Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk2

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An original Hot Hatch Vauxhall Astra GTE Mk2 8V with full history.

EQUIPMENT
Aerodynamic sill mouldings, body coloured bumpers, NACA bonnet air ducts, body coloured front spoiler and rear aerofoil, body coloured door mirror housing, black finish to B-pillars and rear panel, laminated windscreen, green tinted glass, windscreen shadeband, halogen headlamps, high pressure headlamp washers, integral driving lamps, sunroof, steering column adjust, sports front seats, driver’s seat height adjustment, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD), seven-function check control panel, courtesy lighting and map lamp, load area and underbonnet lamp, tinted rear view mirror, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors. Dealer options; Mud flaps, Vauxhall rubber floor mats.

EXTERIOR
This original Astra GTE is finished in Vauxhall Crimson Red, (Code 76L), and boasts a brilliant bright shine all over with a uniform finish. The vehicle is structurally outstanding and retains all factory fitted panels including original front wings with inner stamps and rear arches fully intact. There are some small frontal stone chips that have been carefully touched in and the black decal to the tailgate has lifted slightly. All factory fit glass is etched with the vehicle registration including the front screen and lights are correct Carello and Hella fitment in superb order. The original GTE decals and badges are fully intact. Virtually impossible to find such a straight, genuine and preserved example.

INTERIOR
The interior of this example is exactly as it left the factory and very well presented. Trimmed in Laser cloth trim with matching door cards, (Code 821), the standard specification for the GTE. The seats are beautifully clean and have retained all shape and integrity and even the large protruding seat bolsters have mostly avoided the common wear seen on many examples. The door cards have some slight shrinkage and the headlining has loosened slightly towards the rear. The dashboard and incorporated switchgear are perfect and fully functional, including the factory fitted Phillips 752 security coded stereo cassette. Further GTE specific equipment extends to the fantastic Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) instrument cluster and additional separate 7-function check control panel, both of which perform exactly as the manufacturer intended with all pixels fully functioning. The colour keyed carpet has been protected by rubber Vauxhall tailored over mats. A wonderfully preserved and period 1980’s Vauxhall interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 1998cc eight valve four cylinder SOHC engine is renowned for its lively nature and robust reliability. Producing 122.3BHP and maximum torque output of 127.6 lb.ft, the 8V was a truly strong contender in the ultra-competitive 1980’s hot hatch era. Fitted with a sympathetic to the original, stainless steel exhaust system, this otherwise factory standard example performs impeccably and produces an exciting rasp from the brilliant free-revving engine. A top speed of 127mph is achieved whilst 0-62 is dealt with in an impressive 8.7 seconds. The engine bay is beautifully presented with factory plates and labels intact. The 5-speed manual gearbox with final drive ratio of 3:55:1 feels positively tight and allows spirited progression up the range.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original alloy road wheels fitted as standard to the GTE are in excellent condition with only the faintest age-related markings. Brand new premium brand Pirelli Cinturato P1 185/65/R14 tyres have been fitted in May 2022 and have covered zero miles. The braking system incorporates 10.1in ventilated front discs and 7.9in rear drums offering ample stopping power under even the most enthusiastic use.

HISTORY FILE
This superb unspoilt example was registered new on 30th October 1987 through the Vauxhall Dealer Sport network. The car has covered a warranted 76,100 miles from new and remains in original unrestored condition, a very rare claim for a Mk2 Astra. The comprehensive history file is neatly filed with services invoices and MOT certificates dating back to the very first in 1990! All original handbooks, radio guides and manufacturer point of sale literature is present in the plastic wallet along with two sets of keys. A service and cambelt change were carried out in May 2022 at 76,100 miles. Completing the history file are two period brochures featuring the model along with copies of the Practical Classics magazine where this exact car was featured in a comprehensive buyers guide as the benchmark for someone wanting to find an unspoilt preserved Astra GTE. A highly prized classic Astra GTE, just as Vauxhall intended and ready to enjoy.

MOT March 2023, HPI Clear.

Vauxhall Carlton GSi 3000 24v

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The Big Daddy Vauxhall Carlton GSi 3000 24v with the last owner for 29 years.

EQUIPMENT
Body colour front and rear valances, front grille, sill mouldings, rear aerofoil and door mirror housings. Green tinted glass and graduated tint windscreen shadeband, twin rectangular exhaust tailpipes, headlamp wash/wipe, electrically operated sliding/tiltable sunroof with wind deflector, uprated sports suspension, limited slip differential, electronic anti-lock braking (ABS), multi-function check control computer, 7-function trip computer, LCD instrumentation, electric windows front and rear with safety auto-reverse, cruise control, central locking with security deadlock, power assisted steering, security alarm system. Dealer accessories; Sigma SG30 alarm, genuine Vauxhall mudflaps, Vauxhall carpet mats.

EXTERIOR
This imposing and rare Vauxhall Carlton is the most desirable 24v model with manual transmission and furthermore has enjoyed single fastidious ownership since it was just two years old. Finished in original solid Carmine Red, (Code E 547), the paintwork gleams thanks to its pampered existence which even extends to garaged storage within a dehumidifying air-chamber! A deep polished shine to the pin-straight factory panels is difficult to fault and the common troublesome areas such as the rear inner wheel arches are perfect. Some carefully treated frontal stone chips and a touched in scratch to the nearside front wing is visible and the underside is carefully protected without the unnecessary application of crude heavy underseal. The unique body trim pieces and aerofoils are in superb condition and free from distortion. Originality seekers will be delighted to see all glass panes security etched, including the graduated tint windscreen, still with factory labels as well as original light clusters and Cibie headlamps. A stunningly preserved and very rare Vauxhall.

