Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: Cosworth Vega – The Only Winner Of Two GM Deadly Sin Awards

If you want to be guaranteed that your Cohort pictures will end up on the pages of CC, have them be of a Vega. Well, there’s others too, but a Vega, especially a Cosworth Vega, will always do the trick, like this one shot and posted by Nathan Williams.

Yes, I’ve had a “special relationship” with the Vega ever since I drove a friend’s new ’71 with Powerglide. Oh, what a feeling! A very palpable one, actually, thanks to the vibrations.  Enough of that; what we have here is the uber-Vega, a sporty version Chevrolet spent some three years teasing us about it hi-output 16 valve DOHC engine , only to drop a gigantic dud in our laps: 110 hp, modest performance, but at twice the price of a regular Vega. That’s why I gave it the Deadly Sin award (#27).

Such a lot of advance press was involved, including a test or two of a hot prototype. But in the end, it was mostly just a lot of hot air.

Road and Track’s test of a CV was an embarrassment, with a 0-60 time of 12.3 seconds.  They summed it up in saying it was what the regular Vega should have been all a long, but just not at twice the price. The engine ran smoother and quieter, and performance was what it should have been. Oh well…it seemed like a good idea at the time.

This looks like a reasonably well-kept original CV, but far from pristine. It’s probably fair to say that CV’s are likely to outlive regular Vegas due to their collectability.

It still does nothing for me, except to evoke a chuckle or two. But here’s something I hadn’t thought of until now: it’s the only car to receive two GM Deadly Sins. Now that’s quite a feat.


CC Cosworth Vega: GM’s Deadly Sin #27 – Too Little, Too Late, Too Expensive

CC 1971 Vega: GM’s Deadly Sin #2

R&T Review: Cosworth Vega – A Better Vega For twice The price Of A Regular One

CC: Cosworth Vega #2196 (Detailed History of the CV and Personal Ownership Experience)  Ed Stembridge