Classics Monthly - - Reader Restorations 2018 Round Up -

Fol­low­ing on quickly be­hind Robin’s Auto Union in the Fe­bru­ary is­sue was Clive Emery’s re­cently re­stored Vauxhall GTE. As these cars were once a pop­u­lar choice amongst ‘boy rac­ers’ in the late ‘Nineties, most sur­viv­ing GTE’s Clive saw had been ragged to death and it took a while be­fore a suit­able un­mo­lested ex­am­ple was fi­nally lo­cated. Reg­is­tered in 1990, this MkII GTE came with an im­pres­sive history file con­firm­ing that the cars’ mileage of just over 105,000 miles was spot on. Pre­vi­ously to Clive find­ing it, the Vauxhall had been stored off the road for ten years and a full nut and bolt me­chan­i­cal restora­tion was fol­lowed by a bare metal re­spray. Fel­low mem­bers of the As­tra MkII Club rec­om­mended a spe­cial­ist to re­build the GTE’s 16-valve 1988cc en­gine and helped lo­cate some of the hard to find parts to com­plete the restora­tion.

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