Classic Cars

Cosworth Vega was the favorite of many Indy race officials

Cosworth Vega was the favorite of many Indy race officials

If there was an unofficial car of motor racing championship teams, the CART contingent that ran Indycar races in the last decades of the 20th century was the Chevrolet Cosworth Vega.

The Cosworth-upgraded economy sedans were not used on oval tracks and road courses—at least not in official competition—but they were the choice of personal transport for many CART race-day officials.

While there was nothing really special about the mid-’70s Chevy Vega, for the 1975 and 1976 model years Chevrolet fitted just over 3,500 Vegas with alloy 4-cylinder engines. 2.0-litre aluminum cylinder topped with a double overhead camshaft. heads designed by Cosworth Engineering, the British company famous for its work on racing engines.