Club’s bid to get 50 Viva GTs to show

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Vaux­hall Viva clubs are join­ing forces to gather 50 ex­am­ples of the rare GT to mark the model’s half cen­tury.

And they have their work cut out, ac­cord­ing to Viva Out­laws club chair­man, Guy Turner. He says: ‘ There are only about 80 world­wide. To be hon­est it’s a pipe dream but if we can do this it would be fan­tas­tic, and we’re go­ing to try our best!

‘Per­haps we should aim for 30, the num­ber of ex­am­ples on the road, but you never know.’

The Viva GT was in­tro­duced in 1968 with the two-litre from the FD Vic­tor, close ra­tio gear­box, twin Stromberg car­bu­ret­tors and im­proved brakes. Some were even de­liv­ered with matt black bon­nets. By the time pro­duc­tion ended in 1970, 4606 ex­am­ples had been built.

The Vaux­hall Viva Own­ers’ Club and the Viva Driv­ers’ Club are join­ing forces to root out GTs for a gath­er­ing at next year’s Vaux­hall Bed­ford Opel As­so­ci­a­tion Rally at the Mar­ket Har­bor­ough Show­ground, Le­ices­ter­shire.

Guy adds: ‘ There are some GTs in New Zealand and a few in Canada. Maybe we could get them along!’ All GTs are wel­come, what­ever their con­di­tion. Nick Larkin

If you can help, email Guy at vi­va­man@talk­talk.net

Now for an­other 46! Four GTs fea­ture in this shot from the VBOA Rally along with an even rarer Brab­ham.

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