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Introduction

Welcome to Vauxhall's Heritage Centre site. The Vauxhall Heritage Centre is based in Luton at the company's headquarters and houses over 70 vintage and classic motor vehicles and a massive photo and document archive, all an integral element of Vauxhall's history in the UK. The vehicles are maintained by a dedicated heritage team who ensure that they are either ready for road or show use as and when required.

The launch of this new section provides information on Vauxhall’s history from the early 1900's to the present day - Vauxhall has been continuously manufacturing and selling motor vehicles in the UK since 1903. You'll be able to find spec sheets on the historic collection, photographs and also details of any upcoming events, including the annual Heritage Centre Open Day, Drive It Day, Classics on the Common and the Vauxhall Bedford Owners Association (VBOA) rally at Billing Aquadrome.

“We will also highlight a car from the collection each month with key facts and stats. Vauxhall’s heritage centre vehicles are available for press loans in support of editorial features. We are happy to arrange a loan within specific guidelines and based on each individual requirement - please feel free to contact a member of the Product communications or Press Fleet team. We are also happy to assist if there is anything you cannot find on our website or if you would like further information on a particular car.

We hope that you enjoy exploring this tab and find it useful.

110 years of Vauxhall in 110 seconds

Car of the Month

 

CAVALIER MK1

The Cavalier was a turning point for Vauxhall. It took the sales-fight to Ford with its Cortina, and later Sierra, and over three generations and nearly 20 years’ of production 1.8 million were sold in Britain, making it the fifth most popular car ever sold on our shores – and one of the best-loved.

But the first-generation car got off to a surprisingly slow start in the UK. Based on GM’s U-car platform, the Opel version – badged Ascona – had arrived in 1974, but only a few hundred were sold, possibly indicating an early ambivalence among Brits to the European brand ...