Vauxhall Motors will be celebrating four anniversaries this weekend as it makes its second appearance at this year’s Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.
Marking 110 years of continuous production in the UK – longer than any other car manufacturer – Vauxhall’s first birthday car, a 1903 ‘5HP’ will be on display. Fitted with a single-cylinder engine and 2-speed epicyclic gearbox, it achieved a top speed of 18mph. Compared with its rivals it had an advanced chassis, featuring a composite steel and wood structure. ‘BS 8213’ is the second oldest surviving Vauxhall in the world.
Celebrating its centenary, the 30-98 will show the remarkable engineering progress made by Vauxhall in the early 20th century. Officially the first UK car to achieve 100mph (in OE form), the 30-98 put Vauxhall firmly in the motorsport arena. The 1920 display car is on loan from Vauxhall and is one of the earliest surviving E-type models manufactured.
Fifty years ago, Vauxhall started producing cars at its Ellesmere Port factory in Merseyside, and the plant is still going strong in 2013, with its future secured into the next decade. Book-ending this remarkable production run are two cars: a 1963 Viva HA and a 2013 Astra Hatch. The Viva marked a radical move by Vauxhall back to the compact car market, and was a huge success, continuing for nearly 20 years in various iterations.
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