- Vauxhall Magnum
The Magnum was a car manufactured by
Vauxhall Motorsfrom 1973 to 1978. It was an HC Viva with larger engines, more luxurious interior, vinyl roof, higher trim level and twin headlights. It shared its suspension and drive train with the larger-engined variants of the Vauxhall Viva and Firenza.
The smaller engined version used the 1800 cc
Slant Fourengine, and a twin-dial instrument panel, while the more powerful version used the 2279 cc Slant Four and had a 7-dial instrument panel. Both were available in 2 and 4 door versions, a fastback-shaped 3 door estate and a coupe. All had "Rostyle" wheels. Confusingly, it was also possible to buy Viva models with the larger engines, but with vinyl interior trim. The continuing lack of coherency of the model range during that period was one of Vauxhall's main marketing problems.
The Magnum badge also superseded the Firenza badge used on the 2-door coupé model, which name was then used exclusively for the HPF "droopsnoot" model from 1974 (see Firenza). The Magnum model range continued until 1978: by then it was increasingly being overshadowed in the domestic market place by the Ascona based Vauxhall Cavalier.
The various trim and body options that were originally exclusive to the Magnum made their way over to the Viva, producing the top of the line Viva GLS, in a bid to shore up the increasingly poor sales of the model. The Viva range was finally discontinued in 1979. The Magnum name was adopted for the Viva 1300 in
New Zealandfrom 1975, where it had the four headlight frontal treatment of the British Magnum, but standard Viva interior trim.
s and a distinctive paint job: "Extra Dark Wine" with bright red striping and highlights. This model was always rare and is now highly collectable. Vauxhall marketed this car as a "hatchback", since it was coming under increasing pressure from new European models such as the Golf that were hatchbacks. However, the Sportshatch shared its bodyshell with the Viva Estate (which was only ever produced in a two door plus tailgate configuration).
Performance was quite brisk, but fuel economy was never the Magnum's strong point.
* [http://www.vauxhallviva.com/ The Vauxhall Viva Owner's Club] (Owner's Club catering for all Viva models)
* [http://www.droopsnoot.co.uk/ DroopSnoot Group] (Owners' Club catering for Vauxhall's 'droopsnoot' model cars, including the Firenza, Magnum and Chevette HS/R)
* [http://www.vauxhallheritage.com/index.asp Vauxhall Heritage] (Suppliers of Heritage Vauxhall Spare Parts, closing down apparently soon)
* [http://www.vboa.org.uk/ VBOA] (Vauxhall, Bedford and Opel Association)
* [http://pages.zoom.co.uk/vivaoutlaws/ Viva Outlaws] (Owners Club catering for modified and racing Vivas, owners of the Viva GT Register)
* [http://www.vivadriversclub.zoomshare.com/ Viva Drivers Club] (Owners Club catering for all Viva models, for owners who wish to drive their Vivas)
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