From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: May 1985
Price then: $4,600 ($10,200 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2015 Harley-Davidson Sportster today)
Price now: $4,900 - $13,700
Approximate dollar difference: $3,500 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Annual rate of return: 0.9%
Cosworth Vega: 1975 twin cam, stored 7 years, all orig. including tires, no rust, cloth int., stereo, defogger, pop-out windows, CB, much more, spare parts include wheels, tires, stripe kit, dash, GM spoiler, instruments and many new parts. $4,600
Today, the Vega is commonly known as a cheap commuter car from the 70s, but a few may still remember the Cosworth Vega. This sporty version was treated to a twin-cam four from Cosworth. Yes, that Cosworth. The short lived model was the American alternative to small, sporty BMW and Alfa Romeo two-doors of the time. Today, Cosworth Vegas still remain a cheap alternative to the small European sports cars of the era and they’re a relatively good deal today as prices have only kept up with inflation over the past 30 years.