Monday, July 9, 2018

Solstice Drivetrain: 1976 Cosworth Vega

In 1970 GM's General Manager John Z. DeLorean directed his engineering staff the develop a high performance 4-cylinder engine for the compact Vega chassis.  Within a few years a combination of GM's alloy block and a Cosworth Engineering designed head was mounted into a Chevy Vega that cost nearly as much as new Corvette.  The Cosworth Vega was hand built on a special assembly line in a limited run of 4000 machines (the original plan was 4000, but , but today's example is missing the one piece that made the car special...does it still make the cut? Find this 1976 Cosworth Vega offered for $11,000 in Graham, NC via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


From the seller:

1976 Chevrolet Vega 
cylinders: 4 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 8500 
paint color: black 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 



1976 Cosworth Vega. This is the rarest of the Vegas with less than 3500 built. This is Cosworth #3231. This is a rust free car with 8500 miles on the rebuild. Very nice all around car and very reliable. Drive train from a 2006 Pontiac Solstice (190 Horsepower), 5-speed manual transmission. 3.42:1 rear axle ratio. Front brakes from an Extreme S10. 5 lug wheels all around. Complete exhaust system Jet-Hot coated. New upholstery. Fun to drive. Reliable. All new...almost everything. Easily drives at 80 MPH on the interstate. Jump in and drive this anywhere.


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6 comments:

  1. Cool swap. Might as well throw a turbo on it as well.

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  2. Truly a compelling build. There's the tiniest Venn diagram overlap of Cosworth Vega fans looking for an Ecotec swap - and I'm almost one of them. No air conditioning however was the lack of overlap that prevents me from investigating further.

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  3. I'd be partial to this same swap in an early Vega, when it looked like a scaled-down 2nd gen Camaro. Ecotec 2.2s are super cheap, and they respond very well to turbocharging up to ~350hp. That would be a lightweight fun little thing.

    [image src="http://m-stil.covermagazin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/1971-Chevrolet-Vega.jpg"/]

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  4. Having built V-6 and V-8 Vegas this is a nice modern day swap.

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  5. Seems about $3K too much. Very nice build.

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  6. Agree on the nice build but... the Cosworth just does it for me. Even if only in name, it’s a grand name to associate with.

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