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Mon Aug 15 2022 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Unrestored, only updates are the battery and tires
Odometer reads 3,100 miles
1 of 3,508 built during the 18 month Vega production run
1 of 1,447 built for 1976
Finished in factory Firethorn Metallic with Firethorn vinyl interior
Aluminum 122 CI inline 4-cylinder engine, hand built at GM Tonawanda plant

Going up for Auction at Mecum Auction Dallas, TX. Sept. 2022

Mon Aug 15 2022



Wed Dec 03 2014 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

I don't know about you, but what would be cooler than going to a weekend long car cruise up a five to 
ten mile stretch, and seeing car #0001, just sitting on the side of the road in a parking spot, next to a 
tricked out Monte Carlo, and a 67' Camaro Indy Pace Car?  Sounds cool to me, and hey, I saw it today.  
What a thrill.  GM brought out an estimated 142 cars to park in various displays along the Route.  P.S., 
here's a trick question, what color is #0001’s hood?  John J. Cowall 
It probably has been answered, but 0001’s hood is clear, transparent, see through, no color.  Actually it 
is Plexiglas.  Art 

I'll guess they took the clear hood off to keep it protected.  So I would expect a stock black hood for 
Woodward.  Steve 

Steve, you are correct.  GM bought a regular Vega hood, painted it, and had a stripe put on it.  The hood 
stripe is good, but not great.  This was all done in two days.  They bought the hood Wednesday, prepped 
and painted and striped it on Thursday, and had it in the hauler for Woodward at about 7 a.m. Friday.  
Once again thanks goes to GM for their work in getting the car ready for show, and to Paul Wicker for 
acquiring a hood for GM.  Thanks also goes to John F. Cowall, for being close in proximity to GM to 
realistically provide a hood on such short notice.  John J. Cowall 

There was some concern at the Green Bay Roundup about the possibility of exhaust header temps 
distorting the display Plexiglas hood.  This may be the reason for the purchase of the steel hood for the 
Dream Cruise.  bob chin 

The VIN is 1V77E5U161331. 
EFI # 0051, added from Region 8 Registry info 12/03/2014 

Wed Dec 03 2014



Sat Aug 18 2018 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

8/18/18 I am currently working on PRESERVING this car. It has such a good history that I do not intend on doing a full restoration. I want to preserve this car as it was built. Obviously some things will need to be replaced or updated, but I want to show this car as it WAS!!

Sat Aug 18 2018



Sat Jul 21 2018 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Sold to Jay Hovick at 2018 Roundup. Was picked up a week later. Currently undergoing restoration. - JDSmith

Sat Jul 21 2018



Thu Aug 15 1985 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Bob Maloy recreated it, and the recreation was offered for sale in September of 1985, according to a Maurice Schecter 
newsletter:  “1975 CV #0002 recreation – formerly Bob Maloy’s as in October 86 CV Magazine.  $12,000 firm.  
Can Deliver.”  Offered by Tony Hansen who then lived in San Clemente, CA. - JDS

Thu Aug 15 1985



Mon Sep 15 1975 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This car was scrapped by Chevrolet. 

Mon Sep 15 1975



Thu Dec 01 2016 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

According to reliable information, this was a test vehicle that was crushed. 

Thu Dec 01 2016



Thu Dec 01 2016 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

According to reliable information, a test vehicle that was crushed. 

Thu Dec 01 2016



Wed Dec 29 1999 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Anyone interested in a ground up restoration project?  I have located CV#0005 and it is for sale.  The car 
will need a donor car for parts since the body of CV#0005 is completely gutted and there is not much 
left, other than the shell, front suspension, and motor.  Also, the engine VIN numbers are matching to 
the body VIN numbers.  For more information, e‐mail me.  CV #0005 is in very rough shape.  For starters, 
the car has been stripped inside for all most everything but the wiring.  The fuel injection unit is off but 
through research I have located the correct computer and injection parts.  When the car was put in the 
junkyard (yes, it is in a junk yard) it did run but it has been sitting there for at least the past six years.  
There is no rear end or transmission.  You would need a flatbed to carry this thing out.  There are no side 
windows and the windshield is cracked.  The hatch is in good shape but there is a lot of surface rust.  The 
body itself has dents but nothing too serious; however, the rust is getting bad.  It is only surface rust and 
has not rotted out any major points on the car.  The unibody would have to be professionally prepped 
and acid dipped to prevent rust outbreaks again.  The junkyard is asking $400 for the whole car.  Also, 
the block numbers and body numbers are matching.  The owner says the car was not supposed to be 
released to the public, but due to shipping problems and knowing the right people, he was able to 
obtain this car.  I would send pictures, but I do not have a scanner.  The car will obviously need a donor 
for most of the parts.  It is definitely a major project.  John J. Cowall 

