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