Comprehensive restoration by Vauxhall’s Heritage Centre to be show at this year’s NEC Classic Motor Show
After a two-year restoration, Vauxhall Heritage is set to display a Monza Red Viva GT at this year’s NEC Classic Motor Show. Taking centre stage on Vauxhall’s ten-car display – its biggest at the show yet – the Viva GT will be on hand to mark the Viva HB’s 50th anniversary.
The restoration was undertaken by Vauxhall’s Heritage team, Andy Boddy and Terry Forder, with help from apprentice, Chris Smith. The Viva was chosen by the team due to its excellent history, and the fact that the 1970 mk1.5 GT is thought to have been originally registered by Vauxhall as a company car back when it was new – supported by the car’s ‘YXD’ registration number.
Although the body was found to be in reasonably sound condition, it was sent to Enviro Strip to be fully acid dipped, and then sent back to the workshop for various repairs. Due to the fact that repair sections for a lot of the underside are not available, most of it was fabricated by specialist Keith May. SEE RELATED: Vauxhall Viva Buying guide
Following the rebuild, the car was sent to Automotive Refinish in Milton Keynes, which is part of the BASF group. Although it was originally painted in Sebring Silver, the Vauxhall Heritage decided to paint the GT in the slightly more vibrant Monza Red – complete with Tasman Orange stripes.
The 2.0-litre engine has also been rebuilt by Andy and the team, but the race is on to get the car back together and completed before the NEC Classic Motor Show reveal at 11.00am on Friday 11 November.
‘We’re now on the finishing straight with this restoration,’ said Andy. ‘It’s been a real labour of love for the team over the last couple of years, and sometimes quite a challenge when we have 70 other vehicles in the collection to maintain, too. But we’re confident that on Friday, November 11th – the first day of the show – the car will be ready to take pride of place on our stand.’