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A naughty little Vauxhall Rascal Van with just 23,763 miles from new.
All-steel welded integral construction, right and left hand sliding side-loading doors, laminated windscreen, 2-speed windscreen wipers, electric screenwash, twin door mirrors, twin tailgate struts, locking fuel filler, front and rear mud flaps, high back reclining seats, hinge-down glove box, door map pockets, cab interior light, load compartment lamp, 3-speed fan, twin sunvisors, cab entry assist handles, cigar lighter, full length headlining, cab rubber floor covering. Factory options; Grundig 304 AM/FM radio, telescopic A-pillar aerial, heated rear window, tailgate wash/wipe. Dealer accessories; Genuine Vauxhall load compartment barrier, cargo area ply-lined.
These original Vauxhall and Bedford light vans are virtually extinct in any form, let alone in such incredibly preserved and time warp condition. Finished in its factory coating of Breeze Blue, (Code 15L), the paintwork boasts a deep polished shine and uniform finish with original decals fully intact. A few very small dings and light chips to the factory paint are entirely forgiven considering this is an unrestored commercial vehicle, the majority of which were used, abused and thrashed. The underside is clean and free from excess underseal to allow easy inspection and appreciate just how well preserved this example is including factory spot welds clearly defined in areas such as the wheels arches and sills. Pleasing to see are the supplying dealer number plates, tax-disc holder, registration etched glass and rear screen sticker all still fitted. The supplying dealer, Robin Hood Garage, tailgate decal has also survived! Having covered a mere 23,763 miles and used clearly for light duties, this surely has to be one of the most privileged and cossetted Rascals in existence! Despite the tiny dimensions, an impressive capacity of 2.65 cubic metres and maximum load of 590kg is quoted making this capable cheeky commercial ideal for business advertising and a superb marketing tool!
The interior of this remarkable example is virtually perfect and exactly as a Rascal should be. The Basalt Grey Twill cloth seat trim, (Code 821), is unmarked and completely free from wear, as is the matching colour scheme Basalt Grey vinyl door trim. The full length headlining is flawless with no rips or tears from bulky loads! The original rubber floor covering can be lifted easily to inspect the cab floor which is incredibly well preserved, as are the usually rust prone front steps and inner arches. The fascia and switchgear are perfect and all functions and controls operate seamlessly including the Grundig 304 AM/FM radio. The rear load area has clearly seen very little use and has been protected by a genuine Vauxhall load compartment barrier as well as ply-lining. The original toolkit is complete in the glovebox. A truly outstanding interior reminiscent of a 1991 Vauxhall/Bedford van dealership!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The simple and robust four-cylinder 970cc Suzuki sourced engine develops 45bhp to achieve a top speed of 73mph. This wonderful little engine offers simplicity and economy with both seats easily tilted to allow complete access to the engine compartment which is very clean with all stickers and plates intact. The original jack and wheel brace are correctly stored in the engine compartment and jack handle clipped to the front inner bulkhead. The five-speed gearbox is precise and driving this exceptionally low mileage Rascal is an absolute joy with smiles guaranteed!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard 4B x 12 steel wheels in factory correct white are in brilliant condition and complete with the original centre caps. Five matching branded and commercial rated 155 R12C tyres have masses of tread remaining. Dual circuit servo assisted brakes feature 215mm front discs and 220mm rear drums all of which are well maintained and perform as intended.
Supplied new by Vauxhall Main Dealer, Robin Hood Garage in Penge, this example was registered new on 14th August 1991 to first owner Mr Goff whereby hire purchase documentation and welcome letters at the point of sale confirm the new van price of £6,500. This remarkable preserved example has covered just 23,763 miles from new and the condition inside and out is entirely reflective of this, as is the superb driving experience.
The original Robin Hood Garage document wallet houses all handbooks, supplements and radio guide as well as the original service book. A service and coolant flush as well as full safety inspection and rear brake overhaul was carried out in March 2023. Completing the history file is two sets of GM keys and a Vauxhall Rascal range and accessories brochure. Personal inspection really is the only way to fully appreciate just how special this little Rascal is and any trip to a classic car show will result in much admiration and nostalgic praise!
MOT February 2024, HPI Clear.
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