1972 VAUXHALL VIVA HC Registration Number: DOF 481K Chassis...






Registration Number: DOF 481K
Chassis Number: 931112E174253
Recorded Mileage: 77,357 miles

After several years of decline, the Vauxhall Viva helped revive the fortunes of the Luton-based manufacturer. The small saloon went head-to-head with Ford’s Escort and Cortina, selling between 1963 and 1979 1.5-million examples.

The HC Viva was mechanically the same as the earlier HB but with more modern styling and greater interior space. From 1973 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. The HC ran through to 1979, being replaced by the new Astra model.

This well maintained 1972 Viva HC is offered complete with its original bill of sale (for £826) and file of MoT certificates, also service and maintenance invoices over the years. A useful upgrade is the Weber carburettor conversion, giving enhanced performance and economy. Subject to a previous restoration, the bodywork has been repainted and presents well, as does the vinyl interior trim. Usefully the Viva is fitted with a retro Caliber stereo with auxiliary input and Bluetooth connectivity. Driven regularly, the Viva comes complete with a set of workshop manuals, two sets of keys, original sales brochure, and a number of useful spare parts.

The Viva shows now just over 77,000 miles recorded, and is nicely presented in Henley Blue with a Black vinyl interior. A rare sight on British roads and a really fun entry level classic.

Auction Date: 13th Apr 2024 at 2pm

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13th Apr 2024 2pm (Lots 1 to 45)