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 water. By the close of the decade, the two would be closely interlocked, their future courses mapped out together. The Viva HC would be one of the first victims of the more Euro friendly approach, but back in 1970 – all that was yet to come.
Making its perky arrival onto the roads at the start of the decade, the Viva HC turned plenty of heads with its tidy new styling. Underneath the bodywork however, there wasn’t too much difference – the engines and platform were effectively carried over from the HB. The range would see a significant growth however; the Viva HC would be available as an estate, a saloon, and as a coupe.
The first facelift occurred in 1973, and saw with it a new range of engines adopted. The old entry level unit was boosted up to a 1256cc. In addition, the 1.6- and 2.0-litre vehicles were expanded to 1759cc and 2279cc. To ensure the higher-powered cars stand out, they were issued with a new badge and called Magnums, the coupes were re-titled Firenzas.
The Viva soldiered on in an entry-level format until 1979; it was then retired to make way for the Astra.