The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1

The General’s turn-around Vauxhall was in trouble in the early 1970s, and sales were taking a nosedive. The Viva might have been selling reasonably well in HC form, but in the fleet car market where the Ford Cortina Mk3 was king, the FE-Series ‘Transcontinental’ Victor singularly failed to measure up to this – or the […]

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2


Vauxhall’s new pragmatism… FEW WOULD have predicted Vauxhall’s stunning turn-around in fortunes during the mid-1980s. A mere dozen years before the launch of the Cavalier Mk2 in August 1981, the UK’s iconic GM division had a shocking reputation in its home market for producing rusting cars that just didn’t stack up against the opposition from […]

The cars : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3


The Vauxhall Cavalier Mk3 (or Opel Vectra A for our European readers) was a completely different animal to the popular car that it replaced… well, it was to look at. Mike Humble tells the story of GM’s streamlined Ford Sierra fighter. The streamliner that everybody loved Towards the latter part of the 1980s, the Ford […]

Concepts : Vauxhall Silver Aero

Silver Aero being made (2)

Shown at the 1980 Birmingham Motor Show, the Vauxhall Silver Aero was a design study to show both the capabilities of the Luton styling team, but also demonstrate that there was plenty of life left in the old U-Car Cavalier Mk1. It was an exciting, turbocharged coupe, which had potential – but only one was […]

Unsung Heroes : Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6LD


Once again, Mike Humble takes a drive down the roads of yesterday and celebrate the cars that littered the highways and byways of Britain that now are virtually all gone in this popular series of classic clunkers. Going the distance… eventually You know, I’m sitting here right now thumbing through one of my many collected […]

Video : Three generations of Vauxhall Cavalier

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 (2)

Between 1975 and 1995, the Vauxhall Cavalier was one of the UK’s favourite family cars. Watch three generations of TV advertising to see just how the Cavalier moved with the times. Enjoy the changing styles through 20 years of Vauxhall, and let us know which is your favourite of the three… 1975 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 […]

Tested : Cortina vs Solara vs Cavalier

Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1, Talbot Solara and Ford Cortina 1.6L

Rep race Back in 1980, if you wanted the ultimate business tool on wheels, you (or your company’s fleet manager) bought a Ford Cortina. Vauxhall and Talbot didn’t necessarily agree, offering the Cavalier and Solara as very capable rivals. But which was best then and now, the Ford Cortina 1.6L, Vauxhall Cavalier 1600GL or Talbot […]

Why we love the… Vauxhall Cavalier SRi

The Cavalier SRi in original 1983 guise - The ultimate Mk2 Cav? We reckon so.

Proof again that great cars are not always super cars. The first in a brand new section of AROnline favourite everyday cars from an era when everything was alright with the world. Mike Humble kicks off with an essay on one his many childhood and adolescent sweethearts… Flying from Luton In the modern world, your […]

Drive story : Cavalier – then and now…


Keith Adams enjoys a week in Vauxhall’s very own Cavalier Mk1. But it does get him thinking about the past and present. And asking the obvious question. Cavalier progress I’ve already introduced Vauxhall Heritage’s timewarp Cavalier 2000GLS. And you already know just how important this car was to the overall health of the British arm […]

Blog : Enjoying a week in a Cavalier!

1980 Vauxhall Cavalier 2000GLS

Keith Adams I’ll start this blog by admitting I’m creating it from a completely biased position. My first (legal) car on the road was a Cavalier Mk1, and despite it being ropier than a ropey thing fashioned from hemp, I had a lot of great times in it. Character-building episodes, such as locking my keys […]

Advert of the week : Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2

Enjoy a minute's worth of Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 action

Keith Adams Remember when 90bhp was enough? When the Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 was launched in August 1981, it really did revolutionise the repmobile market. Yes, as FWD saloons went, it was conventionally engineered, but its solidity and all-round competence did rather a lot of GM’s fortunes. The result: fleet managers quickly switched allegiances from Ford. […]