INTERIOR
A truly spectacular interior with the Athena velour/leather sports seats finished in Grey, (Code 595), with contrasting red piping. The seats and matching trimmed door cards are in amazing condition with firm bolsters retaining correct shape. Only very light hairline creases to the driver’s seat outer bolster can be seen and the red piping remains very bright thanks to a careful entry and exit routine by the long-term owner. The headlining and carpets are in immaculate condition and the deliciously retro fascia is simply perfect! A lumber adjustment knob to the passenger seat is missing. All controls and functions operate seamlessly including the iconic LCD digital instruments with healthy readings. The LCD multi-function computer, cruise control and original Philips Vauxhall stereo cassette are present and fully working. The leather steering wheel proudly wears the Carlton GSi 3000 emblem and the leather to the gear knob is slightly worn. The huge immaculate luggage area contains the original jack and toolkit and even the boot floor has factory scribe markings! A delightfully retro performance executive interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The top performer in the Vauxhall range was this GSi 3000 featuring the C3.0i 24v engine with M1.5 Motronic engine management and Dual Ram variable intake system. Power output of 201bhp at 6000rpm and fistfuls of torque measuring 270Nm at 3600rpm, the car accelerates to 62mph in just 7.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 149mph! The engine bay is beautifully clean with original plates, labels, vehicle certification sticker and inner wing stampings. A replacement exhaust has been fitted. The preferred 5-speed manual gearbox has extra-close ratios to gears 1-3 to match the power of the 24v engine. The Big Daddy.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original GSi 7j x 15in forged alloys wheels are unrestored and display the correct high-polished alloy finish as well as the sharply defined ‘forged’ wording stamped to the inner rim, the definition of which is always lost upon the usual refurbished items. There is no kerb damage and only very light markings can be seen. All four road wheels are shod in matching Michelin 205/65 R15 tyres with masses of tread and the spare wheel is unused with chalk lines still visible to the original factory Michelin tyre. The Dual circuit brakes with electronic anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard fitment and the GSi model was fitted with uprated servo and larger 11.65in ventilated front discs. The braking system is in superb operating condition.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new on the 26th January 1990 by Vauxhall Main Dealer, Ben Whitehouse Ltd of Chester, the car was purchased at just two years old by Mr and Mrs Walker who have owned it ever since. Thankfully Mr and Mrs Walker had other day-to-day vehicles at their disposal and therefore the Carlton was used only in dry conditions and kept garaged inside a dehumidified air chamber. The condition of this pride and joy machine is a credit to its long-term owners and throughout its life has been subject to the highest levels of care, servicing and maintenance. The result is a car that performs every inch as good as it looks and is arguably one of the nicest unrestored examples in existence. The car has been used and enjoyed for 29 years by Mr and Mrs Walker who have only now made the difficult decision to sell due an impending downsizing house move. The large history file is neatly presented to contain Carlton range sales brochures, sale documentation and invoices as well as every MOT certificate dating back to the first in 1993 and every tax disc dating back to 1990. The original handbooks and service booklet are present with both sets of keys and Sigma alarm fobs. Completing the history file is a letter from Mr and Mrs Walker detailing their history with the car and even two 1990 issues of Performance Car magazine where features on the Carlton GSi are book marked! A prize example of a very rare Vauxhall.

HPI clear.

Vauxhall Victor FC 101 De Luxe

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A revered Vauxhall Victor FC 101 De Luxe with 42,424 miles and full history.

EQUIPMENT
Space Curve Design four door sedan body, Magic Mirror acrylic lacquer paintwork, triple-nickel chromium bumpers and hub covers, body brightwork in stainless bright metal, De Luxe badges, rustless anodised aluminium radiator grille, zone-toughened windscreen, opening front quarter lights, anti-burst door locks, lockable fuel filler, underbody seal, individual front seats, door armrests, dual sun visors, figured walnut veneer to fascia, central glove compartment with lockable sliding door, fresh air heater, temperature gauge. Dealer accessories; Seat belts, exterior mirrors.

EXTERIOR
In the late 1960’s Vauxhall were keen to shout about their new Space Curve Design which was a feature of this 1967 Victor De Luxe finished in Oyster Grey. This amazing survivor is an unrestored example boasting largely factory paint credentials and the panels are straight boasting linear even shut lines. The paintwork has a lovely polished shine which has drawn much admiration at classic car shows and Vauxhall Victor Owners Club events for decades! The previous retired owner since 2013 has lavished much care and attention to preserve this example which does include some obvious touched in marks applied with the intention of preserving the car. The factory chrome shines beautifully with some age-related marks and the Griffin front wing emblems, rear wing Victor 101 badges and De Luxe boot plaque are all present. The underside has been protected and has survived remarkably thanks to conscientious owners who knew the fate of those cars that had not been cared for! A delightful classic Vauxhall from a bygone era and proven show circuit success!

