Vauxhall’s Vivacious Viva!

February 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Vauxhall introduced the very first Viva – a two-door saloon powered by a 1057cc four-cylinder engine – in 1963. Although the HA Viva’s box-like body wasn’t about to win any beauty contests, under the skin the car featured up-to-date features such as an all-synchro four-speed gearbox, rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension, while buyers could [...]

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Affordable Sports Saloons Part 2. 
The 1960s: GT or not GT

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The move towards more-fun-to-drive cars gathered pace through 1958 and 1959, as the big companies began to realise that brisk performance could be designed into a family saloon without much company design effort or expenditure and sell at a sensibly higher (and more profitable) price to add more appeal to their model ranges. While some [...]