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A Grand Monday: Vauxhall Astra Mk 2

Published 29 April 2019

The Vauxhall Astra Mk2 has a dubious honour - for many years, it was Britain’s most stolen car - its rudimentary security and surprisingly good performance and handling being a joyrider’s dream.

Couple that to a tendency to rot in the way that only a 1980s Vauxhall can, and it’s hardly surprising that the Mk2 is an extremely rare car today.


Finding an original, unmolested one is quite difficult these days, which makes this 26,000-mile example worthy of further investigation.

It’s not perfect - the vendor freely admits that the sills have previously been welded and there are signs of corrosion around the back arches. But the car appears to be in great shape otherwise, with an immaculate interior that matches the blue paintwork. 

It’s a base model, which means it gets a four-speed gearbox, a dashboard with absolutely minimal information and Vauxhall’s ‘Pie Dish’ hubcaps.


With a few bits of cosmetic attention, this has the potential to be transformed into an ultra-rare and original show car - at £900, we reckon it’s a bit of a steal.


aufdermaur    on 4 May 2019

When my parents divorced we were without a car at my mum's for a while. The first car she bought was an E-plate Astra Merit in the same blue as this, the only difference was a stripe along the side of hers.

I would LOVE this Astra for the pure nostalgia it engenders, we had several family holidays in our Astra to North Yorkshire and to Skegness and Gt Yarmouth. Don't think the missus would thank me for buying this though.

KatieR012    on 19 September 2023


Edited by KatieR012 on 19/09/2023 at 19:53

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