1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega: A Lot More Than A Collectors Car

John Puckett
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Before any of the limited edition Cosworth Vegas were even old enough to collect, automotive journalists were touting the car as one of the most collectible cars ever made. This statement is even more so true today.

Despite the car's instant collectibility brought on by the extremely limited production, the Chevrolet Cosworth Vega was so much more than just a collectors item. With a light and fierce twin-cam powerhouse under the hood, the car proved that a 1970s American car could be just as nimble as a higher-end import. In fact, in a test between some of Europe’s and Asia’s most celebrated models, the Cosworth Vega accelerated faster, ran through the quarter mile quicker, and tied for the top braking distance.

Chevy truly put all it had into these exciting cars, and as such the Cosworth Vega in a way led the way for the brand development wise. Becoming Chevy’s first passenger car to feature an electronic fuel-injection, the limited edition Vega’s engine was all you could want from an engine in a time when so much was controlled by emissions standards. It was powerful for a 4-cylinder, more than twice as durable as the GM standard, and was so efficient it became GM’s first model to be certified in all 50-states.

Unfortunately, the car’s capabilities and collectibility were contradictory to each other and not many of the cars have survived. Raleigh Classic Car Auctions is offering enthusiasts the opportunity to add this incredibly low mileage and well preserved example to their collection. Despite being 45 years old this car might as well be new, with only 1,849-miles on the clock and with a total production of just 1,447 1976 models built this might be a once in a lifetime chance to add one of these to your collection. Especially when you take into consideration the one year only Firethorn Metallic finish over a Firethorn interior. For more information on this car and other offerings from Raleigh Classic Car Auctions click here.

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