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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