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Top 10: Classic Vauxhalls

Vauxhall has been going through some turbulent times, with a change of ownership (from America’s GM to France’s PSA), falling sales and the likely closure of over 100 dealerships. So to cheer up all the Vauxhall fans out there, we thought we’d take a look at the company’s impressive back catalogue.

From best-selling saloons and hatchbacks through to high-performance bespoke drivers’ cars, Vauxhall has produced models to suit a vast array of different buyers’ needs. But which of the company’s many previous offerings do we reckon are the most memorable? Read on to find out...

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Lotus Carlton

Lotus had a history of creating high-performance saloons thanks to models like the Cortina of the 1960s and Sunbeam of the 1970s. But it was the link-up with Vauxhall and the launch of the Lotus Carlton in 1990 that saw the Norfolk firm perfecting the art thanks to its 3615cc twin-turbo straight-six – producing 377bhp and 419lb.ft. of torque. With a top speed of 177mph and 0-60 in a mere 5.1 seconds, no other four-door saloon of the time could compete. But at £48,000 the Lotus was expensive, and in the end just 950 were built.

Read our Lotus Carlton review here

Comments

expertad    on 30 April 2018

The Chevette,or 'Shove it' as it was known as,was rubbish.As was the viva.Had a mk1 Cavalier 2000 in the eighties which was more like it.Six dial instruments,lovely velour seats,put Vauxhall on the map.Followed by an SRI in 1984,survived 220,000 miles of my driving and I still couldn't kill it.Recaro seats,an oil pressure gauge,never let me down.Got a five series and a company Audi now,still miss my old Cav for some reason,especially the abysmally heavy steering when trying to park.

   on 8 May 2018

No Astra?!?!?!?!?!? I have a 100,000 1.8 Auto Estate that refuses to die, has never broken down, has needed a new battery and I changed the Cam Belt at 70,000 Never broken down, never let us down. Perky and comfortable. Last weekend stuffed to the gills with a house move it cruised from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Northampton-shire with confidence. I have owned 2 other Vauxhalls, Cavaliers, and never had a problem with any of them. Sorry to see the Marque change hands and wish it well for teh future.

Frank Carroll    on 8 May 2018

I bought an Opel Manta from new in 1985. Gotta say it was pretty rubbish, but I loved it.
I bought a Cavalier Mk11 from an auction years later. It had 70k on the clock. Sold it a year later with 84k on the clock, and I made a profit.

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