A look back at 12 Griffin icons from Vauxhall’s archive.

Vauxhall is the UK’s oldest surviving home-grown brand, and their 117-year history is brimming with models that not only left an indelible mark on the face of British motoring, but also raised the bar in so many areas – performance, design, safety and technology.

From today, and for the next 11 days, we’ll post a short release with visuals about one Vauxhall from each of the dozen decades they’ve been manufacturing cars and commercials. Not all will be obvious choices – a tank will appear along the way, for example – but you will see how our models have changed radically to reflect the ever-changing demands and desires of British car-buyers.

So, from a tiller-steered, two-geared, chain-driven runabout to a near-600hp behemoth, welcome to the first instalment of Vauxhall’s long and varied product journey.