INTERIOR
The interior of this wonderful car is simply remarkable and remains in original condition. The Ambla upholstery in Casino Red has been preserved in amazing condition with no rips or tears whatsoever and the luscious red retains full deep colour. The matching door cards are in superb order as are the deep pile carpets and near perfect headlining. The brilliantly period and original fascia is overflowing with 1960’s nostalgia including the huge thin rimmed steering wheel with horn ring and the band speedometer. Unique to the De Luxe model was the walnut veneer panel trim which has some minor hairline cracks. The colossal luggage area still has the original black vinyl floor mat over the rock-solid boot floor and the vertically mounted spare wheel is present. Hugely nostalgic for anyone who experienced these cars when they were new and a wonderful insight for all to see just how simplistic motoring used to be!

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The factory fitted 1595cc OHV four-cylinder engine with down-draught carburettor produces 76bhp at 4800rpm and 128Nm torque at 2600rpm. The crisp engine sings into life effortlessly and the driving experience is delightfully charming especially with the 3-speed all synchromesh column mounted gear selector, which once familiarised is very easy to use. With factory plates and stickers still intact, the engine bay is clean and has been hand painted in areas for protection. Hugely simple to maintain and with excellent parts availability, thanks partly to a very active club scene, this Victor is a perfect family classic.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original steel wheels have been painted in body colour and still wear the stainless-steel full wheel covers which were again unique to the De Luxe model. The wheel covers are fully intact and in excellent condition and the matching premium brand Firestone 155/80 R13 tyres have plenty of tread. The rather antiquated 9in drum brakes all round with hydraulic service ‘umbrella’ handbrake is factory standard and the system is well maintained and in good working order.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new by Vauxhall Main Dealers, K.J. Motors Ltd of Bromley, on the 8th March 1967, this superb example has covered just 42,424 verified miles with four traceable owners from new. The history file begins with the new car sales invoice and loan agreement made out to first owner, Mr Dyer, who paid £743.12 and also included is the original loan letter from United Dominions Trust (Commercial) Ltd. The first issue buff log book has been kept and also records this information accurately. Remarkably, Mr Dyer owned the car for over 20 years until in 1988 it was sold to the second keeper, Mr Hughes. Mr Hughes also owned the car for almost 20 years and in the 1990’s began showing the car at classic car shows and Vauxhall Victor Owners Club events, the car being known to them ever since. In 2009 Mr Maley became the third owner and continued to show the car at club events, as did the fourth and final owner, Mr Osborn, who purchased the car in 2013. Now in his senior years, Mr Osborn was still using the car for shows as recently as summer 2021 but has now made the difficult decision to sell and allow the next owner to enjoy.

The history file is quite incredible with every MOT certificate carried out since the very first in 1970! There is also a handwritten mileage log for each of the cars 54 years including the mileage covered by each owner! The original owner’s handbook is present along with the large file of maintenance and service invoices. There is a display board which mounts on the centre console and holds trophies and awards including 1st and 2nd place at Vauxhall Victors Owners Clubs judging events, the first place being awarded at Billing in 2016. Despite MOT exemption for many years, the previous owners have still taken the car for the MOT each year, a further assurance of dedicated ownership, and the next owner will certainly benefit from this well cared for Vauxhall Victor who will hopefully continue to show the car.

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Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 1.8i LS

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A time warp Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 1.8i LS with one owner and 5,991 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Laminated windscreen, green tinted glass with windscreen shadeband, safety crumple zones, rigid passenger safety cell, anti-lock brakes (ABS), driver airbag, colour coded front grille, bodyside protection mouldings, colour coded bumpers, halogen headlamps, power assisted steering (PAS), electric front windows, central locking, tilt/slide sunroof, digital clock and external temperature gauge, cigar lighter, illuminated glove locker, vanity mirror, Grundig SC303 radio cassette, torch key. Dealer options; Vauxhall Mudflaps, tailored Cavalier mats.

EXTERIOR
This wonderfully nostalgic Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3, a once common sight on UK roads and instantly familiar to many, is now seldom seen and this example is preserved in showroom condition with incredible credentials of one owner and 5,991 miles. Finished in factory original Satin Red Pearlescent, (Code 72L), a cost option when ordered new, the paintwork boasts an incredible deep shine and uniform finish. In line with the exceptionally low mileage and strict garage storage, common troublesome areas such as the rear wheel arches are original and in great shape. All factory panels are damage free and the superb underside is in remarkable condition with fragile paper labels to suspension components long lost on most examples. There is a tiny ding to the bonnet, barely visible. The factory glass, GM Carello headlights, badges and trim sections are as new and the original supplying dealer number plates, rear screen sticker and tax disc holder remain. Certain to impress even the most ardent scrutineer.

