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1975-1981 VAUXHALL Cavalier Coupé/Sportshatch specifications

1975-1981 VAUXHALL Cavalier Coupé/Sportshatch specifications Classic and Performance Car

Although Vauxhall’s first Capri rival, the Firenza was popular enough as a sporting car, it lacked the all-round appeal to go head-to-head with Uncle Henry’s finest. The Cavalier Coupé and Sportshatch did, and picked up a useful market share, even though sales were split with its Opel Manta counterpart. The two-door car looked good, but the three-door added practicality into the deal – 1.6-litre cars were economical and brisk, while the 2-litre cars were impressive all-rounders. Unlike the Manta, they died in 1981, replaced by the next-generation FWD car.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £3,128
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,800
  • Price (good):
    £1,000
  • Price (average):
    £600
  • Price (project):
    £300

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.2secs
  • Top speed:
    110.0mph
  • Power:
    100.0bhp
  • Torque:
    100.0lb/ft

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Rigid axle (torque tube), coil spring
  • Drivetrain:
    Mid-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4455mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2517mm
  • Width:
    1671mm
  • Height:
    1321mm
  • Weight:
    1065kgs
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