Classic Vauxhalls get a rare public airing


Members of the public will be given a glimpse of more than 50 historic Vauxhalls when the company opens the gates to its heritage centre on 10 June.

The extensive collection ranges from pre-war cars through to models from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s – not to mention a sprinkling of unique concept cars.

Models on show include the first 1903 Vauxhall, a ‘droop-snoot’ HP Firenza – an example of which James Page drove in this issue of C&SC – a Chevette HS, Astra GTE and the headline-grabbing Lotus Carlton super saloon. A Royale and a Astra MK4 GSI will make their debut this year.

All the exhibits are kept in pristine condition by a team of two in-house restorers.

The free-to-enter open day coincides with the Luton Festival of Transport and there’ll be a free shuttle bus – a Roadmaster no less – ferrying visitors between the two events.

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