I’ve owned four Mk3 Cavaliers to date. In fact, until recently, I had three Cavalier Turbo 4x4s under lock and key! Add to that my role as administrator of the Mk3 Cavalier Owners Club, and it would be fair to say that I’ve got a lot of love for this classic Vauxhall.
I’m now down to two Turbo 4x4s following my recent decision to sell the 1993 Satin Red ‘minter’ that I’d owned since 2011. Parting with that car leaves me with a ‘92 Spectral Blue example and another Satin Red Turbo that currently wears an M-plate at each end.
The latter of the two remaining Cavaliers was bought with heavy modification in mind. In truth, I was afraid to detract from the ’93 car’s originality by toying with it too much, instead opting to restore and replace
performance VaUXHaLL its factory equipment with brand new genuine parts wherever possible. Reasoning that an additional Cavalier Turbo would enable me to tune to my heart’s content, I decided to seek out another of these nineties powerhouses of performance.
Already advertised at a low price, the second Satin Red car that would join my MV6 (at what increasingly looks like a Network Q dealership) is certainly not without its faults. A tired interior, a messy engine bay, rear quarter panel scratches, mismatched coil springs and a suspect turbocharger are all features that the seller described as ‘adding character’, although he came unstuck when trying to convince me that there was nothing wrong with the car’s electrics – my Tech 1 diagnostic machine never lies! That’ll be another £500 off the asking price, thanuverymush.
A Cavalier Turbo in need of work was what I was looking for, and that’s exactly what I’ve ended up with. Job done. Well, not quite. A series of vintage alarms appear to have been installed on the car over the years, leaving a mad mix of random wiring and additional dash lights dotted about its cabin. One of these security systems includes external proximity sensors
This is far from Dan’s first cav – and until
recently he had three 4x4 Turbos!
oh so 90’s dials were fitted
when Dan bought the car