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Vauxhall Heritage Centre celebrates

by staff writer JP

In 2018 the Vauxhall Motors Heritage Centre will celebrate its first 25 years open to the public

Housing a collection of 75 vehicles, spanning the company’s entire 115 year history, Vauxhall Heritage Centre welcomes everyone to its Luton base. See everything from the first Vauxhall model a 5hp, 1 cylinder horeseless carriage to the latest 600hp VXR8 GTS-R.

Sitting between these book-end cars will be a few others with significant anniversaries. The 1918 D-type Staff Car helped mobilise the British Army during WW1. It’s also been 70 years since Vauxhall stopped building Churchill tanks for WW2. Recommencing car production at Luton with the L-Type Wyvern.

There are many other anniversaries in 2018 including 35 years since the first Astra GTE. An astonishing 55 years since the first Viva and 40 years since the first Chevette HS. Arguably the most important is Vauxhall’s best-selling Corsa, which turns 25.

Of course, there’s more to the collection than just production cars. The XVR and SRV concepts showcase Vauxhall’s industry-leading design capability in the Sixties and Seventies. The VX Lightning shows how this could have continued into the 21st century. There will also be a nod to Bedford, with vehicles ranging from the 1930 2-ton truck, to the CA and CF panel vans.

The breadth and quality of Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection is unique. With most cars roadworthy and maintained by Senior Restorer, Andy Boddy and Terry Forder. A majority of the vehicles were also built just around the corner from the Heritage Centre, at the famous Kimpton Road plant.