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

A-look-back-at-the-Vauxhall-CarltonToday’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 of Kylie and Jason for a look back at the…

Vauxhall Carlton – 2nd generation

The 2nd generation Carlton continued Vauxhall/Opel’s new aerodynamic ideas, which first began with their development of the 1984 Vauxhall Astra. Beneath the super-smooth bodywork – complete with its Audi-beating Cd by 0.28 seconds – the basic engineering concept was similar in many ways to the outgoing Carlton. The range of different engines available was more diverse than before – spanning 1.8 – 3.0-litre range of petrols, plus a fairly uninspiring 2.3-litre diesel, which was pretty terrible. Even taking into account the strange hoarding habits of devout enthusiasts, it’s doubtful any would have survived to the present day.

The first generation Carlton proved a surprise hit in the early part of the 1980s; the new edition started strongly too, but sales tailed off when competition from the more glamorous Rover 800 became fierce. Both BMW and Mercedes, with their 5-Series and W124 respectively also offered good value alternatives.

The newer Carlton offered first class road manners, and a good choice of available options. Of all the different editions, the estate versions probably made the most sense – combining size and style with aplomb.


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