Vauxhall History

A look back at the Vauxhall Belmont (1986 – 1991) 0

This retrospective look back at a stalwart of yesteryear, could quite easily fall under the heading of ‘Forgotten cars’ or ‘Whatever happened to…’ such is its legacy in the collective public memory. Additionally, the car’s legacy is further undermined by Vauxhall’s propensity to recycle model names – think Astra and Corsa – and yet the(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Carlton and Viceroy (1978 – 1982) 0

By the late 1970s, Vauxhall was firmly in Opel’s grip. The launch of the Carlton in 1978 marked the end of the Transcontinental FE/VX range. By this point, each of Vauxhall’s mid-range models was to all intents and purposes a slightly reworked Opel. The Carlton – as it was known on these shores – was(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Senator (1987 – 1994) 0

The Vauxhall Senator: the ultimate car for the businessman in a hurry. If truth be told, the Senator was really just a reworked Carlton decked out with a swish new body. The iconic front grille was certainly unique and gave the Senator a proper identity of its own. Embraced by the UK police force, the(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Chevette 2300HS (1978 – 1980) 0

The standard Vauxhall Chevette was the perfect car for motoring round town and was rightfully embraced by the British public who bought them in huge numbers. As good as it was in its natural habitat, it certainly wasn’t quick. Then there was the HS… Originally built for Group 4 rally homologation purposes as a potential(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Viva HA (1963 – 1966) 0

You’d be forgiven for calling Vauxhall’s first post-war small car a bit ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’. By the time it made its debut in 1963, its main rivals such as the Triumph Herald, Morris Minor, Austin A40 and Ford Anglia 105E had been around for a while, were well established and selling in huge(…)

A look back at the Vauxhall Calibra Turbo 4×4 0

The Calibra Turbo looked incredible and was ludicrously fast. Considering the fact it was spawned by a company that at the time specialised in churning our slightly bland fleet cars for salesmen, this certainly put a cat amongst the pigeons when it was first released in 1992. Able to pelt along at 150mph, the Calibra(…)

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(…)