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1975-1981 VAUXHALL Cavalier Mk1 specifications


The Cavalier proved to be a major turning point for Vauxhall – the Opel Ascona-based saloon proved the perfect weapon for the Luton manufacturer to go Cortina fighting. Like the Chevette, it was well-engineered, handled well and was great on the motorway, but the larger car also had the benefit of being offered with an engine range spanning 1.3- to 2.0-litres. Luton built cars were more prone to corrosion than their Belgian counterparts, but all were leagues ahead of earlier models – even if it was at the expense of their ‘Britishness’

Production

  • Production:
    238,980
  • Price at launch:
    £2,749
  • Price (excellent)
    £1,500
  • Price (good):
    £800
  • Price (average):
    £450
  • Price (project):
    £250

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    13.0secs
  • Top speed:
    100.0mph
  • Power:
    75.0bhp
  • Torque:
    85.0lb/ft

Engine

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

Chassis

  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4321mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2517mm
  • Width:
    1654mm
  • Height:
    1379mm
  • Weight:
    1000kgs

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