NEW ZEALAND CLAS­SIC CAR READ­ERS’ WRITES Vaux­hall Shove-it T

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New Zealand Classic Car - - Reader's Writes -

hanks for the ar­ti­cle on the much over­looked, of­ten ig­nored and usu­ally spurned Chevette (Mo­tor­man,nz Clas­s­ic­car­june 2015), or Shove-it as some call these cars.

While it was a well-writ­ten ef­fort, there are some points that need tweak­ing.

a. The Chevette En­duro was al­ready on the mar­ket be­fore the 1980 facelift, as wit­nessed by the at­tached scan of the front cover of a cat­a­logue show­ing the ex­posed-head­light Chevettes.

b. There must have been a typo, as the last para­graph in the first col­umn states that the Chevette stayed in GM’S line-up un­til 1977, and then the ar­ti­cle goes on to ex­pound on assem­bly be­ing car­ried out un­til 1981.

c. The Pon­tiac Aca­dian was a Cana­dian mar­ket de­riv­a­tive of the Chevette, and was not mar­keted in South Amer­ica at all.

d. The Chevette was not Bri­tain’s first hatch­back — that hon­our goes to the Austin A40 Fa­rina Coun­try­man of 1958. There is also the mat­ter of the Austin Maxi from 1969?

Also, there are many facts on the Chevette and its cor­po­rate cousins that the ar­ti­cle did not touch on, prob­a­bly ow­ing to space con­straints. Here are some:

1. The three-door hatch was not orig­i­nally in GM’S T-car world pro­gramme, and was in­cor­po­rated by Vaux­hall and taken up by Chevro­let for its ver­sion across The Pond. Later, GM in the US and Canada would de­rive a five-door vari­a­tion sold un­der the Chevro­let Chevette and Pon­tiac T1000 ban­ners.

2. Brazil was the first mar­ket to launch the Chevette in mid 1973 (as a Chevro­let), beat­ing the Opel Kadett C’s Ger­man de­but in au­tumn that year.

3. Ar­gentina and Uruguay had their own ver­sions of the Chevette — the Opel K-180 and Ameysa Con­dor, re­spec­tively. For some un­known rea­son GM felt the need to use the Opel rather than Chevro­let name for

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