When launched in 1975, the Chevette was a new departure for Vauxhall. It combined the General Motors T-Car platform that had proved so successful in Germany as the 1973 Opel Kadett C, and the willing 1256cc Viva engine/transmission package.
It was a very competent small car that was offered in saloon and estate car form. In addition, Vauxhall engineered a new hatchback rear end that ended up being used across the rest of General Motors, most notably as the Opel Kadett City. The ‘droopsnoot’ styling was penned in Luton by Wayne Cherry, and proved to be a Vauxhall styling signature for a decade after making its debut on the Firenza HP. It also set Vauxhall apart from its German counterpart, even if it meant that in a number of markets, the two companies ended up competing.
Easy to drive and a tidy handler, the Chevette proved popular enough to remain in production until 1984 – long after it should have been replaced by the Astra. It ended up making way for the Spanish-built Vauxhall Nova.
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Keith Adams takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. Forgotten today, the Vauxhall Chevette was once the apple of England’s eye. However, back in the summer of 1987 – for better or worse – Keith Adams also succumbed to the Griffin’s charms. The General comes […]
Keith Adams Thanks to the generosity of the guys at Vauxhall Heritage, I’ve been able to tick off another of those ‘must-do’ drives. You see, I have a little bit of a dark secret. I love Vauxhalls. Okay, only certain ones, if I am honest. So, don’t worry, I am not going to idolise the […]
ALL too often, pub conversations about cars turn to history, and how old cars are better than new ones – even before you’ve got through your second pint of Old Speckled Hen, someone trots out that tired old cliché ‘things were better in the good old days’. To find out for ourselves once and for […]
This one’s bound to be controversial, but given Vauxhall’s current plight, and the liklihood that what remains at Luton will be put out to pasture, we thought we’d pay our respects by offering up this prized Chevette for Car of The Month. Styled by Geoff Lawson (later of Jaguar) and Wayne Cherry, the curious RWD […]