More on this car from a Cowall newsletter:  Dick Baumhauer alerted JJC of a Cosworth in a junk yard.  It 
was inspected and Paul Wicker confirmed that it was #0005 (the car was completely gutted and badly 
dented).  John Cowall, the father, contacted John Pohl, whose brother had owned the car.  He said that 
he put the car in the yard 10 years earlier!  Later John J. wrote:  “This car was owned by Mark David 
Pohl.  He had ordered a Cosworth Vega in 1974 when they were supposed to be released from Roger 
Penske Chevrolet in Southfield, MI.  Well, of course, he waited for over a year and when the car came in 
at Penske, it was #0999.  Mark informed the salesman that he should have a much earlier car number, 
since he was one of the first people to put a deposit on the Cosworth.  He also advised his father of the 
situation, who worked for GM at the time.  After some “digging”, Mark was delivered #0005!  All good 
stories do not have a happy ending.  The car became “used” and was sold to his brother Jon, who 
delivered most of it to a junkyard in Livonia about ten years ago.”  In late 99 it was available for $500, or 
just the engine for the same price!  Jon said it ran before he took off the fuel‐injection and had it towed 
away.  There is no glass or bodywork worth saving, other than the rear hatch ($200).  Jon is keeping the 
old dashboard and bezel as a memento. 

VIN – 1V77E5U184539  Black/ Black vinyl 

Wed Dec 29 1999



Thu Feb 12 2004 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This car was offered for sale by Bill Duncan, a former CVOA member, in February of 2004.  He said about 
this car: 

Thu Feb 12 2004



Thu Sep 12 1985 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

According to a September 1985 Maurice Schechter newsletter, Bill Duncan offered this car for sale long 
ago:  “1975 Cosworth Vega #0006 – All rebuilt motor, Weber carbs, this was the first Cosworth sold to 
the public and therefore makes this car one of the most valuable Cosworths in private hands – for 
additional info. Call Bill Duncan (201) 432‐1836 or 770‐3938.” 

Thu Sep 12 1985



Tue Jul 01 1980 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

This car was once owned by Bill Howell of Chevrolet Product Promotion Engineering (aka Chevrolet 
Racing).  According to Chris, the car was sold to somebody from Pennsylvania and he has lost track of it.  
The VIN is 1V77E5U185172, and the car had Webers and power brakes. 
According to an ad in Clark Kirby’s October of 1980 Regional Newsletter, this car was offered for sale by 
an owner in Hudson, NH. 

Tue Jul 01 1980



Fri Apr 14 2023 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Vega Review #106
Car and Driver December 1976 on the CD Rally Cosworth—Professional Puddle-Jumping takes a racer that's anvil tough and razor sharp—"Picking the single best machine from Detroit for this chore wasn't so tough. We wanted the lightest possible ride through the woods. "Really, there's but one car ideal for rallying: Chevrolet's Cosworth Twin-Cam Vega. When we key the double-overhead-cam, four-valve engine to life, you can hear the eager beat of 216 horsepower under the hood. But the car is also muffled, smooth-riding and fully street-legal. By definition, rally cars have to be the most versatile racers going." "This one's light on its feet and eager to spray gravel. We not only doubled the horsepower but also left 650 pounds of sound-deadening, door beams, and energy-absorbing bumpers back at the shop. This is the chance to deliver on its performance promise that the Cosworth Vega never got in production trim." "It has very polite manners, sealing up quickly with its iron rings sliding against the Reynolds 390 silicon/aluminum bore surface and never blowing out or leaking a drop of oil. Our little screamer loved to pump out horsepower while twisting his tachometer well off the big-motor scale." "The valve train is worth 10,000 rpm, the moving parts are all as bullet-proof as we know how to make them and the output should make the driver feel more powerful than Dr. No. There is enough torque in the little sucker to rotate the earth." "Borg-Warner's relatively new T-50 five-speed is totally unproven in racing's lighter by 30 pounds, all the shift linkage is internal and the overdrive top gear is great for relaxing the engine and for saving fuel on transit stages." "Bilstein's competition experience is invaluable..they had the right shock for the job...we added nearly an inch of travel in front and almost two inches in back." "The Cosworth Vega engine at last has its well-deserved day in the sun, and 216 horsepower with a flat torque curve through mufflers is no mean accomplishment for two liters and 286 pounds of alloy."

Fri Apr 14 2023



Sat Jun 11 2011 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The car was on display at the 2011 Roundup in Carlisle, PA and Tom Delashamutt, the current owner,
was there to talk about his journey on the London to Sydney Singapore Airlines Rallye with CV #0008."

