Tuesday, April 17, 2018

V8 Swapped: 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth

What is a Cosworth Vega worth on the open market these days...particularly an example that is in great shape, but has had its overhead cam 4-banger replaced with a 383 cubic inch pushrod equipped stroker?  I'm not sure about the asking price...but this next Vega will be the fastest Vega around town. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Vega Cosworth offered for $18999 in Hartford, KY via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

1975 Chevy Vega Cosworth w 383 stroker 485 hp. This is the ultimate sleeper. Looks factory except the stance and the sound. Original paint and body panels. The motor has eagle 120007-40 kit . J&E pistons, 202 valve heads, Ballanced and blueprinted, roller lifters. Alum. intake, Holley 750 dual line carb. MSD dist. 

Looks like a factory installation tried headers and went back w special exhaust manifolds that work the steering column. The motor runs cool, had it up to 120 mph when the owner drove it to the showroom. 
4 speed Borg warner trans w rear fear 3:70. Narrowed rear end looks great.
The car is #0610 according to the dash plaque. The interior is original, the seats look great and the interior is good shape.

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  1. OK, never at my age would I have ever thought I would feel tempted to actually put the words "Bad-ass" and Vega together in the same sentence. But, here I am! I like my powerful cars to be understated. Not gawdy and overly flashy. The COPO idea actually works here. From basic black to the dog dishes and even cooler is the very clean and vintage/stock looking underhood treatment. Can't believe it, but I can respect this.

  2. I visit this site everyday for the engine swaps. No disappointments here!

  3. +1 for not having a huge, hideous cowl hood.

  4. Trying to change the drivers side spark plugs may lead to swearing...

    1. really as simple as oil changes in certain Italian exotics. simply drop the engine.

  5. Soooo... you take the only Vega with any collectibility value and you remove the only thing that makes it collectible. I get the performance boost thing, but you'd think they could've found another host. Perhaps its Cosworth pedigree was the only reason the chassis was preserved this long.

    1. Maybe the original Cosworth 4cl done blowed up. In that case he should have replaced it with a Cosworth DFV V8 as used in F1 of this vintage. They had mechanical injection also. How's that affect the pedigree?

    2. A GM Ecotec would fit nicely in a vega and they can make a lot of power.


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