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VAUXHALL VIVA (HC TYPE)

2-door/4-door saloon/estate car.

Long-running and commercially successful small/medium range, on 97ins wheelbase version of HB floorpan and running gear, but with barrel-profiled smooth new body style. In true GM/Vauxhall style, all manner of engines and trim combinations, plus the basis for the Firenza coupé models. Most with small Viva-type engines (1256cc for 1972 on), others with Victor type overhead cam slant-four (introduced early 1972). Most with front discs, which were standardised for 1974 when big-engined cars become Magnums. Small engines/transmission also went into later Chevettes, which eventually ousted the old-fashioned but reliable Vivas.

Technical Specifications

Engine:
1159cc/1256cc (S4 OHV), 1759cc/2279cc (S4 OC) 
Configuration:
Front engine, rear-wheel drive 
Production dates:
1970 to 1979  
Number produced:
549,288 saloons, 91,575 estates