1976-81 VAUX­HALL CAV­A­LIER MKI 66 LEFT

Stylish, great to drive, and a mo­tor­way happy 1970s state­ment

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We’ve prob­a­bly for­get­ten just how much the Cav­a­lier MkI set the bench­mark and prob­a­bly saved Vaux­hall. It may have been noth­ing more than a slightly tweaked Opel As­cona and orig­i­nally built in Bel­gium, but it looked good, drove and han­dled beau­ti­fully and could spend hours on mo­tor­ways with­out flus­ter. In ad­di­tion, there was a great range of specs and en­gines from 1.3 to 2.0 litres. All are ex­tremely rare – more so than the equiv­a­lent Ford Cortina, cer­tainly – mainly thanks to the fact that so many suc­cumbed to rust and were un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously scrapped.

BUY­ING TIPS

Check for cor­ro­sion in the sills and floor­pans, and make sure that the chas­sis legs’ front mount­ing sup­ports are sound.

Brake calipers are prone to seiz­ing, springs sag – and even break – with age and univer­sal joints wear quickly.

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