Lot 343 - 1974 Vauxhall Viva 1256 Deluxe
|Odometer reading||32,617 miles|
|Result||Sold - £1,792|
The HC Viva (1970-79) was mechanically the same as the earlier HB version but had more modern styling and greater interior space due to redesigned seating and positioning of bulkheads. At this time, the Viva 2300SL and Firenza Sport SL did away with the letter-box speedometer and substituted an attractive seven-dial instrument pack. In September 1973, the Viva range was divided, the entry 1256 cc models staying as Vivas with an optional 1.8 litre engine if automatic transmission was chosen. The 1.8 and 2.3 litre models took on more luxurious trim and were rebadged as the Magnum in the USA. At the same time, the Firenza coupé was given a radical makeover with an aerodynamic nose and beefed up 2.3 litre twin carburettor engine mated to a ZF five-speed gearbox, turning it into the HP (High Performance) Firenza. The American influence was still obvious on the design, with narrow horizontal rear lamp clusters, flat dashboard with a 'letterbox' style speedometer and a pronounced mid bonnet hump that was echoed in the front bumper.
This rare Vauxhall Viva 1256 Deluxe, four-door saloon is one of the twenty one cars which were taxed for the road in 2014. Purchased by a film and television vehicle hire company in April 2013 for use in various productions, it has been fully checked through as reliability was essential when on set. Finished in gold with black vinyl seats and door cards, this Viva Deluxe is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2015. According to the DVLA, only 50 Viva 1256 Deluxes are still on the road in the UK and, being tax exempt, they are an ideal first classic car.
Price Guide £1,500 - £2,500
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.