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M25 Classics – 1984 Vauxhall Astra

M25 Classics – 1984 Vauxhall Astra

The Astra was an important car for Vauxhall, both replacing the long-running Viva and competing with more modern rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and Mk 3 Ford Escort. Launched in 1980, the example we have here is from the last year of production.

1984 would see this first generation model replaced by the more smoothly-styled Mk 2, which makes this car an interesting part of the British brand’s history. Many would lead hard lives as family vehicles, and together with corrosion and mechanical neglect it meant that not many survive today.

This car was registered in February 1984 and is in L trim, although the 1600S badge means it was fitted with one of the larger engines to be offered in the Astra range. And although not powerful by today’s standards performance is lively enough to keep up with modern traffic.

Not a great deal is known about this particular car’s story, but we do know that it hasn’t been used on the road for around thirty years. Also, the fact that it was stored inside rather than being exposed to the elements has helped preserve its condition.

It is impressively original, in fact, and while there is going to be some corrosion to deal with we think it would make a great basis for a restoration. It would certainly make for an enjoyable family classic, and being quite rare today it would get plenty of attention at shows.

The Astra badge has been with us for more than four decades, and is still going strong today, but it all started with the model we have here. That makes for a very interesting classic, and one Vauxhall fans are likely to find very appealing. It is great to see one at this year’s show.

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