INTERIOR
A spotlessly clean, functional and period Vauxhall interior is sure to delight fans of the Griffin badged cars! The original Polka Trim in Grey is in exceptional preserved condition commensurate with such low mileage. The matching colour keyed door cards and headlining are pristine, and the fleece carpets are preserved by tailored Cavalier over mats. The one and only owner was so protective of the car that he routinely laid newspaper in the passenger footwells so that outdoor shoes couldn’t ruin the mats and there is even some of the newspaper still in the car from 2002! Not entirely unwelcoming of passengers, the owner considered their comfort enough to place lounge cushions in the back, which are still there to this day! Functions and controls operate perfectly including the Grundig SC303 radio cassette and the dashboard and associated switchgear are as new. Prominent natural veins to the steering wheel and gear knob are an obvious trait of such a low mileage example and even the gearstick gaiter has not degraded, almost unheard of for a Vauxhall of this era! The immaculate boot floor has the factory insulating panel and the original polystyrene moulding holds the jack and wheel brace. It is almost inconceivable to imagine a better example, let alone find one.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Cavalier LS features the desired 1.8i 1796cc OHC four-cylinder engine developing 90bhp at 5400rpm and 145Nm of torque at 3000rpm. This example with 5,991 miles and having just had a major service, cambelt and water pump drives perfectly and the quiet yet free-revving engine is a delight. The engine bay is spotlessly clean, unaltered and displays original panel stampings, plates, stickers and fragile paper labels to components! The five-speed manual transmission is tight and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 14in wheels wear the correct LS specification hubcaps which are in pristine condition. The factory fitted Michelin Energy 175/70 R14 tyres remain fitted to all five rims to uphold originality but replacements should be fitted if the vehicle it to be regularly used. The standard 9.3in front discs and 7.9in rear drums are fitted and later Mk3 Cavaliers featured anti-lock brakes on all models as proudly advertised by the ABS boot badge. Having just undergone a brake overhaul the braking system operates perfectly.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new on the 28th September 1994, this exceptional example has covered just 5,991 miles from new with one owner. The car was supplied new by Vauxhall Main Dealer, Cowie of Leicester, to Mr Gianniono who according to the original sales invoice in the history file paid £11,600 less part exchange allowance of £3,500 for his 1988 Cavalier 1.6L. The purchase became more than a mildly contentious matter when Mr Gianniono arrived home with the car having not told his wife about the purchase. According to family members, Mrs Gianniono ‘hit the roof’ and ordered her husband to take the car back! Not an idle demand, there is a Vauxhall Exchange Eligibility Form completed when he tried to return the car stating ‘not happy with car’ on the paperwork. Whether Vauxhall refused to take the car back or Mrs Gianniono relented, the car was kept and has remained in their cherished ownership ever since! After perhaps a less than perfect start, Mr Gianniono being a man of Italian heritage hung a Cornicello ‘horn to bring luck’ from the rear-view mirror which is still there to this day! The Vauxhall vehicle literature pack contains some of the original dealership handbooks and two keys are present including the original working Vauxhall torch key. There is even a 1994 Edition 2 Cavalier range brochure! This beautifully preserved and collector’s quality Cavalier is a credit to its long-term custodian and offers capable, practical and comfortable retro motoring. A guaranteed hit at shows.

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Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

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A thrilling Vauxhall VX220 Turbo with an incredible 4,260 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Composite bodyshell, extruded anodised aluminium epoxy-bonded chassis, strong perimeter frame with deep side members, integral roll-over bar, drivers airbag, seatbelt pretensioners, adjustable lumber support, high-level centre brake, LCD multi-function display, instrument dimmer, gear shift-up light, aluminium starter button, air-blend heater, cigar lighter, storage pockets, drink holder, Momo leather steering wheel, Factory Options; Leather sports seats, passenger footrest, Blaupunkt Freiburg CD34 radio, floor mats.

EXTERIOR
A truly stunning design with a lean, purposeful and aggressive look with hard edges. These features are accentuated due to the stunning electric Europa Blue paintwork, (Code 2KU). The vehicle presents impeccably thanks to the incredibly low 4,260 miles covered and pampered ownership and all panels are virtually unmarked accept for some tiny stone chips to the front bumper. The black soft-top is pristine and there is a small chip to the front screen and the dark-style light housings have some markings. The all independent suspension is immaculate along with the rest of the underside and wheel arch apertures. This example will meet the approval of a discerning enthusiast or collector.

INTERIOR
The VX220 cockpit is developed to assist the driver in every way from the supportive sports seats finished in cost optional Blue/Black leather, (Code 20X), to the Momo leather steering wheel to offer superb grip and feel. The wide inner-sills are in remarkable condition having escaped the usual entry/exit wear. All controls and gauges work impeccably and there are two sets of charcoal carpet mats. All exposed aluminium and accessories such as window winders, gear lever and drilled pedals are bright and free from patina. Sparse and free from too many creature comforts, everything a focused sports car should be!

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A mid-mounted engine means perfectly balanced weight distribution and thumping acceleration is guaranteed from this two-litre turbo charged with an air-cooled intercooler motor. With 200bhp, 0-60mph is despatched in 4.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 151mph is quoted. Expert servicing from marque experts ensures optimal performance and the spotlessly clean engine bay and front compartment reveal pampered use only. A Larini stainless steel exhaust provides a rich and authentic sports car sounds, without being overbearing. Works to common weak spots have been addressed such as a high quality all aluminium OEM sized Direnza radiator fitted supported by high quality JS black silicone hoses (with reliable aluminium bleed valve) and marine grade stainless steel jubilee hose clamps. The five-speed close ratio Getrag gearbox with short throw is precise. This really is the ultimate driving experience.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unmarked 17’ staggered alloy wheels finished in Silver Sparkle look stunning and are shod in high specification brand new Michellin Pilot Sport 4 tyres all round, retaining original sizing to the rear of 225/45 and a slight upsize of 195/45 to the fronts. A four-wheel geometry laser alignment was carried out to ensure optimal handling. The braking system has been overhauled with the brake calipers stripped, recoated to factory spec satin black and new brake pad pins/springs and fixings. New MTEC slotted and drilled brake discs and new OEM spec Mintex brake pads with Goodridge stainless steel brake hose kit.

