepower, a whopping 75 horsepower short of the original prototype engines of '71. Costing over $2,000 more than a top-of-the line '75 Camaro didn't really aid in find more buyers either, as Chevrolet ended up achieving less than 8% of their sales goal.

But just imagine if these cars did have 185hp and they did sell 30,000 units. They would have been absolutely incredible. Would the American sports car market have started to look more like the English and German markets that produced so many incredible cars like the Talbot Lotus Sunbeam and the DroopSnoot Firenza HPE? Would throaty twin-cam fours have found their way into more American rear-wheel-drive platforms, like T-bodies and Pintos?

Snap this one up before the prices go crazy! Plenty of people jam small block sixes and eights in these cars, but how cool would it be to build the Cossie motor up to exact '71 prototype specs?

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