Sat Jun 11 2011



Fri Jul 31 2009 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

According to Dan McNally in late July of 2009: This [the londontosydney car #21] is the Car and Driver
car. When Peterson publications took over C & D the new management came in and said "We are in the
business of selling magazines. Not racing cars." They ordered that all the cars be sold off. Formula
supper V Champion Dick Scott bought it. They made many modifications for the rally such as changing to
stock bumpers and front clip and adding a roo bar (kangaroo). He and his co driver drove it to the port.
Ran the entire rally. Had it shipped to California then drove it back to Summit Point WV where it was put
in a shed at the track for many years. Dick has never sat in the car since he parked it in 1977. Too many
bad memories. Staff at the track tells me it is now in New Jersey. They had many problems such as
stones getting between the Aluminum skid plate and the oil pan. They would ware through the pan
creating a leak. A front spring broke in the outback. Springs were acquired from an abandoned truck and
installed in the C.V. using basic hand tools. These springs are still in place. I am friends with Corky
Dubious who was the co driver for team tits with her sister. When their 3 cylinder Saab blew the engine
she became the chief head light washer for the C & D team. She tells me they had no idea what they
were doing. Contrary to what the magazine said C & D was the team which got stuck in the mud and
caused the time disqualifications. The Corvette was briefly stuck but managed to continue. My friends
Dave Thompson who was the director of pro rally and Cal Landau who was a driver confirm this. Rumor
has been going around the last week that Summit Point is being sold to a developer. Someone should try
to get in touch with Dick Scott while he still owns the track. He was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
about seven years ago but made it through.

Fri Jul 31 2009



Tue Aug 01 2000 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The famous Car and Driver Rally Cosworth was #0008.  The VIN is 1V77E5U187104. 
It had been returned from Australia where it last rallied and still had the 'Roo bar across the front of it, 
circa early '90's.  I have a customer who knows the driver of the Car and Driver rally car.  His name is Don 
Sherman for those of you who didn't know.  Jake.   

Car and Driver sold it to a well‐to‐do enthusiast who rallied it in the London (England) to Sidney 
(Australia) Rallye many years ago.  It was then rallied in China, Singapore, and Malaysia.  Upon being 
shipped across the Pacific, it was sent (driven?) back to a shop in New Jersey owned by the co‐driver 
where it remains today.   

I have located and am negotiating the purchase of CV #0008.  The car is in "as raced" form, and still runs 
as it sits.  It is still covered with the red dust of the Australian desert where it was last raced.  Britt 
The Car and Driver rally car engine power curve was published by the magazine.  It had short track cams, 
10.5 CR , 45mm Webers, and a massaged head.  As you can see, it has no torque at low revs; then it 
comes on like a turbocharged engine.  A non‐linear power curve like that can be tough for the driver to 
manage‐‐especially on dirt roads and snow!!!  They griped about the lousy torque bandwidth and did a 
lot of work trying to improve it, but never made much progress before they wrecked the car.  It turns 
out they should have used the production cams, maybe re‐indexed, and the EFI.  They would have made 
nearly the same peak power, but had some useable and manageable torque bandwidth.  Unfortunately, 
they didn't have a "desk top dyno" type program to help them out back then.  There are some 
comments/analysis about this in my "DeskTop Dynoing" article in the CV Mag, and maybe some more in 
the TCT portfolio.  Duke 

John J. Cowall says that this car is still around but the owner is not friendly and does not want to be 
bothered with inquiries about the car. 

Tue Aug 01 2000



Thu Feb 12 2004 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Owned by Donald L. Hawbaker of  He lives in central Iowa.  In February of 
2004 Don posted this history of his car: 

Britt, in regard to your question about whether #0009 was ever owned by Lloyd Reuss (chief engineer of 
the XP‐887, which became the Vega), I have had several interesting questions asked about previous 
owners of the #0009 car, yours included. Have heard that it was a re‐number and all sorts of other crazy 
things, but Paul Wicker did verify it to be the true #0009 car when I bought it. I do have a copy of all the 
titles that this car has ever had in Iowa.  A well spent $3.00 total for the photocopies of the titles from 
the state DOT.  From what I know from these titles, here are the past owners.  