HISTORY FILE
Rarely does a VX220 Turbo come to market in such treasured condition. Purchased new from FG Barnes, Guildford, Surrey and registered on the 8th September 2005 this example has only had two former keepers from new and covered a warranted 4,206 miles. Serviced twice by the supplying dealing before being placed in professional storage at Plans Performance in Dorking by a wealthy collector in 2008. The vehicle was maintained by them with four further services documented. The last being in November 2020 at 3,995 miles. A major service, cam belt kit, water pump, pulley belt was carried out in 2019 at 3,960 miles. The current owner, Mr John Burnett is a fanatical perfectionist and gains enjoyment through cleaning and refurbishment rather than driving! For example just part of works included a full suspension refresh, removal of all eight wishbones, suspension units and uprights and vapor blasted and recoated to hard wearing factory spec yellow zinc. The list is comprehensive and along with the history file will leave no doubt this example will bring the ultimate driving experience to the next lucky custodian.

All handbooks, manuals, spare keys and a sales brochure are included along with all invoices neatly filed.

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Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 2.0GLi

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A very early F registration Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 2.0GLi with just 20,113 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Laminated windscreen, green tinted glass with windscreen shadeband, safety crumple zones, rigid passenger safety cell, silver coloured front grille, dark grey bodyside protection mouldings, black rear number plate panel, colour coded bumpers, locking fuel cap, halogen headlamps, power assisted steering (PAS), electric front windows, central locking, tilt/slide sunroof, electric heated mirrors, quartz clock, cigar lighter, centre console with cassette storage, illuminated glove locker, vanity mirror, underbonnet lamp, Philips DC670 radio cassette with automatic electric aerial. Factory options; Two-coat metallic paint. Dealer options; Vauxhall Mudflaps.

EXTERIOR
This wonderfully nostalgic Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3, a once common sight on UK roads and instantly familiar to many, is now seldom seen and this example remains in beautiful original condition having covered just 20,113 miles from new! Finished in factory original Haze Blue Metallic, (Code E 261), a cost option when ordered new, the paintwork boasts a wonderful bright uniform shine and polished finish. Only very light markings and carefully touched in chips are visible and common troublesome areas such as the rear wheel arches are original and in great shape. Garaged from new, all factory panels are damage free and the superb underside is free from excess applied underseal to allow easy inspection of the fantastic structural integrity. The factory glass, GM Carello headlights, badges and trim sections are in excellent order and radio security stickers and ‘Made in West Germany’ rear window label remain. The condition of this unmolested and cherished Cavalier is certain to impress even the most ardent scrutineer.

INTERIOR
A spotlessly clean, functional and period Vauxhall interior is sure to delight fans of the Griffin badged cars! The original Matlock Velour trim in Blue, (Code 111), is in very good order with no rips or worn bolsters. The matching colour keyed door cards and headlining are pristine, and the fleece carpets are preserved. All functions and controls operate perfectly including the Philips DC670 radio cassette with automatic electric aerial and the dashboard and associated switchgear are as new. Prominent natural veins to the steering wheel and gear knob are an obvious trait of such a low mileage example. The immaculate boot floor has the factory insulating panel, PDI chalk scribe and the original polystyrene moulding holds the jack and wheel brace. A comfortable modern classic remaining just as it did when the MK3 Cavalier ‘Sierra Beater’ was launched in 1988.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Cavalier GL features the desired 2.0i 1998cc OHC four-cylinder engine with automatic choke developing 115bhp at 5200rpm and 175Nm of torque at 2600rpm. This example having covered just 20,113 miles drives perfectly and the quiet yet free-revving engine is a delight. The engine bay is spotlessly clean, unaltered and displays original panel stampings, plates and stickers and factory protective wax. The five-speed manual transmission is tight and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 14in wheels wear the correct GL specification hubcaps which are in remarkable condition with only tiny scratches visible. Vauxhall experts will note the 14in wheels and hub caps as opposed the otherwise identical 13in fitment for lower engine models as well as the square as opposed to the rounded griffin badges on the hub caps as fitted to the earlier models. Brand new premium brand Uniroyal 195/60 R14 tyres have been fitted in April 2021 and the original Goodyear NCT tyres including the spare are kept with the car for originality purposes. Diagonally split dual circuit brakes with direct-action servo assistance feature 9.3in front discs and 7.9in rear drums to bring the car to a steady and assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new on the 31st January 1989, this exceptional example has covered just 20,113 miles from new and was one of the very first MK3 Cavalier’s sold on a F prefix registration plate, the new model only having been launched three months prior. The car was supplied directly from leasing company, Jessups Fleet and Commercial in Romford, and was believed to have been ordered for the wife of a wealthy businessman. At roughly a year old the car was sold as an approved used car by Gates Group Ford to the second owner who kept the car until 2020. The third and final owner, Mr Belemore-Smith, purchased the car as his Father used to own a near identical example and the car sat proudly alongside his Triumph Stag, Porsche 911 and classic Vespa!

The original Vauxhall vehicle literature pack contains all handbooks, radio guide and dealership point of sale paraphernalia along with the service book with six entries, the most recent being a service and cambelt change in December 2020 at 20,089 miles. Two keys are present including the original working Vauxhall torch key and there is even an Edition No 1 Cavalier range brochure from 1989! This beautifully preserved and unmolested Cavalier is a credit to its long-term custodian and offers capable, practical and comfortable retro motoring, a guaranteed hit at shows.

