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Vauxhall Cavalier SRi and 130 (1981 - 1988)

Last updated 19 April 2013


Buying Guide


  • First front-wheel drive Cavaliers. Saloon, hatchback or estate built with Australian Holden body panels.
  • 14' 4" long, 5' 6" wide, 920kg to 1,091kg.
  • 75bhp 1,297cc, 90bhp 1,598cc, 115bhp 1,796cc and 130bhp 1,796cc SRi 130.
  • Four or five speed manuals or three speed autobox.
  • Can last well.
  • Can be kept going long after the end of its design life.
  • Lived on as the Daewoo Espero.


  • No PAS.
  • Getting very old now.
  • Not many left.


  • Selling for next to nothing on the strength of how much ticket and rent left.
  • Make the usual old car checks.
  • Cracking of driver's side steering rack mounting means an instant MOT failure effectively rendering the car scrap. So check for any movement in this area before buying.
  • Very few left.
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