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Vauxhall Cavalier SRi and 130 (1981 - 1988)

Last updated 19 April 2013

Fast, sharp dynamics, eager engines
Creaky interior, a bit cramped, low driving position and heavy steering don't suit all.


The Cavalier was the UK's favourite repmobile of the 1980s. And for very good reason - it was good to drive, had great handling, and ate-up motorways with ease. Vauxhall soon ensured that the car's appeal was made even greater by dropping in more powerful engines, and giving it more sporting interiors and paint colours.

When the 115bhp 1.8-litre engine was installed, the Cavalier ended up being the darling of the sales rep, as well as the ultimate overtaking lane tool. In 1987, that was upgunned to 2.0-litres to create the Cavalier SRi 130. Needless to say, it was even quicker, and more desirable - and the reps loved it even more. Run-out Calibre special edition was popular when new - almost extinct now.

Rare now, in demand, and excellent value for money.

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