5 Vaux­hall CheVette 2300 hS/hSR (1979-80)

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WHY IT’S HERE For Vaux­hall to gain rally ku­dos and thus sex up the Chevette range in the late 1970s

Build­ing a works rally beast used to be so sim­ple. You took a small fam­ily car, shoe­horned in the big­gest en­gine in your range that would fit, then up­rated the brakes and sus­pen­sion to match. It’s a well-tried for­mula that nearly al­ways re­sults in some­thing ex­cit­ing and a lot of go­ing side­ways. Which is ex­actly what Bly­den­stein Rac­ing/Dealer Team Vaux­hall did with the Chevette 2300 HS.

That ‘HS’, in case you hadn’t made the link, stands for Ho­molo­ga­tion Spe­cial, in hon­our of the 400 ex­am­ples that Vaux­hall would have to build and sell to qual­ify the car for in­ter­na­tional Group 4 ral­ly­ing. The Chevette proved to be quite suc­cess­ful on the stages too, clock­ing up wins in the hands of Rus­sell Brookes and Tony Pond and re­ally an­noy­ing Ford who for too long had been rather dom­i­nat­ing pro­ceed­ings with its Es­corts.

The Chevette was fast and fine-han­dling, if rather un­re­fined for a road car that cost twice the price of a reg­u­lar Chevette. But to re­main com­pet­i­tive Vaux­hall had to build an evo­lu­tion ver­sion to ho­molo­gate up­grades – the HSR. It only needed 50 of those, so con­verted un­sold HSs (re­put­edly just 32 in re­al­ity), adding fat arches, inch-wider wheels, a twin-plate clutch and five-link rear axle lo­ca­tion.

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