Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch 2.0 GLS / 1979 For Sale
Make / Model - Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch 2.0 GLS 2000 Manual
Seller – Private (Based in Marlow, Bucks)
Price - £3,750
Odometer Reading - 62,413
Registration Number – FPA 668V
Date of First Registration – October 1979
Number of owners - 1 from new.
Engine Capacity / Fuel - 1979cc / Petrol
Paint Colour - Red
Interior: Black / Charcoal Grey Fabric
Equipment Specification: Original iconic ‘Rostyle’ wheels. Original Phillips Radio, Rubber Mats, 2 sets of keys
Condition - Generally good (See more below and photos)
Current MOT Certificate (Expiry Date – August 2019). No Advisories.
MOT Certificates available: 1982-83 until 2004-05 (But missing 2003-04, for some reason!)
Service History: Not available (been lost – see below)
The Vauxhall Cavalier Sports Hatch was a 3-Door Hatchback (maybe one of the first “hot” hatches!!) manufactured by Vauxhall from 1978 – 1981 when the Mark II Cavalier range (which did not feature a Cavalier Sports Hatchback) was introduced.
This Sports Hatch was owned solely by my father-in-law from 1979 until his recent death. It was driven on a daily basis until 2004 when he bought a more modern car (another Vauxhall – an Astra!!). At this point the Sports Hatch was subject to a SORN and parked in a dry garage and not used again by him. I have undertaken the responsibility of selling the car on behalf of the Family (I also sold the Astra back in March).
When we recovered it from his garage in March, it was not roadworthy (the MOT having expired in 2005). It seemed a shame to sell it as it was, so I have had a local Car Restoration Company (I know the person who runs it) thoroughly check the car over and rectify any minor problems. As you would expect after 14 years of storage, there were a few things to do, which were fairly easily sorted. The car passed its MOT last week (3rd August).
Work that has been carried out since March 2018
New Oil Filters & Oils
Anti-Roll Bar Links
Rear Wheel Brakes Cylinder
The above all cost just under £400.00 (Labour, fortunately, came at “Mates Rates”!!)
As I hope you can see from the photos, the body work is(in my opinion) very good for a 39-year old car. It’s not perfect. There several places where the paint has been rather amateurishly touched-up (see photo) and there is some rusting to one of the chrome rims on the original ‘Rostyle’ wheels. (as you can see from the photos one of the others isn’t anywhere near as bad). The sills and the underside are good with no signs of rust. There is quite a bit of chrome on the car which is mainly in good condition without major pitting.
The interior is also good with no roof–liner sagging There is one place in the driver’s seat where the seat has come unstitched along a seam but, other than that, no rips or tears to the fabric.
It starts, idles, runs and drives very well.
The tyres hold pressure with tread remaining.
There is a original-looking Phillips radio fitted. Unfortunately, the left-hand knob is missing and it is not possible to turn it on. Radios, of course, are very cheap!
2 sets of ignition and door / boot lock keys.
Miscellaneous Spare Bulbs
Spare Door Mirror Glass
Spare Passenger-side & Driver-side Door mirror Mounts
Haynes Workshop Manual.
Original Owner’s Manual
Some Bills & Invoices for work carried out.
Steering Wheel Lock
Slight apologies for the long description. However, with an old car like this, I feel it is better to provide as much information as possible.
So; this is a 39-year old car that was used regularly as a day-to-day vehicle until 14 years ago. It has had one owner and was well looked after.
It’s a shame that the Service Book has disappeared. However, anecdotally, I known that Geoffrey never missed a service (certainly the 2000 Astra of his that I sold in March had every relevant stamp in place!)
The mileage, whilst not crazily low isn’t particularly high for a car of this age.
With lower numbers of these hatches produced than the Cavalier Mark I Saloons, they are now not especially common (I have struggled to find many for sale). Although I have no idea how many are left in the UK. In my opinion, it’s actually quite an attractive car (particularly when you recall some of the awful-looking cars that were produced in the ‘70s!!)
Contact Details / Location / Payment
If you have any questions or want to view the car, please contact me (Andrew Donaldson) on 07831 539990.
I can also let you have my email address, if you prefer to use email.
The car is located in Marlow, Bucks. The Buyer would need to collect. It can, obviously, be driven away. But if you want to pick up with a trailer, access is relatively easy.
I would prefer payment by Cash on Collection or a direct bank transfer (cleared funds before collection) if possible, please. Cheques, these days, just hold things up.
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