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Vauxhall first started out as the "Vauxhall Iron Works" based in London, specialising in marine engineering. By 1903 Vauxhall had branched out into making cars, its pre-WW1 models being luxury grand tourers. Famous Vauxhall cars from this era included the Prince Henry and 30/98 models.

General Motors acquired Vauxhall in 1925 and so the cars started to become more "mass market" and were built in greater numbers. Following WW2 Vauxhall launched a series of successful models such as the Velox, Victor, Cresta and Viva. Today the Vauxhall name is only used in Britain, all export models being badged as Opel.

Source: Motorbase

1903-to date

The Vauxhall Iron Works was established at Vauxhall in 1857 to supply steam engines for the working boats on the River Thames. Experimental work with petrol engines began in 1902 and the first motorcars were made the following year. These were light vehicles, more American than European in concept, with front-mounted single-cylinder horizontal engines, side-tiller steering and single chain drive. Output was about car one per week. A more substantial 12-14hp car with a 3-cylinder vertical engine was brought out towards the end of 1904, and this was joined by a 7-9hp 3-cylinder model the following January.

Vauxhall moved to Luton during 1905 and was soon making cars of decided sporting potential of which the 'Prince Henry' model, precursor of the vintage 30-98 sports car, was the prime example. General Motors of America took control of Vauxhall in 1926, thus securing the firm's future.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Vauxhall

Agila

Agila

2004-2004

Astra Convertible

Astra Convertible

1987-1991

Astra Coupe

Astra Coupe

2000-2005

Astra Estate

Astra Estate

2004-2004

Astra GTE 16V

Astra GTE 16V

1988-1991

Astra MK1

Astra MK1

1980-1984

Astra MkII

Astra MkII

1984-1991

Bedford Beagle

1964-1973

Belmont

Belmont

1986-1991

Big Six BXL

1934-1936

Big Six BY/BX

Big Six BY/BX

1934-1936

Brabham Viva HB

Brabham Viva HB

1967-1968

Cadet VY/VX

Cadet VY/VX

1931-1933

Calibra

Calibra

1989-0

Carlton

Carlton

1978-1986

Carlton

Carlton

1986-1994

Cavalier

Cavalier

1975-1981

Cavalier

Cavalier

1981-1989

Cavalier

Cavalier

1988-1995

Cavalier 16V

Cavalier 16V

1989-1995

Cavalier 4WD

1988-1995

Cavalier Estate

Cavalier Estate

1983-1988

Cavalier Saloon

Cavalier Saloon

1975-1981

Cavalier SRi

Cavalier SRi

1987-1988

Chevette

Chevette

1975-1984

Chevette HS

Chevette HS

1976-1979

Chevette HSR

Chevette HSR

1979-1980

Corsa 3 Door

Corsa 3 Door

2004-2004

Corsa 5 Door

Corsa 5 Door

2004-2004

Corsa VXR

Corsa VXR

2007-0

Cresta

Cresta

1964-1965

Cresta Epic

Cresta Epic

1954-1957

Cresta PC

Cresta PC

1965-1972

Firenza Coupe

Firenza Coupe

1971-1971

Firenza Droopsnoot

Firenza Droopsnoot

1973-1975

Fourteen

Fourteen

1946-1948

Frontera 3 Door

Frontera 3 Door

2004-2004

Frontera 5 Door

Frontera 5 Door

2004-2004

H Ten-Four

H Ten-Four

1937-1940

HIY Ten-Four

1937-1947

HIY Twelve-Four

HIY Twelve-Four

1946-1948

J Fourteen-Six

J Fourteen-Six

1938-1948

J Fourteen-Six

J Fourteen-Six

1939-1940

Light Six ASY/ASX

Light Six ASY/ASX

1933-1934

Light Six DY/DX

Light Six DY/DX

1935-1936

Light Six DY/DX

Light Six DY/DX

1937-1938

Lip Velox

Lip Velox

1948-1951

Lix Wyvern

Lix Wyvern

1948-1951

Lotus Carlton

Lotus Carlton

1980-1992

Magnum 1800/2300

Magnum 1800/2300

1973-1977

Meriva

Meriva

2004-2004

Monterey

Monterey

1994-1999

Nova

Nova

1983-1992

Omega Estate

Omega Estate

2004-2004

PA Velox/Cresta

PA Velox/Cresta

1957-1960

Senator

1984-1987

Senator

Senator

1987-1993

Signum

Signum

2004-2004

T/T80

T/T80

1930-1932

Tigra

Tigra

1994-0

Twelve-Four

1939-1940

Twenty-Five GY/GL

Twenty-Five GY/GL

1937-1940

Type I Twelve-Four

1939-1946

Vagabond

Vagabond

1953-1955

Vectra Estate

2004-2004

Velox

Velox

1957-1960

Velox Eip

Velox Eip

1951-1954

Velox Eipv

Velox Eipv

1952-1957

Velox/Cresta PB

Velox/Cresta PB

1962-1965

Viceroy

Viceroy

1980-1982

Victor 101

Victor 101

1964-1967

Victor F

Victor F

1957-1959

Victor F Series II

Victor F Series II

1959-1961

Victor FB

Victor FB

1961-1964

Victor FC

Victor FC

1964-1967

Victor FD 2000

Victor FD 2000

1967-1972

Viscount

Viscount

1966-1972

Viva GT

Viva GT

1968-1970

Viva HA

Viva HA

1963-1966

Viva HA90

Viva HA90

1965-1966

Viva HB

Viva HB

1966-1970

Viva HB 1600

Viva HB 1600

1968-1970

Viva HB90

Viva HB90

1966-1970

Viva HC

Viva HC

1970-1979

VX1800/VX2300 FE

VX1800/VX2300 FE

1976-1978

VX220

VX220

2004-2004

VX4/90

VX4/90

1961-1964

VX4/90 FC

VX4/90 FC

1964-1967

VX4/90 FD

VX4/90 FD

1969-1972

VX4/90 FE

VX4/90 FE

1972-1978

Wyvern

Wyvern

1948-1951

Wyvern Eix

Wyvern Eix

1951-1957

Zafira

Zafira

2004-2004

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