Vauxhall History

A look back at the Vauxhall Carlton (1986 – 1994) 0

Today’s blast from the past takes us back to the mid-1980s to revisit the second generation of an iconic Vauxhall model. Though not quite as popular as the first edition, the later model still shifted a fair few in the early days before interest ultimately waned. Join us, as we travel back to the era(…)

1990s Lotus Carlton – Vauxhall’s most iconic car 0

Sifting back over Vauxhall’s long and illustrious past, there have been many popular models that have won the hearts of fans: the Chevette HS, Astra GTE, the Calibra Turbo to name but a few. Each have their devoties, loyal to the core and passionate about their particular favourite. There is one Vauxhall however, that the(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Type E Wyvern (1951 – 1957) 0

The Vauxhall Type E Wyvern was the first model Vauxhall released post second world war – alongside its sister cars the Velox and Cresta E. The entirety of the design was pretty much brand new, with the exception of the 1442cc incline-four engine. The styling could be described as fairly American in appearance, but this(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Viva HC (1970 – 1979) 0

No-one could have anticipated when the Viva HC made its debut back in 1970, it would also be the last of its line. But the seventies would mark a time when the marque’s parent company General Motors would start to implement serious integration between the Opel side of things and the British cousin across the(…)

A look back at the Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch (1975 – 1981) 0

The Cavalier Coupe and Sportshatch were almost identical to the Opel equivalent – the Manta. That said, the Euro version was designed at Vauxhall’s headquarters in Luton, thereby proving the UK wings competence at designing hatchbacks. The Coupe made its debut together with the saloon in 1975 and was initially offered in both 1.6 and(…)

Top ten Vauxhall facts you probably didn’t know 0

Vauxhall’s most famous engine, the 2-litre 16V 20XE Red Top was produced from 1988 to 1994 and was originally fitted to the Astra, Calibra, and Cavalier. Since then, it has subsequently been fitted to just about every other model. The Nova Sport is one of Vauxhall’s better known special editions, a homologation special for rallying.(…)

Vauxhall celebrates one year anniversary of OnStar 0

A year has passed since the introduction of Vauxhall’s OnStar system to its vehicles in the UK, and much in the same way as it was with cousin Opel, it’s been a major success. The service, which offers on board communication, security, navigation and regular diagnostic checkups, has revolutionised on-board computer intelligence, and set a(…)

Astra/Kadett celebrate 80 years 0

The name may only be 37 years old, but the linage of the ‘Astra’ goes back much further – to 1936 in fact, when it was known as the Opel Kadett. That means the popular hatchback can legitimately celebrate its 80th birthday this year. The Kadett was launched three years before the start of the(…)

Vauxhall Motors: A historic timeline 0

Vauxhall is one of the cornerstones of British motoring with a rich history stretching back over 100 years. In that time, it’s been responsible for some of the UK’s best loved vehicles, the Victor, Cavalier, and Corsa to name but a few. The car maker also produced the Bedford van, one of the most popular(…)