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Vauxhall to display most cars ever at this year’s Classic Motor Show

By raccars Published

Viva GT

Preview of Vauxhall Motors’ Heritage Centre’s plans for next month’s Classic Motor Show.

Vauxhall is preparing to put on its biggest ever appearance at this year’s Classic Motor Show. The Lancaster Insurance show will be held at Birmingham’s NEC between November 11 and 13 and is one of the largest events of its kind in the world.

It is the fifth year that Vauxhall Motors’ Heritage Centre has supported the event and this year it will be celebrating two of its own anniversaries, together with the export history of the company. This Heritage Centre, which is the home of one of the biggest manufacturer-owned collections of cars in Britain, will use the Classic Motor Show to mark 85 years since Bedford was born and 50 years since the launch of the Vauxhall Viva HB.

On display at this year's show

At the centre of this year’s GB Viva display at the Classic Motor Show will be a Mark 1 GT dating from 1970. The car will be making its first public appearance after being completely restored. The ground-up restoration project was carried out by Terry Forder, Andy Boddy and members of the Heritage Centre team and took two years to complete.

The Monza Red 2.0 Viva GT is believed to have been Vauxhall Motors-registered when new and features original Rostyle wheels. It will be joined at the Classic Motor Show 2016 by a 1966 Viva SL, which is also owned by the Heritage Centre.

Another star of next month’s show looks set to be a replica of the DTV GT racer, which was driven by British saloon racing driver Gerry Marshall, who has previously been named as one of the best racing drivers in history. The DTV GT was made race-ready by Bill Blydenstein and was a contender in the Osram Saloon Car Championship of 1971.

Export history celebration at the Classic Motor Show

The Vauxhall presence will also focus on vehicles which were made by Vauxhall to be sold in global markets, meaning an appearance by an F-Type Envoy from the New Zealand market, a North American Velox E-Type from 1957 and a Portuguese Wyvern L-Type from 1949.

Also attending the event will be 13 Vauxhall owners’ groups, including the Cresta Owners Club, the Viva OC, the Cavalier & Chevette OC and the Droopsnoot OC.

Almost from its beginnings in 1903, the Vauxhall company became known as a prolific exporter of vehicles. By 1965 the brand had produced no less than ten million vehicles which were destined for overseas markets. This accounted for one third of all of the exports from General Motors’ worldwide.

From Bedford beginnings

Vauxhall is Britain’s only Light Commercial Vehicle manufacturer still in existence and the 85 years since the company’s Bedford CV division was created in 1931 will be celebrated at November's Classic Motor Show. The celebrations will arrive in the form of two of the brand’s most recognisable models. These Luton-built vehicles will be a Viva HA van and a 1.3-litre Bedford CF Series-1 panel van. The latter has been fully restored, whilst the Viva HA will be remembered for its two-decade production run, extending from 1963 to 1983.

The Vauxhall manufacturer’s stands and the owners’ clubs will create a Vauxhall Zone at this year’s Classic Motor Show. The zone will be housed in Hall Five, where Vauxhall banners will surround the perimeter. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is now Europe’s biggest club event and is amongst the top five classic motor shows to be held anywhere in the world.

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