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
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!!
Sold to Jay Hovick at 2018 Roundup. Was picked up a week later. Currently undergoing restoration. - JDSmith
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
This car was scrapped by Chevrolet.
According to reliable information, this was a test vehicle that was crushed.
According to reliable information, a test vehicle that was crushed.
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
This car was offered for sale by Bill Duncan, a former CVOA member, in February of 2004. He said about this car:
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.”
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.
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."
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.
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.
Owned by Donald L. Hawbaker of FandEReparerIa@aol.com. 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.
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
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
. On 10‐14‐83 it was sold to a Chevy dealership (now out of business) in Winterset, IA with 11456 miles on it.
On 3‐27‐79 the car was sold to an Auto reconditioning service & sales company in Jefferson, IA with 11442 miles on it
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.
Part of Chris Wheaton’s Registry
VIN – 189793 Black/ Black vinyl
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.
According to a January 6, 2013 email, D. Button wrote: Back in the day I worked at a Chevy dealer and was the main technician for Vegas, rebuilt a ton of engines! and was sent to Cosworth training so I have the training books and special tools that were sent to the dealer. I would like to sell them to someone who can use them. Is there a way for me to list the items for sale without joining? By the way at the training we worked on car #14 and my dealer sold car #234, this one sat in the showroom for over 2 years, I always wondered if they are still out there?
On Chris Wheaton’s Registry. VIN ‐190014
Has #46 EFI sticker on it. Black, naturally, located in NJ. Vinyl, swingouts, posi. The whole car is there. The body is solid, the interior is still good, but the outside is rough.
Made it to eBay in February of 2002 from Egg Harbor Twp. near Philadelphia. You are bidding on a 1975 Vega Cosworth # 0022 very rare the lowest # I’ve seen. This call came from Texas. The body is sound. It has a lot of surface rust. but no holes. The hood got dented up but I have a very good hood for it. I was going to redo it but could not find much info on it. The car ran when I got it but I have not had it running in about 6 months. This car is #22 off the production line for 1975. The interior is new and in good shape, the body has only surface rust as you can see from the pictures. A parts car also will go with the sale that has a lot of good parts. I was told the engine and trans on the parts car are in good shape. The VIN is 1V77E5U190682.