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Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 L 1600S

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A factory original Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 L 1600S with 29,992 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Laminated windscreen, safety crumple zones, rigid passenger safety cell, deep front air spoiler, burst-proof locks, bodyside protection mouldings, locking fuel cap, halogen headlamps, headlamp on warning buzzer, reversing lamps, remote control mirrors, air-blend heater with 3-speed fan, heated rear window, Philips AC 441 radio cassette, quartz clock, cigar lighter, centre console, illuminated glove locker and load area, courtesy lamps with integral reading light, vanity mirror. Dealer options; Mud flaps.

EXTERIOR
This delightfully nostalgic Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2, a once common sight on UK roads and finished in factory original Carmine Red, (Code 17L), boasts a superb uniform finish. All factory panels are damage free with straight shut lines, and the underside free from excess underseal allows easy structural inspection. The factory etched glass, Bosch headlamps, lights, badges and trim sections are in fantastic order and it is very rare to see Vauxhall bumpers of this era that are free from sun-bleaching such as these. Even the supplying dealer rear screen sticker and number plate remain attached. Hugely sentimental to many individuals who owned examples in the 1980’s, this age defying example is commensurate with its two owner, low mileage credentials.

INTERIOR
A clean, functional and period Vauxhall interior is sure to delight fans of the Griffin badged cars! The original Twill trim in Grey colour scheme is clean and in excellent order with just a couple of loose threads on the otherwise intact driver’s seat bolster. The matching colour scheme door cards and headlining are undamaged and the carpets are clean and in good order. The dashboard is free from cracks and all functions and controls operate perfectly including the original Philips AC 441 radio cassette although the LCD has leaked slightly. Prominent natural veins to the steering wheel and gear knob are an obvious trait of such a low mileage example. The immaculate boot floor has the original polystyrene moulding holding the jack, wheel brace and screwdriver. A very comfortable Vauxhall interior reminiscent of a simpler motoring era.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Cavalier L features the 1600S OHC four-cylinder engine with Varajet II carburettor and manual choke developing 90bhp at 5800rpm and 126Nm of torque at 3800rpm. This unmolested example having covered just 29,992 miles drives perfectly and the quiet yet lively engine is a delight with a respectable top speed of 105mph. The engine bay is beautifully clean, unaltered and displays factory plates and stickers as well as factory panels stamps to the inner wings. The four speed all synchromesh gearbox feels light and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Five factory original 5J wheels remain fitted with the near irreplaceable correct L specification hubcaps. Brand new premium Uniroyal RainExpert3 tyres have been fitted all round in August 2020 and the spare tyre is the factory Pirelli P4 item which is unused still with coloured banding and chalk marks! Diagonally split dual circuit brakes with servo assistance feature 9.3in front discs and 7.9in rear drums to bring the car to a steady and assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new by Vauxhall Main Dealers, Lookers of Colwyn Bay Ltd in North Wales, on the 1st January 1985, this remarkable example has covered just 29,992 miles with two owners. First keeper, Mr William Smith, owned it for just 13 months before he traded it back into the supplying dealer, Lookers. The second and only other keeper, Mr Marck Price, bought the car as an Approved Used Vauxhall and there is the order form and used vehicle invoice in the history file. Mr Price paid £5,195 less a part exchange allowance of £2,500 for his near identical 1983 Carmine Red Cavalier L Saloon! He clearly liked Carmine Red but perhaps simply wanted the newer style facelifted 1985 model!

An envelope containing all handbooks, guides and the service book suggests that the car was named ‘Bessie’! There is a further history folder containing every MOT certificate and evidence that the car was maintained exclusively by Vauxhall main dealers until being laid up in 2012 due to Mr Price hanging up his driving gloves. The last Vauxhall service was in 2012 at 29,941 miles. KGF Classic Cars have subsequently in September 2020 recommissioned the car including replacing the cam belt and water pump so it is ready for a new adventure to offer capable, practical and comfortable retro motoring. A guaranteed hit at shows!

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Vauxhall Astra L 1300S

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The most incredible Mk1 Vauxhall Astra L 1300S with just 10,448 miles from new.

EQUIPMENT
Laminated windscreen, safety crumple zones, rigid passenger safety cell, front air spoiler, burst-proof locks, locking fuel cap, halogen headlamps, twin rear fog lamps, heated rear window, reclining front seats, upholstered front seat headrests, folding rear seat, Phillips push button mono stereo cassette, quartz clock, centre console, lidded glovebox. Dealer options; mudflaps.

EXTERIOR
Only very rarely is such an incredibly special vehicle seen, one that has defied the years to truly deserve the term ‘Time warp’. This very early Mk1 Vauxhall Astra finished in Mandarin Red, (Code 533), boasts a virtually flawless factory finish commensurate with the ultra-low genuine mileage and even more remarkable is the fact that the car is unrestored. The gleaming paintwork would put most one-year old vehicles to shame and the trim sections are perfect. Unique features of this very early 1980 example include the tailgate Vauxhall lettering centralised, absence of rear wash wipe and rear number plate shroud, lower boot lock position and bumper mounted rear number plate lamp. Earlier cars, even the base L model, had bright finish exterior door handles that were later changed to satin black. Originality seekers will be further thrilled to see supplying dealer number plates still fitted as well as the super clean and untouched underside displaying factory markings. It is difficult to imagine this not being the best example in existence.

