6 Vauxhalls only British petrolheads will appreciate

51w ago


I'm going to stick my neck out and say that a high percentage of British drivers, who grew up in the '80s, '90s and '00s has had an experience in a Vauxhall at some point in their young lives. They made the most accessible cars that were cheap and fun to drive for the masses. Pretty easy to fix and maintain, they were the perfect car for the budding British petrolhead.

Vauxhall as a brand are in various guises across the world. From Opel, in the rest of Europe, to Holden in Australia, and the variety in models is pretty vast. Holden had their muscle powerhouse in the Monaro and Opel had their coupe in the Manta, but the British Vauxhalls have their own identity that resonates with a nation of petrolheads.

So, I've picked my favourite Vauxhalls that will be plucking at the nostalgia strings and evoking memories for, dare I say it, every young British driver.

Here are my top 6 Vauxhalls only British petrolheads will appreciate:

6) Vauxhall Cavalier SRi

Full of '80s retro, the Cavalier SRi is becoming a very sought after classic performance car. Has there been anything more '80s than those rims?!

5) Astra GTE

A bit of a hooligan car in the '80s, the Astra GTE captured the hearts of the youth. With low down, deep bucket seats that hold you position as you enter a roundabout slightly faster than you'd anticipated, you couldn't help but feel like an absolute don.

The later Astra rallying exploits and famous livery only adds to the GTE's reputation.

4) Vauxhall VX220

If there was an underrated sports car in the early '00s, it was the Vauxhall VX220. Across the rest of Europe, it was sold as the Opel Speedster, but the UK had the evocatively named VX220. It came about as a deal was struck between GM and Lotus, so the this is basically an Elise.

3) Vauxhall Nova GSi

Here it is, the golden boy of early '90s, the Nova saw many a car park race and many a Max Power magazine front cover. Those that owned them, loved them. If it isn't considered a classic yet, it has future classic plastered all over it.

2) Lotus Carlton

This is no ordinary saloon. This cult hero can hit 177mph and in dramatic fashion. With a 3.6-litre engine along with a load of other upgrades on the standard Carlton, this was the 2nd fastest four-dour saloon car in the world for a number of years.

1) Vauxhall Chevette HSR

As the name suggests, the Chevette was intended to be a baby Chevrolet. The Chevette HS was sent into rally to boost Vauxhall's profile in the motorsport world. To keep it competitive, the Chevette HSR was produced later on with reinforced fibreglass wings, spoiler, bonnet and basically everything which lead to the name 'Plastic Fantastic.' A true working class hero.


Did you own any of these Vauxhalls? Do you regret selling them? Let me know in the comments.

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