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Vauxhall Viva (HC)

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Vauxhall Viva (HC). 1970–9 (prod. 640,863, incl. Magnum). 2- and 4-door saloon, 3-door estate, 2-door coupé. F/R, 1159, 1256 cm³ (I4 OHV), 1599, 1759, 1975, 2279 cm³ (I4 OHC). Larger, more modern Viva for the ’70s, with carryover engines, and two-litre unit used for export to Canada, where the car was rebadged a marque-less Firenza and sold at Pontiac dealers. Still not the best reputation for reliability, but greater performance from larger engines from 1971, which replaced carryover ones; coupé added the same year, and the two-litre unit returned to the domestic market. Range divided into Vauxhall Viva and Vauxhall Magnum in 1973, with more upmarket trim for the latter, as well as the 1·8- and 2·3-litre engines. Some engine differences with South African Chevrolet Firenza and related to Chevrolet 1300 and 1900 (q.v.).

Manufacturing locations: Ellesmere Port, Merseyside, England; Luton, Bedfordshire, England

Marque: Vauxhall | Model: Vauxhall Viva | Predecessor: Vauxhall Viva (HB) | Successor: Opel Kadett D

q.v. Vauxhall Firenza

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