INTERIOR
As new! Rarely does the opportunity arise to describe a classic car interior as perfect, however in this instance we feel it is entirely justified. The Red Tweed Cloth upholstery, (Code 245), is representative of a 10,448 mile garaged example with no wear or fading whatsoever. The door cards, trim sections, carpets and headlining are pristine and the dashboard is flawless. The controls and switchgear boast bright symbols which have avoided fading and discolouration and the steering wheel and gear knob have defined natural veins which are usually worn smooth with increased use. All equipment operates perfectly including the Phillips push button mono stereo cassette and even the nostalgia evoking period Vauxhall scent hasn’t escaped into the 1980’s atmosphere! It is beyond words how amazing this interior is.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This 1300S incorporates the 1297cc OHC unit produces 75bhp at 5800rpm and 100Nm of torque at 4500 rpm. The car performs and drives beautifully and the instantly familiar free revving engine note is delightful. The engine bay is spotless and displaying factory plates, labels, PDI chalk markings and original panel stampings. The four-speed all-synchromesh manual gearbox is sturdy and direct. Simply wonderful.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Any collector will be delighted to see the standard 13in steel rims correctly 1980 date stamped and shod in the factory Michelin 155/80 R13 tyres. Those wanting to use the car are also catered for with a second set of pristine wheels shod in brand new premium brand Firestone tyres. The spare wheel is housed alongside a complete tool and jack assembly within the moulded foam holder. Diagonally split dual circuit brakes with servo assistance feature 9.3in front discs and 7.9in rear drums to bring the car to a steady and assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
Following UK launch of the all new German built Vauxhall Astra in March 1980, this very early example was registered new on the 4th June 1980 by Vauxhall Main Dealer, Moores & Newton of Wilmslow. The first registered keeper was sportswear and football equipment supplier, Umbro Ltd, whereby it was purchased by the Managing Director for his wife. After three years the car was registered to her personally and remained so until her passing in 2000 to be bequeathed to a family friend. The car has been in the hands of just two further collectors. The car was shown just twice by the previous owner, including at a large Ford show where it caused quite a stir by winning Car of the Show, considered sacrilege for a Vauxhall to do so at a Ford event!

The fantastic history file consists of the original book pack with all handbooks, guides, service booklet and dealership point of sale literature. There are two original sets of keys both with supplying dealer fobs and keys tags and even a ‘You’ll love driving our cars’ Astra badge! A further beautifully presented folder contains masses of invoices and receipts as well as every MOT certificate dating back to very first in 1983 to fully verify the mileage. Completing the superb history file are two original Astra Mk1 sales brochures. Personal inspection encouraged to appreciate just how special this car is.

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Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i Convertible

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A rare surviving Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i Convertible with just 56,559 miles.

EQUIPMENT
Laminated windscreen with graduated tint shadeband, halogen headlamps, rear spoiler, all-weather convertible hood, tonneau cover, safety crumple zones, deep front air spoiler, burst-proof locks, bodyside protection mouldings, locking fuel cap, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, remote boot release, air-blend heater with 3-speed fan, quartz clock, cigar lighter, continental style door armrests, centre console, illuminated glove locker, vanity mirror, rev counter, cassette storage. Factory options; Two-coat metallic paint.

EXTERIOR
This delightfully nostalgic Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 Convertible is a genuine example factory converted from new by German Coachbuilder Voll under the Hammond and Thiede brand. One of only 1,283 UK supplied cars and 2,873 produced in total, this is a is a rare survivor indeed. Finished in Anthracite Metallic, (Code E 107), the paintwork boasts a deep polished shine and uniform finish. Light touched in markings are visible upon close scrutiny but do not detract from the overall appearance. All factory panels are damage free with straight shut lines, and the factory finish underside free from excess underseal allows easy structural inspection. A brand-new quality hood and rear screen have been fitted and remain in perfect order, and the original tonneau is present. This unmolested example even retains supplying dealer branded number plates. Hugely nostalgic, this is the perfect retro open-top family tourer!

INTERIOR
A clean, functional and period Vauxhall interior is sure to delight fans of the Griffin badged cars! The original Grey Twill Sport cloth trim is clean and in good order. Only slight loosening of the driver’s seat base material and a neatly repaired nick to the outer bolster are points worthy of mention. The matching colour scheme door cards are in excellent order and the fully carpeted interior is clean. The dashboard is fully intact with no cracks and all functions and controls operate with exception of the factory fitted Philips DC 752 radio cassette, (A modern head unit is available should this be the new owner’s preference). A deliciously retro and very comfortable genuine four-seater convertible interior.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Cavalier features the 1.8i torque-optimised engine with Bosch LE-Jetronic injection developing a lively 113bhp and 151Nm of torque. This robust, reliable and free-revving unit offers a fun driving experience and a maximum top speed of 115mph. The engine bay is very clean and unaltered with factory plates and stickers as well as the all-important Hammond and Thiede build plate confirming this as Commission Number 19 1866. The five speed all synchromesh gearbox feels light and precise.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Genuine GM BBS Intra 5Jx14 alloy wheels are upgrade items in fantastic condition with nothing other than tiny scratches, visible only upon close inspection. Matching 185/65 R14 tyres have masses of tread remaining. Diagonally split dual circuit brakes with servo assistance feature 9.3in ventilated front discs and 7.9in rear drums to bring the car to a steady and assured halt.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new by Vauxhall Main Dealers, J & G Bland (Motors) Ltd of Haverfordwest on the 20th August 1986, this excellent example has covered just 56,559 miles from new. A new car sales invoice in the history file made out to first owner, Mr J V Grossey, illustrates the purchase price of £11,446.47 less a part exchange allowance for a 1984 Vauxhall Astra 1200 3-door! Amusingly, there is a letter in the history file from Mr Grossey to J & G Bland (Motors) Ltd to complain about being overcharged for ½ Litre of oil following a service. The reply from J & G Bland (Motors) Ltd is also in the file where a credit of 90 pence + VAT is offered!

