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 rival to the uber-triumphant RS, a road version was released to an eager public in 1978 fitted with a 2279cc twin-cam engine plus a Getrag five-speed transmission. It boasted 135bhp and had a top speed of 117 mph, putting in the same league as the Ford RS2000 on the market.

It looked good too. Spoilers on the front and rear and wide alloy wheels set it aside from the rest of the Chevette range. 1979 saw Vauxhall release the HSR Evolution which took it to the max with flared wheel arches and a bodykit, not to mention 150bhp.

Nowadays the HS is a scarcely seen beast, extremely rare and highly sought after by collectors.

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