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A time warp Mk1 Vauxhall Vectra 2.0i 16v LS with one owner and 33,164 miles.
Laminated windscreen, green tinted glass with windscreen shadeband, safety crumple zones, rigid passenger safety cell, driver airbag, bodyside protection mouldings, colour coded bumpers, halogen headlamps, electric front windows, central locking, tilt/slide sunroof, Philips CAR400 stereo cassette, remote LCD stereo display featuring digital clock with time/date and external temperature gauge with ice warning, cigar lighter, illuminated glove locker, vanity mirror. Factory Options; Remote control ultrasonic security alarm system. Dealer Options; Vauxhall Mudflaps, Trafficmaster Oracle, Vauxhall carpet mats, Witter towbar with twin electrics, rear parking sensors.
This wonderfully nostalgic and very retro Vauxhall Vectra, a once common sight on UK roads and instantly familiar to many, is now seldom seen and this example is preserved in amazing condition having covered just 33,164 miles with one owner from new. Finished in factory original Flame Red, (Code L547), the paintwork boasts an incredible deep shine and beautifully polished finish. In line with the low mileage and strict garage storage, the body panels are preserved and pin straight. There is a touched in scratch to the lower nearside rear door, a small mark to the rear bumper and the Vauxhall front grille badge is slightly delaminated. The factory glass, Carello headlights and original supplying dealer number plates remain. A car to take you back to the ‘sales rep’ days of the 1990’s!
A spotlessly clean and period perfect Vauxhall interior is sure to delight fans of the Griffin badged cars! The original Traffic upholstery in Anthracite, (Code L98), is preserved with no undue wear to the fabric and seats bolsters are firm. The matching colour keyed door cards and headlining are pristine, and the fleece carpets are protected by tailored Vauxhall Dealer Sport carpet mats. All functions and controls operate perfectly including the Philips CAR400 stereo cassette and remote display with all pixels intact. 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 luggage area has the perfect carpet and parcel shelf and the side storage cubby has the original jack and wheel brace. Deliciously 90’s throughout!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This Vectra LS features the desired 2.0i 16v ECOTEC-4 petrol engine developing 134bhp at 5600rpm and 188Nm of torque at 3200rpm. This well-maintained example with just 33,164 miles drives perfectly and the quiet yet free-revving engine is a delight. The engine bay is very clean, unaltered and displays original panel stampings, plates and stickers. The five-speed manual transmission is tight and precise.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original 15in wheels wear the correct LS specification hubcaps which are in excellent condition. Matching branded 195/65 R15 tyres are fitted and have plenty of tread and the spare wheel still wears the factory fitted Continental tyre which has never been used. Featuring anti-lock braking (ABS) as per all models and with uprated size discs 288mm front and 286mm rear, correct for the 2.0i 16/2.5i V6 models, the brakes are well maintained and operate perfectly.
Registered new on the 1st August 1997, this exceptional Vectra has covered just 33,164 miles from new with one owner. The car was supplied new by Vauxhall Main Dealer, Perrys of Preston, to Mr and Mrs Whiteside. The new vehicle order form confirms the price paid of £13,438.99 less part exchange allowance of £9,000 for their P registration Vectra 1.8i which Mr Whiteside decided was underpowered and wished he had chosen the 2.0 engine! The Vauxhall document wallet houses all handbooks, point of sale literature and the stamped service book as well as two original keys. The most recent service was in 2022 with approximately 200 miles covered since and the cambelt and water pumped were documented as changed in 2019 at 31,518 miles. A separate large folder holds many service and maintenance invoices as well as MOT records dating back to the first in 2000. There is even a 1997 Vectra range brochure! This beautifully preserved Vectra is a credit to its long-term custodian and offers capable, practical and comfortable retro motoring, a guaranteed hit at shows.