Thu Feb 12 2004



Thu Feb 12 2004 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Yahoo 2/2004 post:  Just waiting for the body shop to say bring her over and #0009 will get a new coat 
of paint. Been picking up parts all winter and should be able to make her look fair to middling by the 
time summer gets here. As of now, have the wheels done (Wheel Medic), the exhaust replaced (2 1/4" 
custom bent pipe from the converter back to a Flowmaster stainless dual outlet muffler with two 2" 
polished stainless outlet pipes) and new tires ( Dunlop raised white letter )on it and a new stripe kit 
(Chris W. had made for me with the black background behind the letters). Will be MOSTLY stock, or 
about as stock as I can get it without buying NEW old stock parts.  Don 

VIN – 187758  Black/ Black vinyl 

Thu Feb 12 2004



Mon Nov 25 1985 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

On 11‐25‐85 it was sold to the guy I bought it from.  At 
that time he lived in Perry, IA, but had moved to Des Moines by the time he sold it to me.  The title 
doesn't say how many miles it had when he bought it, but had 44,000 and change when I bought it from 
him.  I have owned the car for over 10 years and it hasn't moved from my yard till 2001 when I got re‐
interested in getting it running.  Now has right at 48,000 miles on it.  I have no idea if there was an 
owner of the car before Huber Chevy sold it back in 77, and seems that that company has closed as well.  
Just haven't taken the time to research it more than what I have.  I just assumed that the Omaha Chevy 
dealer had used it as a demonstrator and that's where it got the 8189 miles on it. Don 

Mon Nov 25 1985



Fri Oct 14 1983 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

On 10‐14‐83 it was sold to a Chevy dealership (now out of business) in Winterset, IA with 11456 miles on it.  

Fri Oct 14 1983



Tue Mar 27 1979 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

On 3‐27‐79 the car was sold to an Auto reconditioning service & sales company 
in Jefferson, IA with 11442 miles on it

Tue Mar 27 1979



Mon Apr 11 1977 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

The car was purchased from Huber Chevy Co., 111 Dodge Rd., Omaha, Neb. on 4‐11‐77. GMAC financed the $4328.64 purchase price, and the car had 8189 miles on it at that time.  The owner lived in Denison Iowa, so that's how it came to Iowa and had an Iowa title.  On 10‐11‐78 the car was sold to an auto trim shop in Carroll, IA 
with 11,228 miles on it.  

Mon Apr 11 1977



Thu Jun 10 2021 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Listed for Sale on Bring a Trailer 6-9-2021

This 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega is #12 of approximately 2,600 examples built for the model year and was acquired by the seller in 2000. A subsequent refurbishment included installing a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 and four-speed manual transmission, repainting the body in black, overhauling the brakes and suspension, and more as detailed below. Features include gold pinstriping, Hurst badging, 15″ alloy wheels, and a Hurst shifter. This Cosworth Vega is now offered with a clean Colorado title in the seller’s name.

The car is said to have been refinished in black circa 2005. Rust repair reportedly included replacing the battery box and spare tire well. Features include gold pinstriping, Hurst badging, and bright trim and bumpers. A later-model hood has been installed and the seller states that the windshield and weatherstripping have been replaced. Noted flaws include scuffs on the door and hatch moldings and scratches in the door glass.

Five-spoke 15″ wheels feature Hurst center caps and are wrapped in 205/55 Cooper Zeon 2XS tires. Four-wheel disc brakes were reportedly sourced from an S-10 pickup, and the seller states that the shocks were recently replaced and that the front end was recently overhauled.

The cabin is upholstered in black and features cloth seating surfaces and an engine-turned instrument bezel. Equipment includes a Hurst shifter, a heater, and an AM/FM radio. The transmission tunnel was cut to accommodate the shifter, and the seller notes that the replacement carpets are not installed properly and that the reverse lock-out on the shifter needs adjustment. A plaque affixed to the dashboard identifies the car as Cosworth Vega #12.

The four-spoke steering wheel features a Hurst horn button and frames a 120-mph speedometer, an 8k-rpm tachometer, and auxiliary gauges. The five-digit odometer shows 45k miles, approximately 30 of which have been added during current ownership. Total mileage is unknown.

The factory twin-cam inline-four was reportedly damaged during a theft in the 1980s. The currently installed 5.7-liter LS1 V8 is said to have been sourced from a 2000 Camaro and equipped with a Comp Cams camshaft. Custom valve covers have been fitted, and the transmission mounts were relocated to accommodate the larger engine. Additional service performed during the swap reportedly included seam welding the engine bay, installing an aftermarket exhaust system, and replacing the timing chain and oil pump. Dyno test results can be viewed in the gallery and show a maximum output of 324 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission, and the seller states that a 3.73:1 Positraction rear end has been installed.
Seller is Lee Needham from Colorado

Thu Jun 10 2021



Mon Dec 01 1980 05:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Part of Chris Wheaton’s Registry 

VIN – 189793 Black/ Black vinyl 

Listed for sale in Q4 1980 CVOA MAgazine. Mike Dabney, Lakewood, CO. 33,000 miles listed

Mon Dec 01 1980



Tue Jul 15 1986 04:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

According to a note this editor discovered among a pile of papers, this car was scrapped by Dave 
Varencamp in approximately 1986.  No further details on the note. 

Tue Jul 15 1986


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