Under the working title, ‘Luton Goes Large’, Vauxhall Heritage’s stand footprint at this year’s Lancaster Classic Motor Show at the NEC will be the biggest ever, featuring 60 years of the Griffin’s most salubrious and luxurious touring and saloon cars.
Starting in the 1920s, and running through to the 1980s, the display will celebrate Vauxhall’s sometimes forgotten excellence as a luxury car manufacturer in years past.
Rare and unusual cars like the pre-war Big Six BXL limousine will make a first appearance on Vauxhall’s stand at the show, along with a trio of Crestas – representing the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s – a Royale Coupe and perhaps one of the most iconic large sporting cars to wear a Griffin badge, the 30-98.
But large cars won’t be the only theme on this year’s stand. Some of Vauxhall’s Heritage cars are more famous than others, thanks to their presence in magazines and newspapers. The ‘In the News’ display brings together these former press demonstrators that were transferred to the Collection after their year of media glory.
In the News will include five ex-press cars, ranging from ‘001’ – a VXR220 which was the very first car to wear a VXR badge – to ‘K948 XGS’, the last Lotus Carlton to appear on Vauxhall’s press fleet in 1992.
This is the sixth year that Vauxhall Motors has had a presence at the Classic Motor Show, and its 12-car stand will be at the centre of a larger Vauxhall area, which it supports with branding and stand-carpeting for Griffin-related clubs. For 2017 these include:
- AutobahnStormers Car Club
- Cavalier & Chevette Club
- Chevette Owners Group
- Droop Snoot Club
- Opel Manta Owners’ Club
- The VX4/90 Drivers’ Club
- Vauxhall Cresta Clu
- Vauxhall FD Register
- Viva Drivers’ Club
Significant anniversaries being celebrated among the clubs will be the 50th anniversary of the FD Victor, and the 60th anniversary of the Victor nameplate.
Vauxhall Heritage will be at Stand 225 in Hall 5 at the NEC. The Lancaster Classic Motor Show (http://www.necclassicmotorshow.com/) runs from November 10-12, and is the largest show of its kind in the UK, with over 2,500 vehicles on display.