Lot 233 - 1979 Vauxhall Chevette HS
|Odometer reading||72,780 miles|
|Estimate||£19,000 - £25,000|
The Chevette was manufactured in the UK from 1975 to 1984 and was Vauxhall's version of the family of small 'T-Cars' from their parent, General Motors (GM); this also included the Opel Kadett in Germany. However, the Chevette 2300HS was created for rally homologation. In 1976, at the instigation of new chairman Bob Price, Vauxhall decided to increase their profile in International rallying. In conjunction with Blydenstein Racing, who ran 'Dealer Team Vauxhall', they developed a rally version of the Chevette.They created a far more powerful Chevette variant by fitting the much larger 2.3 litre slant four engine into the shell, using a sixteen valve cylinder head which Vauxhall was developing. Suspension and rear axle were from the Opel Kadett C GT/E, while the gearbox was a Getrag 5-speed. Chevrolet Vega Alloy wheels (similar in appearance to the Avon wheels used on the droopsnoot Firenza) were used, as well as a newly developed glass-reinforced plastic air dam. The resulting car was fast, with 135 hp (100 kW), and a far cry from the small-engined Chevettes from which it was developed. In order to compete in International rallying, the car had to be homologated for Group 4- the class the HS was to compete in - meant building 400 production examples. The result was a fast car with good handling, if rather unrefined. Like the Droopsnoot Firenza, the HS was available only in silver, with red highlighting and a bright red, black and tartan interior.The HS was a great success as a rally car, clocking up notable wins for drivers such as Pentti Airikkala, Jimmy McRae and Tony Pond. It was a challenge to the most successful rally car of the time, the Ford Escort, winning the British Open Rally Championship for Drivers in 1979 and for Manufacturers in 1981.
This wonderful example of these rare homologated cars is presented in silver with black/red interior. It has been cherished by one family who have owned the car since 1982. There is a fully documented mechanical and body restoration which was carried out by Country Classic Cars and completed in 2017. These are exciting “ hot hatches” which are a thrill to drive and one in this condition is an opportunity not to be missed.
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