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Vauxhall has been building cars for more than a century, with the first (5hp) example built in 1903 and named after the Vauxhall Iron Works in south London. The engineering business had originally been started by Scottish engineer Alexander Wilson in 1857. The firm moved to Luton in 1905, and the ‘trademark’ fluted radiator/bonnet sides (used until the 1960s) first appeared in the same year.…

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Vauxhall Viva/Magnum

Vauxhall Viva/Magnum

RATING:

6 / 10
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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1967-1979
  • Engine:
    1159/1256cc S4 OHV 57bhp @5600; rpm/1599/1759cc S4 OHC 72/78bhp @5200; rpm/2279cc OHC 122bhp @5500 rpm
  • 0-60 mph:
    11 secs
  • Top Speed:
    2300 – 103 mph
  • MPG:
    2300 – 25 mpg

Compared with the Mk.1 Escort any Viva is now a rare sight but the estates are undeniably sleek and attractive workhorses. Introduced in 1967 as the HB, it was as roomy as the old original Victor. All are peppy but the 2.3-litre SL is a virtual poor man’s BMW Touring. In 1972, to bridge the large gap between recently introduced Viva HC and the new FE Victor, the HC became available with the bigger car’s 1.8 and 2.3-litre engines (the 1600 was a nasty, thirsty engine). A year later Vauxhall decided to only use the Viva name on cars fitted with the 1256 engine and so all models with the 1.8 and 2.3 engines were uprated and re-badged under the posher Magnum label, complete with quad headlamps, revised facia and matt black grilles.. All survivors are rare these days but a good rot free Viva/Magnum HC 2300 Estate is well worth seeking out as a good GT workhorse.

Vauxhall ‘Droop Snoot’ HP Frenza

Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1973-5
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door coupé
  • Engine:
    Four-cylinder, overhead camshaft. 2279cc, 131bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    8.5 sec
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph
  • MPG:
    18-30 mpg

With just 204 produced, this motorsport Dealer Team Vauxhallderived two-door coupe was excl u s i v e from the outset, and a true cl a s s i c . Distinctive styling came as standard, with a Firenza-type body shell incorporating a glass reinforced plastic nosecone and twin Cibié halogen headlamps.Providing exhilarating performance was a modified, overhead camshaft 2.3 litre engine, driving the rear wheels though a five-speed ZF gearbox. Helping to release additional pow e r, compared with the standard motor, were tweaked Stromberg carburettors, a hand-finished tuned cylinder head and a special tubular steel exhaust manifold. In 1973 a nought to 60 mph acceleration time of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph was unheard of for a Va u x h a l l , and even today the figures are impressive.The late great Gerry Marshall had considerable success in motor sport with the HP Firenza; Dealer Team Va u x h a l l eventually turned from this model to the HS/HSR Chevette for rallying. Sadlt this great car never had a chance as its launch coincided with the 1973 fuel crisis and the car was killed off soon after. A true classic all the same.

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