Tucked away in a modest building, next to Vauxhall’s main office in Luton, is the company’s Heritage Workshop, a timeless treasure trove of vehicles bearing the Griffin badge.
Step inside and, providing its fleet isn’t out working, you’ll find around 75 Vauxhall cars ranging from the nearly new to the very early 1900s.
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The collection is used by Vauxhall to satisfy the needs of the UK press as well as for the company’s own promotional and marketing purposes.
A few of the cars have been with the company since day one but the majority have been purchased from caring owners for the very purpose of being part of this collection.
You’ll notice that I haven’t once used the word museum, as this place is anything but. Rather, the vehicles here are taxed and tested, ready to take on the roads at short notice. That’s thanks to three full-time staff , who work to keep these meticulously maintained cars in true timewarp condition.
Sift through the images below and you’ll find everything from rust-free Cavaliers, Astras and Calibras to pre-war cars and even concepts.
Many of the cars are regularly borrowed by those higher up in the firm and some of the classier vehicles have even been used for staff weddings.
A Monaro sits in near darkness
The smiling face of Vauxhall’s first Cavalier
1966 HB Viva SL
This charming Viva GT had just undergone a 3-year nut and bolt restoration
It’s been a while since Vauxhall cars held a square Griffin badge up front
This low-mileage Astra VXR Nurburgring Edition is destined for classic status
This Mk2 Astra GTE 16v was probably my favourite from the entire collection
Everyone following you knew exactly what you were driving
Even the oldest cars are in regular use
I never knew that Vectra wing mirrors could fold in this way…
Vauxhall’s forward-thinking SRV concept, as unveiled at the 1970 London Motor Show
Flared rear wing of the Mk3 Astra GSI
A scale model of a Bedford truck is one of many interesting artefacts surrounding the cars of the collection
Droopsnoot Firenza must be worth big money already
As a favourite amongst the rudeboy, standard Astra Mk3 GSIs are now few and far between
Most of the cars in the fleet are taxed and tested and therefore ready to drive
Vauxhall cars from all eras are maintained within the building’s workshop
At 113 years of age I think we can forgive this one for leaking a bit of oil
Vauxhall FD Ventora
Period parts galore
Like a young man trapped in an old people’s home…
The Vectra is now a fairly rare sight on UK roads
Probably the cleanest Cavalier arches on earth
’66 Vauxhall XVR concept car
Last minute checks as the Viva GT is lifted on the four-poster
The 16hp engine from a 1909 Vauxhall B-type
GTE a load of that
This immaculate V6 Calibra was borrowed by one of Vauxhall’s executives the other day – just for fun!
Wire wheels from one of the earlier cars in the collection
888 Astra Coupe is one of just 100 produced
A glimpse into the radical interior of Vauxhall’s SRV concept car
Quite a line-up
Miles cooler than a Mk2 Golf, in my opinion
’75 Vauxhall FE Victor 2300S
On the left of this photo is the Vauxhall 30-98, the first British production car to top 100mph
Remember when these were around every corner?
Vauxhall FC Victor 101 Super
This Mk2 Cavalier really does look like it was made last year
Another view of the collection’s mint Calibra
It’s entirely possible that two bits on this bench could have been made a century apart from one and other
Timewarp interior fabric from the Mk1 Astra GTE
This ex-parts van looked as if it had just rolled off the production line
Vauxhall’s Heritage Collection is a wonderful place for anyone passionate about Vauxhall cars
These were great little cars in their day
Retro radness wherever you look
Vauxhall’s own Lotus Carlton has hard a hard life, although you’d never know it
Two very clean Cavaliers
I was lucky enough to get a drive in this Mk1 Astra GTE shortly after taking this photograph
The slant 4 lump of Vauxhall’s soon-to-be-restored Viva GT
Ultra-rare Vauxhall Royale coupe
A gorgeous little Chevette HS
The Mk2 Astra 16v is so 80s it hurts
This delightful little Nova isn’t part of the collection – yet. It’s owned by a Vauxhall staffer
The Mk1 Astra GTE remains a great looking car
Chevette HS wheels
1934 Vauxhall Light Six ASY
I’d like to say a big thanks to Pamela and the Vauxhall Heritage team for making this happen.