The huge history file includes the full book pack with stamped service book as well as all handbooks including the original Cavalier Convertible supplement. A further colossal history folder contains a huge collection of receipts, Vauxhall main dealer invoices and MOT certificates dating back throughout the cars lifetime to fully verify the mileage and evidence devoted upkeep. This well preserved and unmolested Cavalier is a credit to its former keepers and offers capable, practical and comfortable retro motoring, a guaranteed hit at shows.

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Vauxhall Chevette Silhouette

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A Limited-Edition Vauxhall Chevette Silhouette with an amazing 11,967 miles!

EQUIPMENT
Flush fitting headlamps, underbody protection, sound insulation, distinctive strobe body stripes, twin rear fog lamps, matt black bumpers, chrome drip rail moulding, twin door mirrors, heated rear window, laminated windscreen, folding/reclining front seats, front head restraints, soft-feel steering wheel, electric screen wash, parcel shelf, Philips AN192 radio, courtesy lighting, cargo cover.

EXTERIOR
This original Limited-Edition Vauxhall Chevette Silhouette is the ultimate rare survivor having covered an incredibly low 11,967 miles from new.  Finished in factory Vauxhall Black, (Code 9BP), the paintwork boasts an unmolested uniform finish and deep shine.  All panels are factory fitment with linear gaps, perfect fit and no signs of repair work even being undertaken.  Minor paintwork blemishes and age-related markings along with a tiny boot lid ding are entirely forgiven.  The underside is untouched with factory stickers on the shock absorbers, PDI markings and there is even the date stamp behind the rear bumper!  The unique red strobe body stripes and Silhouette decals are original and undamaged and all other trim sections are near perfect.  Originality seekers will be further delighted to see supplying dealer number plates, window stickers, GM light clusters and even a disabled badge from 1987!  Almost certainly the best surviving example in existence and a once in a lifetime find.

INTERIOR
A wonderfully period and time warp interior.  Silhouette edition cars were based on higher specification ES models with this example featuring the Luxury Dapple velour cloth upholstery in Red, (Code 701).  The often loosely used term ‘pristine’ is entirely justified with this cabin space with everything in near showroom condition.  Remaining exactly as Vauxhall intended, all equipment, functions and controls are perfect in operation and condition, even the Griffin badged aerial puller is present!  Defined natural veins to the steering wheel, gear knob and switchgear are only found on such low mileage examples.  Transport yourself to a 1982 Vauxhall dealership with this truly delightful and retro Chevette Silhouette.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 1256cc OHV four-cylinder engine with 1 Ze-St carburettor produces 57bhp at 5600rpm and 89Nm torque at 2600rpm.  The engine bay is wonderfully clean, unmolested and displays factory plates and stickers as well as factory panel stampings to the inner wings and even PDI dabs, long lost on most examples!  The crisp engine sings into life effortlessly and the driving experience is delightfully retro!  The four speed all synchromesh gearbox feels effortless yet sturdy and the clutch action is smooth and light, a real joy to use.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original steel wheels are in immaculate condition and all factory fitted centre caps and wheel nut caps are present.  Brand new matching Goodyear Efficient Grip 155/70 R13 tyres are fitted and the spare wheel still wears the factory Continental rubber!  The spare wheel is housed in the pristine boot area which also has the original date stamps to the boot floor and even the jack!  Dual circuit brakes with servo assistance feature 9.4in front discs and 7.9in rear drums to offer ample stopping capability.

HISTORY FILE
Registered new by Vauxhall Main Dealers, F. C. Green Ltd of Hertford, on the 3rd August 1982, this one-off example has covered just 11,967 miles with one owner from new until 2019!  Mr Robert Johnston purchased the car new and his details are entered as the first owner in the original service booklet and on the old style blue V5 registration document.  The wonderful history file is a look back in time to a bygone era of motoring with items such as now obsolete period road maps in the plastic covers and a leather driving licence wallet for Mr Johnston.  There is even an unopened set of Champion spark plugs with price sticker from Halfords for £2.89!  Upon Mr Johnston’s passing, his wife could not bear to part with the car and it remained exactly where it was always kept, in the garage.  The family contacted a local garage to ask them to recover the car and recommission it with the view to the second owner being found.  KGF Classic Cars were contacted and were privileged to be entrusted with this task whereby the car was sold to an existing customer and classic car collector.  Having just purchased a further two cars from us, a Ford Fiesta RS Turbo and a Ford Fiesta ST150, our customer offered the Chevette back to make room and we could not resist!

The original plastic wallet holds all handbooks, radio guides and dealership literature and there is a collection of previous MOT certificates and invoices.  There are two sets of original Vauxhall keys with dealer fob and a limited edition Chevette Silhouette sales brochure to complete the history file.  This amazing survivor has all the key credentials of a very special car, limited numbers, low mileage, two owners and original.  A true part of Vauxhalls heritage.

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